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Yakima/Naches, Klickitat, Upper Columbia/Kettle , Methow, and Olympic
Ice Flow on the Yakima
Things are starting to thaw out from LLumma upstream...
Pretty tough to cast your fly through the ice. Tough conditions on the Yakima currently. Based on the upcoming weather forecast, We should see things improve dramatically at the end of next week. When the water temps drastically like it just did....the fishing can get real tough. However, when the water temps go the other way (up), even just a little, the fishing can get GREAT.
The river is dropping, but for the last two days the river has been punched. We will keep you updated...
The swing and nymph fishing prior was GREEAAT.
Ditto last report....
Absolutely great fishing on the Yakima. Both nymph and streamer techniques have been effective. Nymphing #8-10 Stone Nymphs and a variety of tailers in the #14-18 size range has been very effective. The streamer fishing has slowed a bit still WORTHY. The quality of the fish right now is remarkable...
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The river bumped up quite a bit and is now on the drop. Airtemps are pretty cold. It is supposed to warm up some of over the weekend.
Ditto last report but a little slower due to the inclement weather change!
Yakima continues to fish average to pretty darn well the last
few days currently with nymph and streamer tactics. Size 16-20
BWO and Midge patterns like Red Brassies, Black WD-40s, and
Bubbleback Emergers, and small Rubberlegs Stones take the
cake subsurface recently. The best nymphing has been from
11-3 and swinging natural, olive or white streamers early
and late in the day can be good for some aggressive takes
from a few nice fish in the right places. Yakima trout are
readying for winter, and like the reciprocal months of February
and March, the rest of this November into the middle of December
can offer some of the best fishing of the year on stable weather
days for 4 or 5 hours daily, with hardly anyone else around!
Fishing on the Yakima is outstanding for numbers. Lots of 11-15 inchers with a handful of 16-20 inchers. Blue Wings, Mahoganys and Cahills are the predominant bugs - Octobers in the shadows. Dry dropper and bobber set ups have been very consistent. The entire river fom South Cle Elum to roza is fishing goooood...
The Fishing on the Yakima has been STELLAR. See bug choices below..
Recent cooler temps have slowed things a bit but we are still meeting with good success. Small nymphs seem to be the ticket for the overall productivity. #14-20 Wd-40's, PT's, PT Flashbacks, RS-2's, Lightning Bugs, etc...... are some of the goto's for the trailer flies on tandem nymph setups.
The soft hackle swing is certainly a worthy choice with a #14-18 Partidge and Grey or Sulphur and Cream.
Dry Fly fishing has been spotty but "hot" in isolated zones . A simple Sparkle Dun #16-18 presented drag free will suffice.....The hard part is to see the little flies so that you can present the fly drag free. Don't be afraid to over shoot the target and drag mend your fly back into the feeding lane. When yyou use this technique make sure to do it far enough ahaid of the fish so as not to spook them.
The Salmon Spawn is over and Fall fishing with October caddis and isolated Baetis and Cahills has been the ticket. Water has good clarity considering the huge amounts of rain received. Some of the best of the Fall is just around the corner....
Leaves are falling in the farmlands making dry fly fishing a little slow. Crane flies and October Caddis adults are definitely about. Seems that the best times to fish are from 10-2 and 3:30-6:45. Flows were pretty low - 1300 at Umptanum, before the rain which has bumped up to about 1532 in the last few days. We are finding big fish hanging out in little buckets and drops.
The river has dropped and the water temps were a bit warm based on the last heat wave and low levels. However this recent cooler weather pattern has helped the H20 temps and the fishing has been a steady GOOD. Not Great, Not Bad....just good trout fishing.
Tip of the week - The dry fly fishing is not just on the bank; especially now that the levels have dropped. In fact we would give only 25 % of our dry fly placement on the bank currently. look for mid river drops, prominent seems and structure.
Best Dry Fly this past week - Mahaney's Monger
Fishing on the Yakima is Rockin' - Good to great dry fly fishing recently. Favorite bug the past two days #12 Royal Stimulator
End of Story.
Ditto last report!
