2012 Reports

12-21-2012

We would like say thank you to everyone that has supported us in 2012 and  to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

We will be open Saturday 22nd  9am – 5pm
Sunday 23th    9am – 1pm
Monday 24th   9am –

We will be Closed Tuesday the 25th  through Thursday the 27th We will be back to normal hours on Friday the 28th

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg ___________________________________________________________________________

12-17-2012

We just received four to five inches of snow in Ellensburg the sun is coming out and it’s starting to get windy. Cle Elum has received about ten inches of snow and it’s still snowing in Cle Elum. It’s time to get some fly tying done for this upcoming season. Monday night fly tying again tonight at the Ellensburg shop it starts at 5pm, everyone is welcome to come.

Our sale continues at the Ellensburg shop. If you don’t have a chance to get to the shop feel free to give us a call.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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12-10-2012

Rivers: Yakima River

A couple keys for Nymphing in the winter on the Yakima.

  • Dress warm
  • Concentrate your efforts from noon to 4pm
  • Fish the slower moving water
  • Use a yarn indicator v.s a thingamabobber
  • Very your Nymphing depth from 2 to 4 feet.
  • Fish size 18 and smaller flies with a little split shot or behind a weighted stone fly.
  • Flies: Brassies, WD 40’s, Zedra Midges, unweighted Pheasant Tails and Chironomids. These are a few of our go to bugs in the winter.
  • Use 5x or 6x mono to your small flies.
  • Pick a part all of the seams. Start close in the shallow water and then move out.
  • Get long drag free drifts
  • Make sure that your fly line is floating. If your line is dirty clean it and put floatant on it. It will help you with your hook sets and mending.
  • Keep a couple hand warmers in your pocket.
  • Have a small towel to dry your hands when they get wet.
  • Have Some Fun!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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12-7-2012

River: Yakima River

We have been having some fun on the Yakima the last few days. The fishing has been good. They have been very zone specific. Look for that walking speed water, that the depth is three to four feet. When you are nymphing you don’t need to much weight, you want your flies floating natural with the water current. Pay close attention to the slight movements of the indicator. Yarn indicators are a great option to help see the subtle strikes. The prime window for fishing right now is from 1pm to 3pm. Make sure you dress warm, getting cold this time of year can ruin your day.

Monday night fly tying this coming Monday Dec. 10. Bring your vise and beverage of choice. Ellensburg shop starts at 5pm.

 

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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12-3-2012

Rivers: Yakima, Klickitat, Wenatchee, Methow Rivers

We finished the Central Washington  Steelhead season out this past week. Spending the last week on the Klickitat and the last day on the Methow. It was a successful week. The rivers and the weather held out out for us. Thank you to everyone that spent some time with us this year. It was a great year. We are getting excited for 2013.

The Yakima is still in great shape for those that want to get in a couple more days of fishing in 2012. The 10 day forecast for Ellensburg looks good for some winter time fishing!

Our Winter Rates for the Yakima River is $275 4-5 hours of fishing, flies and all the fishing supplies needed for a successful day on the river. 1 or 2 anglers.

We are also continuing  our sale in the Ellensburg shop until Christmas if you don’t get a chance to come by the shop, check out our sale online. Online Sale

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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11-26-2012

Rivers: Yakima, Klickitat, Wenatchee, Methow Rivers

Klickitat closes at the end of the week, looks like the river will be in shape for a couple days this week. The Methow and Wenatchee will also be closing soon, not sure on the official date yet. The Yakima has bumped up and dropped over the  last few days. The fishing has been ok. We have been throwing streamers and nymphing lately. We haven’t found any fish on top the last couple of days but we keep looking for just one more fish on a dry for 2012. Remember when you are fishing streamers not to retrieve it to fast.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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11-20-2012

Rivers: Yakima, Klickitat, Wenatchee, Methow Rivers

We have received a good rainstorm yesterday that has put all of the rivers on a little rise. The Methow has bumped a little and is still fishable. The Yakima, Klickitat and the Wenatchee should drop back into shape quickly. We will keep you posted.

We are having a Black Friday sale at the Ellensburg shop.

Friday through Sunday.
20-40% off marked items!!!

Winston, Scott, Echo, Airflo, Fishpond, Patagonia, Costa, SA, Ross, Lamson, Umpqua, Frog Hair and much more.

Rods, Reels, Fly Lines, Tippet, Leader, Flies, Bags, Apperal and fly tying.

Ellensburg Shop only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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11-15-2012

Rivers: Yakima, Klickitat, Wenatchee, Methow Rivers

lots of good choices for chasing steelhead here in eastern Washington right now. We have been nymphing and swinging. Don’t be afraid to swing the fly throughout the day. When you are fishing for steelhead, look for that walking speed water. Some time its a piece of water that is long and obvious and other time its just a small piece of water among a lot of fast water. Steelhead make you work and read the water. Steelhead fishing will make you a better trout fisherman!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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11-12-2012

Rivers: Yakima River

The last few days on the Yakima River has been some fun winter time fishing. The fish have been keyed in on the small nymph game right now(size 18 and 20’s). It’s a good idea to run a yarn indicators, they detect the small movement on the flies  better than thingamabobbers. I know its not as fun casting yarn indicators but your hook up ratio will improve. For the dry fly angers, we have been seeing some nice trout working in selective spots. They have been giving us a good challenge. This weeks weather forecast looks great for some more good fishing.  If Steelhead or Trout is on your mind there is still some time left. Get out before the cold weather really sets in.

