Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish early and late, the midday fishing is slowing down with the hot weather. More and more fish are looking for stoneflies late in the day, so make sure to have some big foam dries like Chubbies or PMXs in purple, tan, or royal in your box
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yakima River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ellensburg Angler

Water flow: 4,000 cfs @ Umtanum

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Seasonally dependant

Best stretch: Depending on flows, both the Upper and Lower Yakima have great stretches - most well-known is between Easton and Roza Dam.

Best access point: The Upper Yakima has easy access along I-90, between Easton and Cle Elum. Between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, there are multiple launch points for boats. There is accessible wading, depending on flows, from the BLM campgrounds in the Lower Canyon.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

January - February: midges, small winter stoneflies, mayflies March - May: skwala stones, golden stones, caddis, mayflies June - August: short-wing stoneflies, salmonflies, caddis, crane flies, mayflies, terrestrials September - December: October caddis, mayflies, midges

Fish species: Westslope Cutthroat, Wild Rainbows and Whitefish

Fishing season: Year-round; seasonal hatches make for great spring, summer, and fall fishing.

Nearest airport: Seattle Tacoma International Airport

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Yakima River Description

The Yakima River is Washington's only blue ribbon trout stream, flowing 70 miles from Easton to Roza Dam in the lower canyon. Access to the river for wading is good along I-90, through the upper river and down Yakima Canyon road. The river has distinct sections - narrow, braided, and tree lined, or deep into volcanic basalt walls towering above the water.

Wild Rainbow and Cutthroat trout inhabit ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymphing midday with dry flies fishing well mornings and evenings. Predominant hatches include golden stoneflies, short-wing stoneflies, PMDs, caddis, and green drakes

7-Day Forecast

This coming week will be very hot, with temps hanging around the 100 degree mark. Fishing a half day in the morning or evening will be more productive than grinding it out in the middle of the day.

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