Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Finding fish consistently in deeper channels and runs. Fish are holding in at least 3-5 ft of water that's moving at a walking speed. Length of leader and nymph weight selection should be the primary focus in these channels.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yakima River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ellensburg Angler

Water flow: 1380 @ Umtanum

Visibility: 46 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 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

Person Fishing in a stream

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. Streamer bite is picking up zonkers,sculpin patterns. Oct caddis, BWO, mahogany duns when it warms up.

7-Day Forecast

Low to mid 40's this week. Temps are fairly stable with overnights at or below freezing. Gauges are holding with no rain. Great time to get out and Wade fish.


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