Our Winter Rates for the Yakima River start this Friday $275 4-5 hours of fishing, flies and all the fishing supplies needed for a successful day on the river. 1 or 2 anglers.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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11-07-2012

Rivers: Yakima, Methow, Wenatchee, Klickitat, Grande Ronde Rivers

Sorry again for the delay in fishing reports! We have been all over eastern Washington fishing for Trout and Steelhead. The Yakima continues to fish well with the little bug game. The fish are moving into there winter water.  We have had a successful Steelhead season so far. You still have some time to get out. Pictures are on the way.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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10-08-2012

Rivers: Yakima River, Klickitat River and Methow River

Hatches: BWO’s, October Caddis and Midges

Yakima River continues to fish really well. We have been spending time down on the Klickitat, while we wait for the Methow to open. The Methow camp is set up and ready to go. The Methow should open soon. Our favorite time of the year!

Here are some pictures from the past week on the Klickitat.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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9-25-2012

Rivers: Yakima River

Hatches: Summer Stones, BWO’s, October Caddis and some Mahogany Duns.

Sorry for such a long delay in the fishing reports. The river has dropped and is low and clear. We have been spending most of our time from the Farmlands to the Upper River. The fishing has been outstanding this Fall.  Most of the days we have been throwing dries, but the Nymphing has been pretty much automatic. When fishing dries, fish the heaver seams and don’t be afraid to twitch the fly a little. If you haven’t been out fishing this Fall, get out. The weather has been outstanding, lets hope this warm weather continues.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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8-26-2012

Rivers: Yakima, Methow Rivers

Hatches: Summer Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Caddis and Terrestrials (Hoppers, Ants, Beattles)

Fishing over the last few days has been very good. Various sizes of summer stones ranging in female size 6 or 8 and males 8 to 10. Don’t be afraid to look under rocks on the bank to figure out what color they are that day.  We are seeing a multitude of colors tones, some are white, some are tan and some can be root-beer colored. Hoppers are in full effect along with Beatles. Nymphing the usual suspects has been most profitable, ie- pats stone and various bead heads, along with some yellow sally micro stones. We only have about a week left of high summer time flows. Get out and enjoy the last sliver of summer, Fall is just around the corner.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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8-15-2012

Thank you everyone for your concern! Luckily none of us at Troutwater have been affected by the fires. However, many others have in the Cle Elum and Ellensburg areas have been. The situation remains very serious.

Yakima River Report:

Ensign to State – Safe to fish (fishing good)

State (East Cle Elum)to Diverision Dam – This area was hit hard by the fire. Please stay out until things settle down. (we will keep you posted)

Farmlands to Roza – Safe to fish (fishing Good)

Thanks again everyone for your emails, texts and messages!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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8-8-2012

Rivers: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches and Methow

Hatches: Summer Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Caddis and Terrestrials (Hoppers, Ants)

Its trout time in Central Washington! This time of the year goes by way to fast. The Yakima, Naches and Methow Rivers have continued to stay in great shape. The weather has been outstanding. It looks like there is a lot more great weather on the way. We have less than a month of high water fishing left for the season. Fishing the Yakima river this time of year is so much fun, covering lots of water and throwing big dries tight to the banks. The Flip Flop will start at the end of August, beginning of September and flows will drop for the fall.

What stretch should I fish? What time should we fish? Whats bugs are working? We get these questions a lot this time of the year. Answer is: The entire river is fishing good, anytime you can get out and just about any fly in your box will work. The lower Canyon is fishing better in low light conditions and the Upper river is fishing better during the mid day (not saying the low light periods of the day up there are bad). There is something for everyone right now. Time to enjoy some sun and long days of fishing!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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7-24-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches and Methow

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Caddis, Hoppers, Summer  Stones

The weather is back on track, forecast looks great this week. We haven’t seen any lightning storms come through the valley the last few days. The Yakima River keeps producing good days on dries, the nymphing has been automatic. The Naches is at a perfect flow for fly fishing from a boat. The Methow has finally dropped and cleared, its ready to fish.

