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December 23

We would like to Thank everyone that has visited and fished with us this last year. We really appreciate everyone’s support. We are excited for 201 7.

Happy Holidays

From the entire Troutwater Crew

Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Midges 18-22
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 16-20, , CDC Pheasant Tails size 16-20, Red and Copper Brassies size 16-20 and lighting bugs 16– 18. Tan Tungsten Stone 8-12
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

Its been cold and snowy on the Yakima. We have been out a few times this past week. It has been fishing despite the cold conditions. Fishing that slow moving water with small flies and a small poly indicator which helps see the soft takes. Most of the boat launches are still open but we would recommend having four wheel drive vehicle.

Winter Rate for the Yakima River, $325 1 or 2 anglers. Includes flies, hot lunch, professional experienced guide. We supply it all to make sure you have a fun, educational, successful day on the river.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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December 13

Top Flies:
Dries: Midges 18-22
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 16-20, , CDC Pheasant Tails size 16-20, Red and Copper Brassies size 16-20 and lighting bugs 16– 18. Tan Tungsten Stone 8-12
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

It is officially cold on the Yakima. There are is still fishing to be had during the middle part of the day. A couple tricks is to slow down pick apart the slow moving water quietly (not a lot of splashy cast) Fish smaller flies and lighter tippet. The river is low and clear right now its a great way to learn the river. You also will not be battling other people.

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Winter Rate for the Yakima River, $325 1 or 2 anglers. Includes flies, hot lunch, professional experienced guide. We supply it all to make sure you have a fun, educational, successful day on the river.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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December 6

Top Flies:
Dries: Midges 18-22
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 16-20, , CDC Pheasant Tails size 16-20, Red and Copper Brassies size 16-20 and lighting bugs 16– 18. Tan Tungsten Stone 8-12
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

We got our first skiff of snow yesterday here in Ellensburg. Winter fishing has officially arrived (Fishing small nymphs under a poly indicator in walking speed water).

Couple keys for Winter time fishing 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 5 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!

Winter Rate for the Yakima River, $325 1 or 2 anglers. Includes flies, hot lunch, professional experienced guide. We supply it all to make sure you have a fun, educational, successful day on the river.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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December 2

The Klickitat closed on Wednesday. Thank you for such a great season on the Klickitat.

We are still guiding on the Yakima our winter rate for the Yakima River, $325 1 or 2 anglers. Includes flies, hot lunch, professional experienced guide. We supply it all to make sure you have a fun, educational, successful day on the river.

Winter Shop hours

Ellensburg Shop
10:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Saturday
Closed Sunday

Cle Elum Shop
10:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday – Saturday
Closed – Sunday and Monday

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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November 23

We would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

Plaid Friday is this Friday November 26. We will be having lots of great sales going on in the Ellesburg Shop. Stop by and say Hi.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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November 15

Rivers: Yakima and Klickitat River.

This fall has been an unusually warm and wet. The good is we have had some very comfortable days fishing. The bad thing is the rivers have been going up and down. Overall the fishing has been pretty good. Only two weeks left on the Klickitat, there are fish in the system they are just making us work a little harder to get them. There is still time to get out and fish.

Winter Rate for the Yakima River, $325 1 or 2 anglers. Includes flies, hot lunch, professional experienced guide. Never fly fished, always wanted to try? Take advantage of our Winter Rate to learn how to fly fish! You don’t have Waders/Boots or Rod/Reels no problem, we have you covered! We supply it all to make sure you have a fun, educational, successful day on the river.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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November 1

Rivers: Yakima and Klickitat River.

The last few days on the Yakima River has been fun fall 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 fun casting yarn indicators but your hook up ratio will improve. For the dry fly anglers, we have been seeing some nice trout working in selective spots. They have been giving us a good challenge.

Winter Rate for the Yakima River start today Nov. 1, $325 1 or 2 anglers. Includes flies, hot lunch, professional experienced guide. Never fly fished, always wanted to try? Take advantage of our Winter Rate to learn how to fly fish! You don’t have Waders/Boots or Rod/Reels no problem, we have you covered! We supply it all to make sure you have a fun, educational, successful day on the river.

