Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The Mother's day Caddis hatch has started and is in full swing right now, There is no need to get on the water super early, we recommend getting a little later start and fishing the Caddis dries into the evening.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
5 / 4 / 2015
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yakima River is currently Excellent

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

Water flow: 1400 +/- at Cle Elum 2300 +/- at Umtanum

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 54 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

The Caddis dry fly fishing is getting better and better everyday, all techniques including dry fly fishing, nymphing, and streamer fishing have all been producing fish.

7-Day Forecast

The Yakima river is in incredible shape right now, the flows are lower than normal for this time of the year, and the extended weather forecast looks great and the caddis hatch should keep going strong.

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