We love fly fishing the summertime – Shorts, Sandals, Dry Flies and Warm Weather. Ted always says trout fishing is suppose to be warm, easy and fun! Its that time of the year in Central Washington.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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7-19-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Caddis and Summer Stones

We’ve had some exciting weather in the evening this last week. There has been a major rock slide in the Canyon by MP 20, as well as a mud slide up the Teanaway just past Beverly campground. Now every time it rains up the Teanaway, the river turns to mud. Luckily it has been clearing out quickly. This last week we have been spending most of our time in the Upper Yakima River above the Teanaway River. The fishing remains consistent with the most productive dry fly fishing occurring mid day in the Upper river. Looking forward to some more nice weather this coming week.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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7-15-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Caddis

Saturday night there was a mud slide on the Teanaway River just above Beverly campground, which caused the lower river to loose it’s color today. I noticed on the the drive home from fishing that the lower Yakima is starting to look better. The upper Yakima River continues to fish good, fishing dries in specific zones and nymphing the rest. When you are fishing dries in the upper river, park on spots and spend a little time working each seam. The Naches is at a great level to be fishing from a boat right now. Anyone interested in fishing the Naches River please give us a call.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give the shops a call with any questions! We are here to help!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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7-13-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s,  Caddis and Summer Stones

This is the time of year to be throwing dries! Concentrate your efforts during the low light hours of the day fishing big bushy dry flies. During the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky  fishing dries can be a little tougher.  If you still want to fish dries, cast at the heavier banks.  You could also try nymphing the color changes and more oxygenated water during this hot part of the day. With the sun on the water the fish will either push to the banks or push to the darker water.  Make sure to get back out there in the evening with your big dries as the shade hits the water and the temperature cools.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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7-10-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Caddis

Summer time flows have arrived and the Yakima is in great shape. The weather continues to be hot with highs reaching the mid to upper 90’s over the next few days. Over the last few days the dry fly fishing has been up and down but the nymphing continues to be good. Remember, the fish are holding in the shallow riffles and well oxygenated water. Make sure you stay hydrated during your day of fishing.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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7-6-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Caddis

The Yakima is flowing below normal right now. We will probably see the river come up a little over the weekend due to some outstanding weather we have been receiving. Cross your fingers that this weather continues. The fishing has been average to good. It’s sure nice fishing in shorts and sandals.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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7-2-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Caddis

The Yakima, Teanaway and Naches Rivers are in great shape. Flows are at normal summertime levels and everything is fishing. Trout have moved into summer time water and we are having very nice weather. Start looking for the well oxygenated hiding spots. Shallow riffles, boulders, off gravel bars and faster moving water. Remember there is a lot of different types of aquatic insects coming off. If you’re not catching fish on one pattern, switch it up, everyday is different. Don’t be afraid to throw dries even if you are not seeing fish feeding on the surface. The trout are looking up for food. When you are nymphing, shallow up your depths to 2-4 feet.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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6-28-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Caddis

The Yakima River is fishing top to bottom. Fishing has been really good for the past week and now finally the weather is also. River flows, clarity and conditions are perfect! We have been waiting for this all year!

Photo’s Below – Devon on Tuesday with a beautiful Upper River Rainbow caught on a dry! TJ and Scott last week having fun on the Teanaway and Ryan White (YT) this spring with a nice cutthroat.

 

Give the shops a call about river conditions, advice, flies, guide trips and shuttles!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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6-24-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway River

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Caddis and Green Drake

This weekend was another bumpy weekend with some crazy weather and  up and down river flows… We experienced good fishing and some tougher fishing as well. Picking the right section of the river to fish was the challenging part of the last couple of days. A couple of things to take into consideration were weather and what sections were getting the most consistent bug hatches. The river is coming back down and we are looking forward to some constant flows. Its going to be great summer fishing!

Give the shops a call about river conditions, advice, flies, and shuttles!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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6-20-2012

River: Yakima, Teanaway, Naches, Methow Rivers

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Caddis and Green Drake

The Yakima River is currently on a steep drop. The Upper Yakima River is looking ready to fish today. Farmlands and Lower Canyon is still high, fast and off color. Farmlands will probably be ready to go by tomorrow. If you have been trying to fish the Yakima, this weekend is looking good. We don’t know how long they will leave it at a fishable (what, its a word) level or the next time they will artificially blow out the river again.

Give the shops a call about river conditions, advice, flies and shuttles!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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6-19-2012

River: Yakima, Naches, Methow, Klickitat

Hatches: Mucho H2O

It’s happening again! After a great weekend of fishing they turned the water back on and created another man made blow out. Yakima River is temporarily out of shape, top to bottom. We are hoping to have it back in shape by Thursday or Friday. This has been a tough spring for river conditions and weather. When the river and weather have been in shape fishing has been great to excellent. Summer and Fall should be fantastic fishing. Oh wait, summer is only 2 days away!

We were talking to our friends at Dave Duncan and Sons Alaska Camps yesterday. They informed us they have 2 spots open on the August 11-17 Chosen River float. Give us a call if you are interested or need more details.

Give us a call at either shop if you want to hear us crying about another blow out.

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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6-17-2012

Happy Fathers Day!!

River: Yakima River – Ensign to Green Bridge

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Caddis and Green Drakes

Everything came together yesterday we had great weather, good water conditions and great dry fly fishing on the upper Yakima river. Today is another story we are getting lots of wind and the reservoirs are starting to release more water yet again. The last few water releases the upper river has continued to fish, you just have had to do a little more nymphing and not getting as much dry fly fishing in. We sure are looking forward to consistent flows and good weather.

