Our main focus is the Yakima River, from Roza Dam upstream, targeting wild Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout. We have almost 80 miles of great catch and release water to fish, from the high desert of the famous Yakima River Canyon all the way to the tree-lined banks of the Upper Yakima. We also offer guided trips on the Naches River for native Cutthroat Trout and Rocky Ford Spring Creek for Rainbow Trout.
Winter weather can be very frigid, but starting in March we will begin to see warmer days, along with better fishing. Spring in the Kittitas Valley is very mild (we receive less than 10 inches of rainfall annually) and by May it is consistently warm and sunny. We will continue to see warm, stable weather thru the middle of October. Although we have a very mild climate, the weather can change suddenly, especially in the spring, so we recommend guests come prepared with wet-weather gear.
Ellensburg Angler operates year-round; please visit our website for more details on seasons for specific bodies of water.
The Yakima is open year-round for Rainbow and Westslope Cutthroat Trout. We also fish the summer trout season on the Naches (June-October), as well as Rainbow Trout on Rocky Ford Spring Creek year-round.
We provide all Orvis gear for use free of charge if necessary, including rods, reels, waders, and boots. Please bring your own wet-weather gear. Additionally, know we have plenty of Orvis demo rods and reels for you to try anytime. Guides provide flies, leader, tippet and all other terminal tackle, as well as beverages, snacks, and lunch.
A typical Full Day (8 hour) trip on the Yakima will begin at 9 a.m. in Ellensburg, where your guide will meet you to discuss the game plan for the day. From there you will jump in the guide’s truck and head to the put-in (travel time to the river varies from 5-30 minutes, depending on what section you plan to fish).
Once on the water, your guide will instruct you on the techniques you will be using throughout the day (we will recommend what techniques will work best for that day, although we are happy to fish whatever method the guest prefers) as well as discussing boat safety, entomology, and fly selection.
After a few hours of fishing, you will be treated to a gourmet BBQ lunch, consisting of either steak or chicken. When lunch is over, you will jump back in the boat and continue fishing until you arrive at the take-out, where your guide’s truck will be waiting to take you back to your vehicle.
Fly Fishing Checklist
Rods and Reels
Leaders and Tippets
Waders and Wading Boots
Other Standard Gear
Our rates range from $325 for a Half Day on the Yakima to $495 for a Full Day Naches/Rocky Ford trip. All rates are for the boat (2 anglers, plus a guide). Please visit our website for more details.
What is the best time to fish the Yakima?
The fishing is good from March-November, although the most consistent fishing is generally from June to mid-October.
Do I need my own equipment?
Ellensburg Angler provides all the equipment needed (rods, reels, flies, tippet, waders, etc.), all that is required of the guest is a fishing license and a rain jacket.