The Yakima is currently experiencing the annual drop of summertime irrigation flow and fishing has been fairly good the last couple of days after a spell of rather slow fishing. The gradual drop is a major transition, but can offer some of the best dry fly fishing of the summer The hard water that has been pinning the trout to the banks softens and the trout simply have more time to track and react to the fly, and many of the harder, faster runs become productive again. There can be some definite tough times as well, especially when the river experiences a sudden large drop, as it takes the fish some time to re-acclimate and become comfortable again, but overall, terrestrial fishing through the end of the month into September is good! Bigger foam bugs and Chernobyl style dries that have been necessary and effective all summer in the high flow lose their luster at this time and have been less productive lately Smaller, more realistic dries composed of natural materials like Parachute Hoppers, Bullethead Hoppers, and Dave's Hoppers along with bugs like the Gypsy King and Peacock Madam-X serve as great Hopper/Shortwing stone imitations. As the bank flow lessens and the trout get some reprieve, it's very important to lengthen the leader a touch and lighten up the rope! A 9ft 4x leader is a great choice now rather than a 6 or 7ft 2x or 3x leader that we get away with all summer. Above all, let your fly fish cleanly through the seam......ALL THE WAY down it. Cast at the top of the collision or obvious seam, keep your line all the way upstream away from the bug, and let it ride down and out! A "seamless" presentation wins every time over being tight to the bank at this point in the season after being picked on all year, and the trout just simply aren't sandwiched into the grass anymore with less water volume! Knowing it's the real thing means much more to a trout than you being a foot further than your bug touched down, because if a nice trout decides it wants a terrestrial or summer stone, they'll come that extra bit and get it 9 times out 10, but any sloppy presentation within a few feet of them.....meaning your fly line creeping in on your bug, harsh mending, and errant recasting won't raise them at all after being picked on all summer!
No Bs - Fishing in the Lower Canyon and Farmlands has slowed a bit while the Upper Canyon has turned up a notch. When fishing the Upper Canyon make sure to have a vaiety of terrestrials including the Hopper but not limited to it. Often times the Upper Canyon gives up fish on Ants and Bettles better than anywhere on the river. Sometimes it is hard to keep an eye on the small terrestrials in the big flows.....So utilizing it as a trailer behind a more visible fly can be very effective...
Fishing has slowed a bit in the Lower Canyon and Lower Farmlands. The Upper Canyon and Upper Farmlands have kicked in a bit and and watch for the Upper Canyon to hit overdrive here pretty soon.
The Hopper fishing throughout the river has been pretty good so far this season. We would rate the fishing avg to good currently. A combination of nymphing and dry fly fishing has been the ticket recently. A variety of Hopper patterns have proved effective for the dry fly fishing - In fact, we have been nymphing, but our best fishing has actually been with the Hopper. Remember, casting the fly tight to the bank is productive in many zones, but not always needed and fly placement depends on where the predominant seamline is. In many zones, the seamlines can be 5-10 feet away from the bank.
little cooler weather would be nice....
The Yakima River is currently fishing GREAT and is quite possibly one of the Best in the West during the month of August (Ample water and good water temps). Summer Stoneflies, a cousin to the Golden Stone are hatching, and at the same time Hoppers are plentiful. The two of these 'big bugs' provide a good food source for the trout and offer the angler great opportunity to catch fish on big flies.
Take advantage of some great trout fishing right in your back yard!
Guide quote from yesterday...
Canyon dry fly fishing is sick and only getting better. Stones
in the morning hoppers during the day and stones at night.
End of Story. (Sick means awesome)
river is pretty big right now with good clarity - 4100 in
Cle Elum! Nymphing has been okay not great. Dries are working
in the Lower Canyon, tight to the banks. Chubbies, Stimulators
have proven effective. The Farmlands have been avg to good
especially if you get out and work some islands and side channels.
The Upper Canyon has been average and the Upper Flatlands
about the same.
7/12/13 - Ditto last report.
Fishing was a bit on the slow side during the heat of the day nymphing, 12-4pm. Still able to pick up a few good fish mainly on smaller Copper Johns size 16 in Red, Copper and Purple. Stone nymphs were secondary, size 10-6 Black and Brown and Tan & Brown. Streamers can really produce in the mid day hours if they are presented deep and in the proper sections, confluences and hard outside seams. Sculpzilla natural and Black size 8. Throw big body stone flies from 5-dark in a Gypsy King or Chubby pattern, Black, Brown or Tan with plenty of legs. POW.
The river continues to fish GREAT. While everyday is different, we have met with some good top great fishing recently utilizing the nymph and the dry. in fact, we have seen many days that the fish have responmded to the dry from the time we got on the river until the time we got off.
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