Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Ellensburg Angler
Fly Fishing Map of Yakima River, WA
Bookmark and Share
Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Our tip of the week is to be on the lookout for fish feeding on Caddis adults during the sunny days and on the cloudy days look for the March Browns.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yakima River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Emerging Rivers Guide Services
Ellensburg Angler

Water flow: 1000+/- at Cle Elum 2800/- at Umtanum

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 56 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

Free Orvis Fish Sticker

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

The best techniques have been nyphing a stone and a caddis nymph, we have also been seeing fish feeding on Caddis adults, Salmon flies and March Browns. There are lots of bugs around right now.

7-Day Forecast

The 7 day forecast is looking great, the weather is looking good and the river predictions look great as well.

Save Email


Add Your Fishing Report