2017 Reports

June 20

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 , Golden Stones, PMD’s 14 – 16, Green Drakes, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s
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 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 80’s. We will see the Yakima increase a little over the next week due to irrigation demands.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

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June 12

River: Yakima River

Top Flies:
Dries: Tan and Black Caddis Size 14 – 18 , Golden Stones, PMD’s 14 – 16, Green Drakes, Yellow Sallies,
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 has been on a hard drop the last few day. The conditions are good and the weather forecast looks to be good for fishing this week. 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!

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June 5

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 is in great shape at this moment and so is the weather. If you have been wanting to get out now is the time to start getting out. The river is going to continue to bounce up and down here for the next few weeks due to irrigation demands. We are starting to see a few green drakes moving around in the upper river.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

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May 30

River: Yakima River

The Entire Yakima is not looking good. We will keep you posted.

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May 24

River: Yakima River

The recent warm weather has caused more of the high mountain snow to melt, which has caused the entire Yakima river to get high and dirty. Today and tomorrow are much cooler days hopefully slowing down the snow melt a little, for the upper river to get back into shape for the weekend. We will keep updated!

Have fun and enjoy the day!

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May 15

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

There is a bunch of bugs hatching on any given day and you should expect the unexpected.  Lots of Caddis in the lower canyon of the Yakima River. On the upper river, we are seeing Caddis, Salmon Flies, Golden stones, BWO’s , Ants, and even an odd-ball March brown dun. We are still experiencing spring time conditions make sure you dress for all types of weather. We have been seeing it all each day. It looks like we are going to start seeing some nice weather coming our way by the end of the week. Time to get out and start fishing.

Have fun and enjoy the day!

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509.674.2144 Cle Elum


May 7

River: Yakima River

The Yakima river is dropping back into shape. The upper river above the Teanaway will be fishable tomorrow (Tuesday). The River below the Teanaway should be OK by Wednesday.  The river is going to be close to summer flows the rest of the spring. The weather the rest of the week looks to be good.

We will keep you posted!

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May 4

River: Yakima River

Yesterday we had our first warm day of the year. This has caused the higher mountain snow to really start melting and increasing the flows on the Yakima. The prediction chart has the Yakima peaking on Saturday around 9,000 CFS at the Umtanum Gauging station.

It looks like we might be back to fishing on the Yakima early next week. We will keep you posted.

If your looking for a place to fish this weekend the basin lakes and Rocky Ford are great options.

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April 24

River: Yakima River

Top flies
Dries: Skwalla’s, BWO’s
Nymphes: Copper John Sz 16 – 18, Brown/Black Pats Sz.12, Pheasant tails Sz. 12-16 and the San Juan worm.
Streamers: Mini Scuplzillas, Olive Buggers, Black Buggers

The Yakima has dropped and settled over the weekend. The water clarity in the upper Yakima is good as you move down the river is gets a littler cloudy due to more tributaries coming in. The Fishing this past weekend was very tough.

We are still seeing Skwala’s, March browns, a few BWO and we are starting to see some Caddis. The Mothers Day Caddis hatch is just around the corner. Hopefully some better weather  also 🙂

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April 20

River: Yakima River

The Cle Elum reservoir has released about 800cfs yesterday and is planning on releasing  another 750cfs today. The Yakima river below the Cle Elum is a little dirty. We will keep you posted.

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April 18

River: Yakima River

Top flies
Dries: Skwalla’s, BWO’s
Nymphes: Copper John Sz 16 – 18, Olive Pats Sz.12, Pheasant tails Sz. 16-20 and the San Juan worm.
Streamers: Mini Scuplzillas, Olive Buggers

Fishing conditions have greatly improved over the past few days. After an increase in river flows from a large amount of rain last week, the Yakima has dropped to a very good fishing level, albeit elevated from snow melt. Consistency of flow is the most important element for good fishing and we are experiencing consistency at this time. The Teanaway river continues to provide a significant amount of water to the system. However, despite the flow, the clarity downstream of its confluence with the Yakima is fairly good. We estimate about two feet or more of visibility. The river above the confluence is in great shape.

The cool thing about fishing this time of year is the variety of insects that are present. Several different types of Mayflies, such as Blue Wing Olives and March Browns, have been hatching in the afternoon. There are still Skwala stone fly adults active. Good nymphs have included a size 16 standard Copper John, size 12 CDC Prince Nymph, size 12 to 16 basic Pheasant Tail (no bead or flash back). These nymphs could be dead-drifted or fished “soft hackle” style with a slow lift. Fish have been active in the rifles and against cut banks and wood structures. There have been surface feeding fish on March Browns on certain areas of the river in the early afternoon. March Brown Duns, Purple Haze, Parachute Adams, and Parachute Hare’s Ears are good patterns. Consider a dry dropper rig with a Skwala dry and a Pheasant Tail or Copper John dropper.