The Klickitat has been in and out shape this last few weeks. If you haven’t had a chance to get out steelhead fishing this fall there is still time. We have openings and would enjoy to show you a great day of steelhead fishing.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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September 23

River: Yakima River

Fall is here!!! The fishing has been pretty dang good. When fishing big dries, fish the heaver seams and don’t be afraid to twitch the fly a little. If you enjoy fishing small dries fish that walking speed water the (Montana seams). Nymphing has been the most productive using small patterns. If you haven’t been out fishing this Fall, get out. The weather has been outstanding, looks like we have another week of good weather heading this way.

If you have wanted to catch a Steelhead or learn how to throw a Spey rod, come spend a day with us Steelhead fishing. The Klickitat is in great shape and there are fish! We have a few dates left, give us a call and we will set you up.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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September 9

River: Yakima River

The Yakima River is at it’s fall flow (low and clear). The weather continues to consist of cool mornings and warm days. The sun has made the dry fly fishing a little tougher during the middle part of the day. The nymphing continues to be good throughout the day. This time of year you will want to be fishing the river within the river (main channel). We are seeing Summer Stones, October Caddis, Hoppers, Crane flies and a few BWO’s. The small bug is starting. The river is low be courteous to other anglers.

Steelhead fishing is upon us! We are currently booking the Klickitat and Grande Ronde rivers.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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September 6

River: Yakima River

The fishing continues to be good throughout the Yakima river. The river is low and clear.We are still seeing Summer Stones, October Caddis, Crane Flies, Hoppers, and we are starting to see more and more BWO’s consistently come off mid afternoon. The fish are still holding in summertime water. Be patient and work water. It is always a great time to come and fish the Yakima. Right now the wade fishing opportunities are endless on the Yakima. If you plan on floating make sure to check and see if there are new hazards on the stretch you are planning to float.

Steelhead fishing is upon us! We are currently booking the Klickitat and Grande Ronde rivers. We are not sure if  the Methow will open for Steelhead this year!! We will keep you posted.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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August 9

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries:Summer Stones, Hoppers 10 – 12, Yellow Sallies 12 – 14.
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

The weather the last few days has been a little up and down, but the fishing on the Yakima continues to be good. We are still fishing big dry flies.  Remember, if the drag free drift is not bringing some fish up, try twitching the fly a little.

If you are thinking about Steelhead fishing, give us a call we are already filling up. We only have a couple more weeks of summertime flows on the Yakima.

Get out and enjoy the summer time fishing on the Yakima!!!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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July 26

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 ,  PMD’s 14 – 16, Summer Stones, Hoppers 10 – 12, Yellow Sallies 12 – 14.
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

The weather has been outstanding and it looks like there’s a lot more great weather on the way. Sadly, we only have a month of high water fishing left for the season. Fishing the Yakima River this time of year is beyond fun! You get to cover a ton of water and throw 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.

The entire river is fishing good, anytime you can get out and any hopper/stonefly in your box will do. The lower canyon is fishing better in low light conditions and the upper river is fishing better during mid day (not saying the low light periods of the day are bad, just not as good.) There is definitely something for everyone right now. There’s no time like the present to enjoy a little sun and fishing!

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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July 20

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 ,  PMD’s 14 – 16, Summer Stones, Hoppers 10 – 12, Yellow Sallies 12 – 14.
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

With summer stones and hoppers in full effect on the Yakima we have seen some great fishing, especially before and around the sunrise. Remember that summer stones are nocturnal so fishing earlier is your best bet for success while avoiding the heat of the day. Typically, hoppers are best after the sun comes out, however, there are so many (switch hitters) meaning flies that could be a Stoneflopper, imitating both that could work in all situations. This means the Dry fly fishing has been pretty dang good through out the day.

