Yakima River

The “Blue Ribbon” trout waters of the Yakima are home to Rainbows, Cutthroats, good hatches and gorgeous scenery. A great catch and release trout river. Troutwater has fly shops on both the upper Yakima River and the Lower Yakima River.

The Trout Season
February/March – Skwala Stoneflies, March Brown Duns

Mid to late February through March is one of the best times to find the large, mature rainbows of the Yakima River. The weather may suck or it could be mild and comfortable during the end of winter. What does usually happen are big fish congregated together in the stable, low river flows during pre-snow melt period.

April/May – March Browns, Salmon Flies, Drakes, Caddis
Great insect hatches occur in the spring on the Yakima River. The Yakima continues to see the skwala stonefly adults into early April. Other stoneflies that are active include the salmon flies and golden stones. On the mayfly side, the March brown duns are in full strength early in April into the latter parts of the month. We also see blue wing olives in April. May will be the blue wing olives, mahagonies and drakes. The salmon flies are strong towards the end of May. The only bummer is the river can easily blowout from snow melt.

June/July/August – Hoppers, Summer Stones, Caddis
June bring irrigation water from the Lake Cle Elum reservior, bumping the river flows significantly. On the positive side, the river stays cool and highly oxygenated throughout the heat of the summer. Lots of dry fly fishing with terrestrial patterns and summer stoneflies. It’s a great time to fish.

September/October – Caddis, Blue Wings, Baetis, October Caddis
After Labor Day, the flow draw down as the irrigation needs for the lower Yakima Valley are met by the Naches River drainage. The warm days and cool nights of the fall bring great hatches. The Chinook salmon are actively spawning in the upper river by the end of September.

November/December – Blue wings, Baetis, Midges
The Yakima will fishing will depend on weather this time of year. It usually fishes well until the first cold snap of the year. The lower river tends to be more mild than the upper with better fish activity as a result. The river is also more accessible below Ellensburg due to less snow.

Summer Rates

  • $425 – Full day guided fly fishing float trip. Includes all fly fishing supplies, equipment, lunch and beverages.
  • $345 – Half day guided fly fishing float trip. Includes all fly fishing supplies, equipment and beverages.
  • $90 hour Walk and Wade Yakima River – 2 hour min.  Flies and all the fishing supplies needed for a successful day on the river. 1 to 3 anglers.
  • You will need a Washington fishing license

Spring Rate Mar. 1 – May 31

  • $395 – Full day guided fly fishing float trip. Includes all fly fishing supplies, equipment and beverages.
  • $345 – Half day guided fly fishing float trip. Includes all fly fishing supplies, equipment and beverages.

Winter Rate Nov. 1 – Feb. 28

  • $325 Yakima River Winter Rate– 4 hours of fishing, Hot soup lunch, flies and all the fishing supplies needed for a successful day on the river. 1 or 2 anglers.
  • You will need a Washington fishing license