We are hoping the river will continue to be in shape over the next few weeks before the big melt and warm temperatures occur. There is still a lot of snow in the mountains, so fish now while conditions are good.

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April 10

River: Yakima River

Top flies
Dries: Skwalla’s, BWO’s
Nymphes: Copper John Sz 16 – 18, Olive Pats Sz.12, Pheasant tails Sz. 16-20 and the San Juan worm.
Streamers: Mini Scuplzillas, Olive Buggers

The lower Yakima took a big rise in flows from the Teanaway, which caused it to get muddy and unfishable this weekend. The upper river above the Teanway stayed in great shape. The entire Yakima is now dropping and the lower river is starting to look a little better this morning. The Upper Yakima is in great shape, the fish are still making you work for them. We’re catching a few on the dry’s in the afternoons on  Skwala’s, BWO’s and a few March Browns. Don’t get discouraged everyday is a new day, the spring fishing often turns around quickly.

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April 4

River: Yakima River

Top flies
Dries: Skwalla’s, BWO’s
Nymphes: Copper John Sz 16 – 18, Olive Pats Sz.12, Pheasant tails Sz. 16-20 and the San Juan worm.
Streamers: Mini Scuplzillas, Olive Buggers

The arrival of spring seems tentative but optimistic. Sunshine, rain, wind, warmth, cold; all in one day – this has gotta be spring.

The Yakima river is in great shape above the confluence with the Teanaway River. Below the Teanaway, the water clarity suffers from snow melt. It has been consistent, however, with good enough clarity to fish. The flows are elevated but very manageable and, once again, consistent.

Lots of different aquatic insects have been present. We have been seeing a nice Blue Wing Olive hatch about 1:30 PM on the upper Yakima in the Cle Elum area. There has also been a sprinkling of March Browns. The Skwala is the big player on the water. The afternoon temperatures have been warm enough to get the adults active and the promise of dry fly fishing comes true. Ample Skwala nymphs have completed their migration and are staged along the shoreline for their nighttime molt. Good patterns include a stonefly nymph of your choice in size eight or ten colored brown and tan. Small beadheads such as a size 18 Copper John or Pheasant Tail represents the BWO’s. And, the always tasty, pink San Juan Worm is a favorite with the trout that works throughout the spring. On the surface, a Skwala dry fly like the Stimulator, Amy’s Ant, or Gypsy King in an olive color is a good bet for surface takes.

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March 23

River: Yakima River

Top flies
Dries: Skwalla’s,
Nymphes: Copper John Sz 16 – 18, Olive Pats Sz.12, Pheasant tails Sz. 16-20 and the San Juan worm.
Streamers: Mini Scuplzillas, Olive Buggers

The entire Yakima is on a slow drop. The upper river has great clarity and as you move to the lower river there is more color but still very fishable. We’re starting to see a lot of adult Skwala’s on the water. When fishing an adult Skwala, work that slow moving water. A pat stone and a worm have been the go to nymphing set up.

Ensign Ranch and Bullfrog remain impassible due to snow. Most of the other boat launches are snow free. Call either fly shop for the most current boat launch and fishing information.

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509.674.2144 Cle Elum


March 15

River: Yakima River

Top flies
Dries: Skwalla’s,
Nymphes: Copper John Sz 16 – 18, Olive Pats Sz.12, Pheasant tails Sz. 16-20 and the San Juan worm.
Streamers: Mini Scuplzillas, Olive Buggers

Yakima River up in Cle Elum looks good! Lower Canyon is muddy and  the farmlands has some color. Springtime everyday is different and off colored water can be fishy water! Don’t let the false reports and off colored water keep you from fishing!

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March 13

River: Yakima River

Top flies
Dries: Skwalla’s,
Nymphes: Copper John Sz 16 – 18, Olive Pats Sz.12, Pheasant tails Sz. 16-20 and the San Juan worm.
Streamers: Mini Scuplzillas, Olive Buggers

Over the weekend we had a mixed bag of fishing reports from our guides. The lower canyon was muddy from a little slide at MP 20 and from Wilson creek. The zone that had the best fishing was in the Farmlands, with decent nymphing. In the upper river you had to work a little harder for the fish with a nymph set up.

All the lower river boat launches are close to snow free, The upper boat launches still have a lot of snow making is difficult to put in and take out. Ensign Ranch and Bullfrog remain impassible due to snow. Four-wheel drive is required for many of the other launches. Call either fly shop for the most current boat launch and fishing information.