If you haven’t been out this summer yet, get out, dries in the am are hard to beat.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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July 12

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 ,  PMD’s 14 – 16, Summer Stones, Hoppers 10 – 12, Yellow Sallies 12 – 14.
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

The Cle Elum reservoir bumped the flows up  on the Yakima  last Thursday, they have started to reduce the flows.  “The Cle Elum will be reduced 150 CFS Today, to contunie ramping down the release of YRBWEP conservation water benefit upriver migration of Sockeye and Summer Chinook” (Us Bureau of reclamation)

With the changes of flows the fishing held on pretty good, the first couple of days of the change it slowed the dry fly fishing but the nymphing stayed good. Now the fish are back looking towards the surface.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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July 6

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 ,  Golden Stones, PMD’s 14 – 16, Summer Stones, Hoppers 10 – 12
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

The Dry fly fishing has been good through out the day. When the sun is high in the sky make sure your drifts are tight to the banks. Nymphing during the middle of the day has also been good. Remember that the water temperature is getting warm and the fish need more oxygen. Look for the faster white water, that is where the fish are going to be holding. The fish are feeding higher in the water column so you don’t have to have your flies on the river bottom. Also, the water temps are up so please release the trout quickly. There is nothing wrong with the 8 sec rules and LDR’s (long distance release’s) this time of year.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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June 27

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 ,  Golden Stones, PMD’s 14 – 16, Summer Stones, Hoppers 10 – 12
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

Flows are bumping up a little to normal summer time 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.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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June 14

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 ,  Golden Stones, PMD’s 14 – 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

The Yakima River continues to flow a little lower than normal for this time of year. The fishing and the catching on the Yakima is good. We are having lots of weather systems come through the valley each day make sure you bring your rain coat and a dry fly rod.

We are starting to see some hoppers around on the bank!!!

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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June 9

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 ,  Golden Stones, PMD’s 14 – 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

We are in the magic time between the end of snow melt flows and before the summer irrigation increases. The Yakima is perfect for fishing with great water clarity and many different types of hatching insects. These includes  Caddis, Golden stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s,  Over the next week, the weather temperatures are going to be in the 70’s.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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May 31

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 , Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, PMD’s 14 – 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

The fishing on the Yakima is good right now! Due to the wind this last week we have not had great weather. But this next weeks forecast looks to be great. The flows should stay consistent for at least the next few days. Bugs of choice are Caddis, PMD’s and Golden stones. The river is in great shape, so this will be a good week to get out!

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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May 16

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 , Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, PMD’s 14 – 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

We had a cloudy rainy weekend which made for good fishing with PMD’s and some March Browns in the upper river. It did slow the Caddis hatch a little. The entire river is in shape and fishing well. Trout are starting to move 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.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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May 9

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 , Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, PMD’s 14 – 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant Tails size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10, CDC Pheasant Tails size 12-16, Black / Chartreuse Copper John size 16, Prince Nymphs size 14-18 and lighting bugs 14 – 16.
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

The Mothers Day Caddis hatch on the Yakima River is going! Another bug that we are seeing a few through out the entire river is Salmon Flies.  In the upper river, we are also seeing a few Yellow Sallies, Golden stones, Ants, and even an odd-ball March brown dun.   The river is slowly dropping but is going to be close to summer flows the rest of the spring. The weather the rest of the week looks to be good. The fishing has been still a little up and down but overall it has been decent.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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May 2

River: Yakima River

The window of opportunity is here. The river, a bit high, has been consistent over the past week. With consistent river flows comes consistent fishing. We hope this window continue over the next week, and it should. Temperatures are forecast to be cooler with not much precipitation.

Insect wise, a cornucopia of crawlers are active. This is the time of year you expect the unexpected when on the river. Thus far we have seen several different caddies, blue wing olives, a mahogany mayfly thing, March brown duns, salmon flies, and golden stones. And a Royal Wulff hatch. Olive colored streamers have also been good. With many different possible bugs active, matching the hatch doesn’t make sense. Rather, try ambiguous patterns that could represent a number of different insects. This equates to a size 6 Pat’s Rubber Legs and a size 14 CDC Pheasant tail as your nymph rig. On the surface, a Chubby or Simulator with a dropper of your favorite choice.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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April 19

River: Yakima River

This last week the fishing has been up, down and out. We have been staying above the Teanaway and looking at the river conditions day by day. Its spring run off time!! If your coming to fish the Yakima in the next week be flexible.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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April 11

The warm weather we have had the last week has caused the river to increase due to the  all of the creeks below the reservoirs draining the mountain snow melt and the reservoirs releasing water. We got the one two punch this weekend. We will keep you updated as condition change.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

 

April 4

River: Yakima River

Top flies:
Dries: Skwala’s size 8-10, BWO’s size 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant tail size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12,, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10. CDC Pheasant tails size 12-16, Black copper john size 16, San Juan worms,
Streamers: Olive colored streamer

The weather and fishing this past weekend was amazing. People where out fishing by the masses. The catching was a different story, however. With the warm temperatures came snow melt and an increase in Yakima river flows with decreased water clarity, particularly downstream of the Teanaway River. We also think the trout have been preoccupied with making baby trout of late and not so focused on eating.

