Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Size matters! Carry the same pattern in several sizes. Fish seem to be keying in on size, swap fly sizes till you start hooking fish and change again when it slows down.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yakima River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ellensburg Angler

Water flow: 3400cfs @ Umtanum

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 62 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 a pat's rubber leg and small bead head has been the best producer during most of the day. Early morning and late evening is the time for dry fly. Stonefly 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

The water is stable and weather a bit cooler this week. Thunderstorms have been popping up suddenly. Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Fish early during the hot days to avoid the tubing crowd. CHECK WATER TEMPS!

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