Give the shops a call with river conditions, advice, flies and shuttles!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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6-15-2012

River Update – The Upper Yakima River is dropping into shape quickly, you’re good to go. Here’s a quick video from Wednesday while the river was moving straight up!

Rivers: Yakima River – Ensign to Roza

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Caddis and Green Drakes

They released more water from the reservoirs this week. It has made the fishing on the Yakima River tough. Stopping on and nymphing the soft inside corners has produced fish. On a good note the Yakima is already on the drop which should improve the fishing over the weekend. Prior to the release of water, the Yakima River was fishing great. We are seeing great hatches of PMDs, Yellow Sallys, Golden Stones, Caddis and Green Drakes.

We are still running guide trips despite the recent push of water and plan on running trips in the Upper Yakima River through the weekend. Conditions are improving daily. Farmland Section is currently marginal and the lower canyon is not looking good. See everyone up in Cle Elum this weekend.

Give the shops a call with river conditions, advice, flies and shuttles!

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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6-11-2012

The entire Yakima River is in great shape and the fishing has been good. We are seeing a nice PMD hatch throughout the system. Fish are looking up, consistently eating our dry during the day – Golden Stones, PMDs and Drakes. When fishing dry flies look for the more oxygenated water, about 2 to 3 feet deep with some structure. Be patient and you will be rewarded. Nymphing has been very productive. If you want to put up big fish numbers, stick to nymphing. Looks like we have good weather on the way this week!

Give either shop a call with any fishing questions:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum
509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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6-9-2012

The Upper Yakima and the farmlands is fishing good. The last few days we have started the day nymphing Stoneflies and San Juan worms in the transition zones. Around 1pm the fish have been keying in on Mayfly’s. Shallow up your nymphing depth and look for the shallow riffles. Today there was an outstanding PMD hatch in the Farmlands. Yesterday in the upper river there were PMD’s, March Browns, BWO’s and a few Green Drakes coming off. Keep your figures crossed they don’t release more water!

Give either shop a call with any fishing questions:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum
509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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6-7-2012

The Upper Yakima is back into shape and the fishing was good today. The Farmlands section of the river looked great this afternoon. Lower Canyon isn’t there yet. Lets cross our fingers that they don’t release anymore water! Please, Please, Please!

The shops are looking great with tons of flies and everything you need for a successful day on the river. Fishpond, Ross Reels, Winston Rods and Hyde Drift boats are all new this season. We also have a great selection of $1 flies up in the Cle Elum shop this weekend.

Summer Hours

Mon – Thursday 8:30am – 5:30pm

Friday – Saturday 8:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm

Please give us a call with any questions, we are fishing this weekend!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg Shop

509.674.2144 Cle Elum Shop

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6-5-2012

Just as the Yakima was getting into shape, the entire river goes out again over the weekend. Good news, It’s dropping down quickly, we are hoping the upper river will be fishable by the end of the week. As soon as the water levels drop there will be lots of fishing opportunities. Most of the creeks and rivers opened this last weekend. We will keep you posted on conditions!

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5-28-2012

Memorial Day Weekend, kick-off for summer! Hopefully everyone enjoyed a fun and safe extended weekend. Sorry for the delay in reports, we have been taking advantage of some family time before things get crazy. The Yakima River is back in shape and still dropping. The fishing has been up and down the past week. On a good note the fishing has been good the last two days. We still have been fishing mainly the Upper Yakima River. The most productive bugs that we have been using are Golden Stones, PMD’s, and Caddis. Even though the flows are up you don’t need to be nymphing 10 feet deep. The fish are feeding higher up in the water column. Don’t forget about throwing dries even if you don’t see fish rising they are looking up.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY
May 21, 2012
SR 10 closes May 24 to through traffic between Ellensburg and Cle Elum,
Only open to local traffic, detour available for through traffic

ELLENSBURG– On Thursday, May 24, the Washington State Department of Transportation will close State Route 10 to through traffic at milepost 90 (two miles east of SR 970 junction) to replace the deck on the Bristol Fill Bridge.

For the next five months local traffic (residents, farmers, rafters, fishermen, bicyclists, and hikers) can use SR 10 east and west of the bridge, but through traffic will need to detour on SR 970 and US 97 or take Interstate 90.

Give us a call with any questions

509.962.3474 Ellensburg Shop

509.674.2144 Cle Elum Shop

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5-18-2012 Update

As of this afternoon the upper Yakima is fishable.  The water clarity above the Teanaway is good, but still up a little.  We have had good reports of decent fishing this afternoon.

5-18-2012

This morning the upper Yakima River is starting to look a little better. The volume is still high but by tomorrow it should fish. We got a little restless this morning since the Yakima has been out all week. So we decided to have a Troutwater Guide best ball golf tournament. The Crimp family was nice enough to have us out to the Ellensburg Country Club. We didn’t realize what a great group of athletes we have. Randy, Ted and I (Johnny) won the trophy. Jason, Jeffery, Shane and Jim weren’t far behind though. Weather looks great and summer is almost here!