The weather forecast is for cooler temperatures and the Yakima flow is already on the drop. The March Brown Duns blanketed the water yesterday with feeding fish in certain areas. We expect the spawning to have come to an end and the trout should be looking to replenish their chubbiness. All these factors give us great hope that fishing could be solid towards the end of the week and into the weekend. Oh yea!

By the way – there are also Skwalas still around doing their thing.  Hope to see you on the water.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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March 28

River: Yakima River

Top flies:
Dries: Skwala’s size 8-10, BWO’s size 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant tail size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12,, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10. CDC Pheasant tails size 12-16, Black copper john size 16, San Juan worms,
Streamers: Olive colored streamer

The entire Yakima River is in good shape again. The fishing the past few days has been ok. We have been seeing a few fish up on dries through out the day but nymphing is producing more fish. The weather the last few days has been challenging, looks like the forecast is our favor for the week and getting better.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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March 24

River: Yakima River

Top flies:
Dries: Skwala’s size 8-10, BWO’s size 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant tail size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12,, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10. CDC Pheasant tails size 12-16, Black copper john size 16, San Juan worms,
Streamers: Olive colored streamer

Ringer Loop Road is now open again!!

Adult Skwalas fishing is here!!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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March 21

River: Yakima River

Top flies:
Dries: Skwala’s size 8-10, BWO’s size 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant tail size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12,, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10. CDC Pheasant tails size 12-16, Black copper john size 16, San Juan worms,
Streamers: Olive colored streamer

Happy times have occurred on the Yakima River this past week. The river flows have stabilized with perfect water clarity for fishing. The Skwala Stonefly adults have made a strong presence on the river from Cle Elum to the lower canyon. There have also been sporadic blue wing olives in the middle afternoon and a couple of March brown duns being sighted. On our guided fly fishing trips, we have been nymphing in the morning with a size eight or ten stonefly and a San Juan Worm dropper. In the afternoon when the temperature warms, dry fly fishing with a dark Chubby Chernobyl or Bullet Head Skwala has worked well. Streamer fishing can also elicit good takes. Try your favorite olive colored streamer on a slow swing using a sink tip line or sinking PolyLeader.

For the upcoming week, a small amount of rain is forecasted, however we don’t anticipate much change in conditions (I just jinxed it). Hope to see you on the river.

Ringer Loop Road is closed. Just FYI they are writing tickets to people who drive by the closed sign.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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March 14

River: Yakima River

Top flies:
Dries: Skwala’s size 8-10, BWO’s size 16
Nymphes: FB Pheasant tail size 14-18, Pat Stone Brown size 8-12,, Tung. Skwala Stone 8-10. CDC Pheasant tails size 12-16, Black copper john size 16, San Juan worms,
Streamers: Natural Sculpzilla

The last few days has been great fishing on the Nymph through out the day. This next week we should start seeing a few more fish eating Skwalla dries. The entire Yakima river is in shape and dropping quickly.

It’s Spring time you never know what to expect each day. Have fun and enjoy the day!

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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March 8

Rivers : Yakima River

The Yakima River below the Teanaway River is looking dirty and high for this time of year due to some heavy rains over the weekend, the lower river is dropping quickly, it should be back fishable by the end of the week. The Upper Yakima is still holding on and looking good.

