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Yakima River - March 8th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
We had a great report (one of several) from good friend and client Spencer W. from last week. Spence and his partner boated many fish on BH stones, Pat's Rubber Legs and other Skwala stonefly nymph patterns. As long as river levels allow, we expect the Yak to continue to produce well. Recent rains may keep it off for a day or two, but expect good to very good fishing when it drops out to fishable conditions, especially with the Skwalas about to fly.
Yakima River - October 5th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 67 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

Spencer let us know he fished the Yakima River above the Canyon in the Ellensburg area and said the fishing was pretty good.  The water is super low but fish appear to be alive and well in the deeper pockets.  His success came from nymphing stone fly’s in the first half of the day and as the sun started to come down, Chubby Chernobyl’s energized the fish quite well.  20 plus fish to hand with the larger ones of the day in the 15-16 range.  Weather was great!

Yakima River - September 18th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
The Yak is hotter than Katy Perry in the Calfornia Gurls video right now.

Carleton to Rhinehart's. Noon-7pm

Strike while the iron is hot. Its no secret that these few weeks turn the sometimes fickle Yakima in to a productive and more predictable blue ribbon fishery. Be prepared for some pressure and feel free to select a shorter section or float to fish and take your time. The fish are willing to feed more consistently right now. We ran double dry rigs with a larger Stone immitation and a smaller dry. We were about 50/50 between the two.

Parachute Adams, PMD, Swisher's PMX, Purple Stimmie, Griffith's Gnat.
Yakima River - August 1st, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Section: South to East Cle Elum
7:00am to Noon

2 fish to hand, both under 12"

Flows are raging at this point and best to fish out of the high hot sun.... Dawn to 11am or 4pm-Dusk. Tough going today. We didn't see any bug activity today and aside from from the two fish that rose to our stimulator and hoppers. Really a tough going both from a fishing perspective and behind the oars. Keep an eye on the takeout at east Cle Elum, the channel that dumps in at the takeout ramp is REALLY flowing right now and making pulling out there tough and kinda sketchy.

Dave's Hopper (sz. 12), Tan/Yellow Stimulator (Size. 10), Tan Sculpzilla (sz.8), Flashback Stone (sz. 12), Copper John (Size 10).
Yakima River - July 31st, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
We fished the Lower Yak on Saturday (Snively to Hyde Rd). Plenty of smallies still in the system that are willing to bite, but the flows are slow and low right now. We turned and burned through the frog water and concentrated on structure and faster, more oxygenated water.

Brown, Yellow, White and Green Buggers (sz. 6-12), Top Water Popper (Green and Yellow).  

16+ fish to hand... most in the 6"-12" range.
Yakima River - June 30th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Overall really great fishing today. We fished Ringer to Umtanum today from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The river has come down a bit to 3200 cfs since the big push of water (4200 cfs @ Umtanum), but keep your eyes out for daily bursts and how they affect clarity. We had great visibility above Wilson Creek, but in common form Wilson was puking in some dark water which didn't clear up to afford good fishing again for a mile or so downstream. Early with streamers, mid-morning nymphing and afternoon non-stop gut-busting dry fly fishing from Big Horn through the Rock Garden. 23 fish to the boat. Most under 11" with one at 15" (sculpzilla) and one at 16" (Cahill). Good day for a 3 wt. Flies: Black Sculpzilla (size 8), BH Prince Nymph (size 16), Pats Stonefly, Light Cahill (size 16), Stimmie (various)