Give either shop a call with any fishing questions:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum
509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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5-17-2012

Trying to predict when the Yakima river will be fishable is tough. As of today the upper Yakima looks like it might be fishable by Saturday. The lower Yakima still has some time before it’s ready. We want everyone that fishes the Yakima with us or on there own to have a safe and fun experience. One element to help have a productive and safe day is having the river in shape. We can’t wait to get back on the Yakima. We’ll keep you posted!

The picture to the right is of Ted and TJ fishing the Yakima before the river went out this last time. Photo By Mark Ouellette.

Give either shop a call with any questions or for more information:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum
509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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5-15-2012

The Yakima River is on a steep rise, again. The weather and fishing was good the last few days. Tons of bug activity in the upper river – goldens, salmon flies, march browns, caddis, pmd’s, ants and bwo. Don’t let the river get you down. It will be back into shape soon and then we should be good to go through the fall. It is going to be a great summer and fall on the Yakima! We will keep you posted on conditions.

Give either shop a call with any questions or for more information:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum
509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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5-10-2012

We have been spending all of our time in the Upper Yakima, it’s in great shape! The lower Yakima is still not there, a little high and off color. There is a ton of bug activity. We are seeing Caddis, BWO’s, March Browns, Golden Stones and Salmon flies coming off consistently. With all the bug activity the fish have been a little inconstant on what they are actively feeding on. If you change up your set ups throughout the day it has been paying off. We have been seeing some large healthy trout to the boat. The weather forecast looks great for the weekend! Cross your fingers that the river holds on for next week.

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5-7-2012

The upper Yakima river is in great shape we are seeing consistent BWO and March Brown duns coming off around 1:30.  We are also starting to see Caddis coming off throughout the day. The lower Yakima river is starting to look good. The Yakima river is at summer time flows right now. Be careful floating the river,  the river can change quickly at these flows. Looking forward to this week, good weather and a river that is in shape.

Give either shop a call with any questions or for more information:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum
509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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5-4-2012

It has been exciting to get back on the water this week. The upper Yakima River in the Cle Elum area is the best bet. The flows are approximately the same level as the summer. The water clarity is good, but not perfect. The lower Yakima river is starting to drop back into shape quickly. We hope it will be fishable by the end of the weekend or the first part of next week.

If you are fishing  the upper Yakima this weekend make sure you concentrate your efforts on the soft inside corners and make sure you are in a good spot around 1:45 for the March brown dun and BWO hatch. Please be careful if you are floating the river as it is still high and can change quickly.

Please plan on attending the Fly Fishing Film Tour  Today, in Ellensburg at Raw Space. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the door or at either Troutwater Fly Shop.

Give either shop a call with any questions or for more information:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum
509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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4-28-2012

Here’s what we know: the Yakima River continues to be high from snow melt, and also from snow melt. So, there is melting snow. The flows coming out of the reservoirs in the Cascades are essentially matching the flows into the reservoirs. We believe this will be the pattern for a few weeks.

The good new: despite the increased Yakima flows, it is similar to typical summer flows and the clarity above the Teanaway River is pretty decent. Not so much downstream of the Teanaway.

Life goes on. Although we were not fishing, a nice hatch of March brown duns came off about 1:30 PM followed by blue wing olives. This was observed at the State boat launch in Cle Elum. High Yakima flows and everything, the mayflies still go about their business.

All in all, we will likely be fishing and guiding the Yakima this week, as long as river flows are consistent.

If you are considering a float on the river, please be cautious and confident of your ability to row a drift boat. High river flows can be dangerous.

Please plan on attending the Fly Fishing Film Tour this Friday, May 4, in Ellensburg at Raw Space. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the door or at either Troutwater Fly Shop.

Give either shop a call with any questions or for more information:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum
509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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4-25-2012

The entire Yakima river is still out. Here are a couple of photos from our last trip to Ascension Bay. We are already filling up for our Ascension Bay and Christmas Island trips for 2013. If your interested feel free to email ted@troutwaterfly.com or call us at 509-962-3474

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4-24-2012

The entire Yakima river and it’s drainage’s are running high and muddy. It looks like we will be out for a little while.

Just a reminder that the 2012 Washington Fly Fishing Fair  is May 4-5, 2012 it will be held at the Kittitas Fairgrounds. On Friday May 4 we are sponsoring the Fly Fishing Film tour. It will be held at Raw Space in Ellensburg, doors open at 6:30 the show starts at 8pm you can buy tickets at the door or at either of our fly shops $15.00 per person. We will be raffling off a bunch a swag. Come hang out and have some fun!

Give either shop a call with any questions or for more information:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum
509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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4-23-2012

The fly fishing weather on the Yakima river the last few days has been outstanding. However, we are seeing high river flows due to snow melt and water release from the reservoirs. The outflow from the reservoirs will continue to be elevated to match inflow and hold lake elevations. The entire Yakima river from Cle Elum through Ellensburg is high and off color. Looks like  fly fishing on the Yakima river will be out for a little while. We are at 128% snow pack right now.