The worm and stone are great flies for the spring. Don’t forget the other aquatic insects coming off this time of year. Yesterday we saw a few BWO coming off around 1pm. We are also seeing a few adult Skwala’s around each day in the upper river.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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March 1

Rivers : Yakima River

After about a week of high flows from rain and snow melt, the Yakima River is back in shape with good clarity and fishing well for this time of year. With the flows now only modestly elevated, the fish have not swayed from eating Skwala nymphs or San Juan Worms this past week. Streamers on a slow swing using a sink tip or sinking Poly Leader have also been effective. We like the Olive Sculpzilla or Little Kim. A Black String Leech can also produce good size trout.

We are starting to get a few fish eating adult Skwallas through out the day. Be patient when you are throwing dries, long drag free drift have been the key.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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February 9

Rivers : Yakima River

The Kittitas county is receiving a lot of rain. The river is starting to rise. The fishing will be a little tough this weekend. Keep an eye on the flows.

Hydrograph plot for UMTW1

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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February 9

Rivers : Yakima River

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Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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February 8

Rivers : Yakima River

Its has been pretty darn good fishing for February. Remember you’re fishing in the winter, you’re going to have shorter windows of good fishing. Noon to 3 has been pretty consistent in the upper and the lower Yakima river. This week looks like we will have some fantastic weather for fishing!

The fish are keyed in on the stone fly nymph. A size 8 pat stone in Black/Brown and the Olive/Brown have been getting it done, find the right depth and water speed.

Take advantage of our Winter rate ($325.00 per boat) goes to the end of February.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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February 3

Free Fly Tying This Saturday

Join the Master, Fred Thompson, this Saturday from 1 to 4 PM for a free fly tying roundtable. The subject will be streamers. Bring you equipment and learn all sorts of techniques and tips while tying along with Fred. See you at the Cle Elum Troutwater Fly Shop located at 113 E. 1st Street in Cle Elum.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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February 2

Rivers : Yakima River

This is a great time of the year to consistently catch larger fish on the Yakima. The river is in great shape with little fishing pressure. There is still snow around at most of the boat launches, make sure you have four wheel drive and a shovel.

The 10 day forecast is looking good for fishing. Warm during the middle of the day and staying nice and cool overnight. Hopefully keeping the snow melting off gradually.

Take advantage of our Winter rate ($325.00 per boat) goes to the end of February.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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January 27

Rivers : Yakima River

The weather has been the same the last few days cloudy highs in the low 30s. The mornings have 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 split shot with an size 18 or smaller Brassie.

Keep an eye on the weather and river flows they are predicting some rain and warmer weather the next few days.

Take advantage of our Winter rate ($325.00 per boat) goes to the end of February.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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January 12

Rivers : Yakima River

The Yakima is in shape and fishing well for January. If you are planning on floating the river make sure you check access to the boat launches due to snow.  We recommend four wheel drive at all the launches. Best fishing window has been from 11am to 3pm. The top flies for us have been sz. 10,12 Tan Stone Flies with a sz. 18,20 Brassie, Non Beaded Pheasant Tails or Black Copper Johns.  Fishing the long slow flat glides has been the most consistent water. It is a fun time to be on the water, snow on the ground, no fishing pressure and active fish.

Take advantage of our Winter rate ($325.00 per boat) goes to the end of February.

Give the shops a call with any questions!

509.962.3474 Ellensburg

509.674.2144 Cle Elum

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January 4

Rivers: Yakima

The Yakima river is flowing a little ice. Not too many people out fishing the last few days!

Stay Tuned! We will keep you informed.

The Basics of Fly Fishing Class

(Ages 16 & up)

Come join Johnny Boitano from Troutwater Fly Shop in Cle Elum/Ellensburg as he teaches the Basics of Fly Fishing. 

Course topics will include –

•            Gear – rods, reels, tools, boots waders etc.
•            Lines, leaders, tippets and knots
•            Flies – types of bugs, dries, nymphs, streamers etc.
•            Basics of Fishing – reading the water, presenting the fly, setting the  hook,       landing  fish etc.
•            Casting – basic cast and the roll cast.

Whether you are brand new to the sport or, have been fishing for a while, this class has something for you.  By the end of the day you will be much more prepared to find success in the amazing sport of fly fishing. Class fee includes a pizza and pop lunch.

#17343 S 1/23

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. R $22/NR $26

Loc:  Lytle House

To sign up www.bothellparks.net or you can call 424.806.6760 and speak with someone.

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