Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
We've been running fairly heavy tippet and leaders to get them to the net quickly. Leave your 4 wits and smaller at home. 5 and 6 weights. Fight fish quickly and get them back into the water.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yakima River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ellensburg Angler

Water flow: 3500cfs @ Umtanum

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 64 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

Starting off at first light dry dropper with a chubby Chernobyl and tungsten bead head nymph. Nymphing with a pat's rubber leg and small bead head has been the best producer during most of the day. Early morning is the time for dry fly. Stonefly, hopper, and caddis imitations. Streamer fishing has been putting fish in the net on some days. If you want to throw streamers, throw streamers.

7-Day Forecast

Mid 80's this week with Tuesday forecast to reach 94. Fish upriver and leave the canyon alone. Water temps are too warm down low.


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