The lakes will be a good option with the nice weather both shops have flies and supplies. Don’t let the river get you down.

Give either shop a call with any questions or for more information:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum

509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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4-20-2012

We have been in our typical spring scenario with the Teanaway River increasing the flows of the Yakima as well making the river off-color. Above the Teanaway the Yakima River is clear with just a small increase in flows. The river below the Teanaway is still very fishable with the water color a gray/green versus runoff brown.

We experienced a great March brown dun hatch in the Cle Elum area yesterday. (It’s about time!) The blue wing olives also showed pretty strong as the March browns started to dissipate late in their hatch. We did see a number of fish eating on the surface.

It’s hard to predict when our Yakima River will becoming unfishable from high water, but it’s fishing right now. Get it while you can.

Give either shop a call with any questions or for more information:

509.674-2144 Troutwater Cle Elum

509.962-3474 Troutwater Ellensburg

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4-14-2012

The Yakima river flows are up but stable. The water color below the Teanaway river is green/gray’ish. The Yakima is nice and clear above the Teanaway in the Cle Elum area. Lots of fly fishers in the Cle Elum stretch of the Yakima the past few days because of this.

We’ve been fishing primarily the upper Yakima and have seen some okay hatches of blue wing olives and March brown duns with the warmer temperatures. The skwala stone adults continue to be seen in the latter part of the day with fish eating opportunistically. The nymphing game has been most consistent with mayfly imitations. Stuff like pheasant tails and soft hackles fished off of soft shelves.

Give either shop a call with any questions or for more information:

509.674-2144 for Troutwater Cle Elum or 509.962-3474 for Troutwater Ellensburg

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4-9-2012

What a nice day to be on the Yakima River, great hatches and good fishing. Watch the river flows over the next few days with this warm weather, we will see the river come up. The fish have started to move into summertime spots, start focusing on faster water. During the middle of the day shallow up your nymph rigs. Don’t be afraid to continue fishing skwalas they are still very active. Enjoy the weather and have fun!

Please call either shop for more information:

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

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4-5-2012

The entire Yakima River is back on track and fishing very well. We are seeing a consistent BWO and March Brown hatches in the upper river. The lower river has been a little inconstant on the  mayfly hatches. Fishing Skwalas in the afternoon has been the best bet the last few days in the upper and lower river.  Time to get out, the Yakima river might not be in shape to much longer. Looks like we are going to be getting some very warm weather next week. There is still a lot of snow to come down, which will make for a great summer and fall.

Here are some of the pictures from our last weeks trip to Mexico. Click on the photo to see the slide show.

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4-2-2012

Ted and I are back from a great trip down to Mexico. The weather and fishing were amazing with temperatures in the mid 80’s all week. This wasn’t the case this past weekend around the Kittitas valley. The upper Yakima river held on with great water clarity and not much fishing pressure. The fish made you work, though. The lower Yakima river has dropped back into shape quickly and the weather forecast is looking favorable for this week.  We have been seeing Skwalas, March browns duns and Blue wing olives on the water each day. If you are having a tough day, remember the basics:  fish where you have caught fish before, be patient, and don’t loose focus.

Please call either shop for more information. We are happy to help.

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3-30-2012

We have received a lot of rain the last 24 hours which has caused many of the small tributaries and particularly the Teanaway river, to become high and milky brown. The upper Yakima river remains clear and above the Teanaway river it is very fishable.  Below the Teanaway is chocolate milk. We have had productive guide trips with some good size rainbows on the Yakima river in the Cle Elum area. The bug of choice is the skwala stonefly nymph fished with a good dead-drift. We also saw a small hatch of March brown duns at 1 PM. We hope to see this hatch continue to strengthen over the next few weeks.

Please call either shop for more information. We are happy to help.

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3-25-2012

The guide service had a number of fly fishing trips yesterday on the Yakima river. Most of the guides reported dry fly fishing later in the day with some nice fish caught. The farm lands in the Ellensburg area of the Yakima tended to have more dry fly action than the Yakima river in the Cle Elum area. The skwala stone adult was the dry fly pattern of choice. Nymphing was consistent throughout the day using skwala nymphs in a size 8 or 10 with a variety of different beadhead nymph droppers. The March brown dun hatch is building every day and pheasant tail type patterns in size 14 are starting to work well.

The temperatures in the Kittitas Valley are predicted to be in the upper 40’s to low 50’s with cloudy skies for the upcoming week. This should help the March brown dun hatch and the skwala stones should remain strong.

Please call either shop for more information. It looks like a good week to call in sick to work.

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3-23-2012

It’s a tropical heat wave on the East side of the mountains. Johnny and Ted are leading a group of anglers to Ascension Bay and we are have Mexico type weather on the Yakima River. It’s going to hit 50 degrees today and not a cloud in the sky!

