Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Yakima River, WA
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Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fish will move into the banks when the water rises to high summer irrigation levels. Dry dropper rigs, streamers, and short leash nymph rigs are great tools to find fish in these fast seams.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yakima River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ellensburg Angler

Water flow: 3420@ Umtanum

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 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

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 With an indicator should produce strikes throughout the day. Pats rubber leg in black or brown with a bead head underneath. Dries when it's cloudy or at last light. Streamers when the water is off color or rising. Pmds midday, caddis and stoneflies at last light.

7-Day Forecast

Expect warmer temperatures and breezy conditions this week. Water is slowly rising for irrigation as temps get hotter. Early morning fishing on hotter days with be more productive.


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