Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
October Caddis are starting to really get going. Fish pupa patterns underneath a big dry fly or under an indicator in the morning, and then skate and twitch adult patterns on the surface during the afternoon hours. Orange Stimis, Kingrey's October Caddis, and Morrish's October Caddis have all been taking fish.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yakima River is currently Hot!

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ellensburg Angler

Water flow: 1450 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

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 or dry/dropper in the morning, with October Caddis and Craneflies getting the fish looking up in the afternoon. Look for BWO on cloudy days.

7-Day Forecast

Cool mornings and warm afternoons should make for some great fishing conditions.

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