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509.674.2144 Cle Elum


March 6

River: Yakima River

Top flies
Dries: Skwalla’s,
Nymphes: Copper John Sz 16 – 18, Olive Pats Sz.12, Pheasant tails Sz. 16-20 and the San Juan worm.
Streamers: Mini Scuplzillas, Olive Buggers

The Spring fishing is here! The fishing this past week has been decent. We have been getting a few fish up on dries and getting fish consistently on nymphs through out the day.  This time of year you have a lot of variables from inconsistent weather to inconstant flows but it is a great time of year to see big fish consistently.

The weather warmed over the weekend and caused the lower river below Wilson Creek to rise and get off color, the upper river came up a bit but clarity was not an issue.

All the boat launches continue to have snow. Ensign Ranch and Bullfrog remain impassible due to snow. Four-wheel drive is required for many of the other launches. Call either fly shop for the most current boat launch and fishing information.

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509.674.2144 Cle Elum


February 27

River: Yakima River

Old man winter just keeps hanging on. We were expecting nicer weather than what materialized over the weekend. Despite the recent but brief cold spell, the fishing did not suffer to a great degree.  The Yakima River remained ice free and trout were caught this weekend. On Saturday, the river fished surprising good first thing in the morning after an overnight low of 13 degrees. The fishing remained consistent through the entire day. So did the on and off snow with wind.

The most productive fly pattern was the Olive Pat’s Rubber Legs in size 8 or 10 along with the Pink San Juan Worm. (Fly fishing at its finest!) Other flies to consider include the Pheasant Tail, Red Copper John, Standard Copper John, and Brassies. Using a dropper nymph system, fish the flies about six feet under a strike indicator for best results. Add a single BB size split shot if you need to get a little deeper. Remember that the water is cold. Let your drift develop by putting a little more stack on the water to create a drag free drift. Most trout have been caught in slow moving water that is fairly deep.

All the boat launches continue to have snow. Ensign Ranch and Bullfrog remain impassible due to snow. Four-wheel drive is required for many of the other launches. Call either fly shop for the most current boat launch and fishing information.

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February 20

River: Yakima River

Successful flies included: size 12 Olive Pat’s Rubber Legs, Pink San Juan Worm (yes!), size 16 Flashback Beadhead Pheasant Tail, size 18 Red Brassie, size 18 Red Chironomid, size 16 and 18 Red and Standard Copper John.

The weather has warmed a little and has caused some of the snow to melt, the river has increased in volume by a little but still is in great shape to go fishing. The catching on the Yakima has been getting better each day with the slightly warmer weather also. Remember it’s still spring and conditions change daily.

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

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February 14

River: Yakima River

The high temperature forecast keeps falling short by about ten degrees. We expect a high of 42 degrees and it ends up being 32 degrees. However, the weather has been nothing short of awesome with blue skies and sunshine, hardly even noticing the cold. Fishing the Yakima has been a great fix for “cabin fever” with amazing winter scenery and catching metallic chrome colored rainbows.

Yesterday was the best day of the past week. Johnny guided from Ringer to mile marker 20 in the Yakima Canyon. Catching was tough in the morning with the cold temperature. After lunch, all the fish were caught when the day warmed. Successful flies included size 12 Olive Pat’s Rubber Legs, Pink San Juan Worm (yes!), size 16 Flashback Beadhead Pheasant Tail, size 18 Red Brassie, size 18 Red Chironomid, size 16 and 18 Red and Standard Copper John. The Yakima River flows are low and clear.

Almost all of the boat launches on the Yakima have significant snow. A four-wheel drive is mandatory. Also, throw a shovel in the truck and have some extra rope to pull your boat out if you can’t get the trailer close enough to the water.

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

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There is a new club in Ellensburg KITTCO Women on the Fly. They are going to be offering a Women’s Fly tying class. Contact Traci@troutwaterfly.com for more info or if you have any questions about the group.

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January 30

River: Yakima River

Top flies
Dries:
Nymphes: Copper John Sz 16 – 18, Olive Pats Sz.12, Pheasant tails Sz. 16-20.
Streamers: Mini Scuplzillas, Olive Buggers

The weather is starting to slowly warm up, there has been some people out fishing the last few days. 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.  There is still snow around at all of the boat launches, make sure you have four wheel drive and a shovel.

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

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509.674.2144 Cle Elum


January 20

River: Yakima River

Top flies
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The weather has finally warmed a little bit here in the Kittitas Valley. Still a little too cold to clear out the shelf ice in the river. There are places with shelf ice all away across the river. For people that are really getting an itch to get out there are few spots to do some wade fishing. We will keep you posted!

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January 9

River: Yakima River

Top flies:
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The entire Yakima looks like a slushy right now. Keep on tying some flies. We will keep you posted when the river becomes fishable again.

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January 3

River: Yakima River

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Happy New Year!! It is very cold on the Yakima River. Time to catch up on some fly tying.

Fred is putting on a fly tying class in Cle Elum starting this Thursday. Give us a call if your interested or if you have any questions.

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