Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Yakima River, Washington Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Bring some San Juan worms if you plan on fishing this week and focus on the soft water with good depth and a pace walking speed or slower. The Canyon is ice free and fishing well. Best combo has been pats rubber leg stone and San Juan dropper.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Yakima River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ellensburg Angler

Water flow: 1400 cfs @ Umtanum

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 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 and streamer fishing will be your best bets in the winter months. Focus on fishing the soft, slow water with 4-6' of depth.

7-Day Forecast

Several access points are snowed in and blocked if you're using your own drift boat. Visually check your take out before launching for the day. No need to get up early, focus on the mid day warm up. Bring those layers!

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