Skwalas continue to dominate the Yakima. We have also seen good hatches of BWO’s and a few March brown duns in the afternoon. The upper Yakima in the Cle Elum area has been very productive with nymphing skwala patterns. The adult skwalas are building momentum and surface fishing should be happening over the next few days with the warm temperatures. The river in the Ellensburg area has had much more dry fly action.

Things are really good right now. The flows are low and the water is clear. Fish now if you can.

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3-21-2012

The Yakima River is dropping quickly, the 10 day weather forecast looks good. The last few evenings from 3pm to 5pm the fish have been looking up. When fishing the dry fly be patient work the softer seems. Don’t be afraid to fish the back eddy’s.

Sorry I don’t have anything else to report. Ted and I leave for Mexico tonight. We can’t wait to have some warm weather. Pictures to follow in a week. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call or stop in. We are happy to help!

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3-19-2012

Okay, yesterday the catching slowed down in the lower river a bit and the fish made us work hard. The upper river was fishing until a nice snow and wind storm blew through. It’s March and every day is a different day so be prepared for all kinds of weather. Hatch wise, we saw a small amount of March browns and BWO’s yesterday. The skwala stones continue to be the dominate insect on the Yakima river, particularly when the sun is out and the temperatures warm in the afternoon.

We still have our winter rates for the Yakima River at $275 plus tax.

New river hazard. A log is completely across the Yakima river below the State boat launch, as known as the East Cle Elum launch. Do not go down the main channel. It is not passable at this time. Call either shop for details.

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3-16-2012

Good News!! The Methow and Wenatchee Rivers are open today. Remember the limit is two hatchery fish and it is a mandatory retention. Once two hatchery fish have been caught, stop fishing. Please follow the rules.

The flows on the Yakima have bump up over night. The fishing has remained good and consistent, despite all the weather systems. When the river flows are up, fish the soft edges of the current (inside corners). Don’t be afraid to throw some dries even if you don’t see fish rising. Dry fly fishing has been great. Nymphing a stone and San Juan worm is always a great back up plan. Give us a call with any questions, we are happy to help!

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3-14-2012

The weather systems that have been moving through this week haven’t been affecting the fishing as much as we expected. We are still getting good dry fly windows during the day. The nymphing throughout the day has been good to great. You still have to work for them but if you switch it up a little, the fish have been responding well. Make sure you dress for Spring weather snow, rain, sun and some wind. We are seeing it all each day.

 

Yesterday we fished with Dave Graybill, the fishing magician! We shot a video for his TV/Radio shows, look for it on our website soon.

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3-12-2012

The fishing was great this weekend but it’s March and the weather has changed yet again. Yesterday we had sunshine, rain, snow, wind and back to sunshine all within an hour. This morning it’s cold and snowing but we are all excited to get out and fish today. This new weather system will probably slow the fishing a bit over the next couple of days. When you have a cold front move through you’ll want to change back to your winter tactics. Look for the little deeper and slower slots than you have been fishing. Dig out the smaller flies and be patient. The weather is predicted to warm back up by the weekend.

The way the fishing has been this spring you’re going to have a good day! All you have to do is change up your tactics depending on the day. Feel free to call our shops, we are happy to help.

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3-11-12

The Skwala’s are out. The fishing yesterday with dries was off the hook. Time to get out!!

 

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3-9-2012

So it sounds like everyone at the shops have been making  fun of my reports! OK fine, I will crank it up a bit. The funny thing is the shops were dead on with their decoding. Give them a call if my reports confuse you, that’s why they are there.

The last few days we have been guiding the entire Yakima River, From Cle Elum to Roza. All the sections have been  fishing great. We have been getting most of the dry fly opportunities in the lower part of the Yakima River. Nymphing has been consistent throughout the river. We have been seeing Skwala’s, tons of midges and a few BWO’s. Starting the day nymphing 4 to 5 feet deep and shorting our depth as the day goes on. When you’re throwing dries be patient, work the softer edges and get long drifts. Don’t be afraid to twitch the fly a little.

Ted and I spent the first part of the week fishing the Upper Columbia. We fished with Justin Hotchkiss owner of Far North Charters and Art and Nina Grobben owners of Lazy Daze Retreats where we stayed. If you are heading to the Upper Columbia and looking for lodging or a guide give them a call! We will be offering fishing and lodging packages for Mid June-Mid July. Peak dry fly season!

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3-4-2012

“The weather and the fishing has been good the last few days. We are starting to see more and more Skwalas  adults on the water each day. The entire river is in good shape. The forecast for today is good with a high of 56 degrees. The next few days are looking good! There were a lot of boats on the water yesterday with everyone having good success. We are heading out this morning planning on having a good dry fly day. Hope to see you out here!” Report Written by Johnny Boitano

Let us help you decode Johnny’s fishing reports:

  • Good = Get out here!
  • OK = Very Good.
  • We had to work for them today = Still really good fishing, most of us would love to have this day.
  • Not very good = Better than most everyone else but not great for Johnny. Probably hit only about 50 fish.
  • River is blown = I’m tired and need a break from rowing a boat.

Give us a call at the shops if you need help reading Johnny’s Reports. We have the decoder ring and tons of bugs!

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3-1-2012

The Yakima River is in great shape! The fishing has been all over the board the last few days and so has the weather. That’s what makes this time of year so much fun. You have a chance to catch some large trout, enjoy the sun, get snowed on, see some wildlife and get your spring trout fix in.

Nymphing has been the key lately, the trout are keyed in on stonefly nymphs. We did throw some dries yesterday, had a couple fish come up and eat, but we missed them. It was fun throwing a dry. The 10 day  forecast looks good, warmer days are headed our way.

If you have any questions feel free to give us a call or drop by the shops – We are here to help!

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2-27-2012

Today was a great day to be on the water it was sunny, warm and no wind. The fish were making us work for them, it makes it fun on a nice day like today. Most of fish were eating the worm. Towards the end of our float we did see some adult skwala’s on the water, I can’t wait to get out and fish again tomorrow. Just a heads up the log jam in the farmlands is open. Still be careful.

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2-24-2012

***We just got back from the Cle Elum shop and the upper river is ready to fish. Give us a Call.***

The Yakima is on a steady drop. The upper river will be fishable by Saturday, the lower river will take one more day to be in  productive shape. When we  look to see if it’s fishable, we first look to see if the flows are at a safe level! Secondly you want visibility and stability. A quick look at the water color can tell if it’s good or bad. If the river looks brown its out, if the river looks greyish or green you’re good to go. The Yakima River is still not in prime shape but it will be fishing this weekend.

If you’re coming over to the Yakima River this weekend make sure you have some San Juan worms in your fly box. If not, we have been tying a ton of special worms in our shops. Stop by, grab some worms, coffee and river info!

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2-22-2012

This morning actually looking at the dirty river made us happy? This is the first sign that spring is here. We will see a few more high water events this spring, this first one helps get rid of all the low lying  snow. Remember after these events the river will change, especially in the upper river and farmlands. Please give us a call or stop by the shops before the next time you head out on the river.

You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get more updated river info.

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2-21-2012

Looks like the river is going south on us tomorrow. There is a lot of rain coming down and the snow level is moving up on Snoqualmie pass. The prediction charts have the river to rising to 7500 cfs at Umtanum by Thursday morning. We will keep you posted on the river conditions.

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2-20-2012

Lots of people out this weekend enjoying some February fishing. The fishing continues to hold on. The weather is one thing that has been inconsistent. Be prepared for some snow, wind, and sunshine this next week if your planning on fishing the Yakima.

Not much dry fly action yet, but we keep trying a little each day. Have fun and enjoy your day on the water.

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2-17-2012

Its has been pretty darn good fishing for February the last couple of weeks. Remember you’re fishing in the winter, you’re going to have shorter windows of good fishing. The weather has been all over the board the last few days which is typical for this time of year. We have been fishing a lot of different techniques from swinging streamers to nymphing. Nymphing in the long slow shallow slicks with a size 20 Brassie as a dropper has been the hot fly the last few days. Bigger is not always better. Be patient and get long drag free drifts. The fish are spooky in this type of water. If you are fishing from a boat or on foot be careful not to spook the fish. Make longer casts and watch your shadows on the sunny days.  There has been lots of midges coming off in the farmlands and lower canyon. Water temps are still cold in the upper river not much bug activity up river yet.

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2-16-2012

Our new website is up please feel free to let us know what you think. We were in the upper river yesterday filming, fishing, great weather and we landed some nice fish. We will have a new video done in a few days.

It’s trying to snow this morning, guiding the lower river today. Stay Tuned!

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2-13-2012

Over the weekend we had some rain that caused some low lying snow to melt which has turned the lower river (KOA down) a little off color. Today the lower river is already stating to clear up. Fishing up river is where we all went this weekend and the fishing remained consistent.

This is the time of the year your going to see the river fluctuate. Be prepared to switch up your stretch that you want to fish this time of year depending on conditions. Every day is a new day.

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2-10-2012

The weather has been the same the last few days cloudy highs in the low 40’s. The morning still started out slow. Fishing with a stone and a worm has been producing fish through out the day. This time of year can be more productive by nymphing small midge patterns. Fishing small flies can be more  technical but yield more fish to hand on a colder spring days.

Look to nymph midge patterns in 2 to 4 feet of  walking speed water. Setting your depth around 3ft and running a size 1 splitshot with an size 18 or smaller Brassie.

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2-8-2012

Today was cloudy and a  little warmer in the morning than it has been. The Fishing today started out slow picking some fish up on some small midge nymphs. As the day drew on the fishing become better. The fish were responding better in the afternoon to stones, picking apart the slow glides where the ticket. Dress warm its still cold out.

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1-31-2012

We are all back home from all the shows. We haven’t been out the last couple of weeks due to shows and the cold weather. Planning on getting out in the next few days. River is in great shape. The weather has been hitting low 40 during the day. Better get some fishing in before another storm hits.