2/23/2015 Skwala season is just around the corner and the river is low and clear. Current snowpack (snow water equivalent) estimates for the upper Yakima are 26% of normal, not very good news for local irrigators. It’s a different story for anglers. If the next few months are reasonably dry, the river should be more stable this spring, with fewer days of off-color water from runoff.
3/8/15 Afternoon water temps have been in the 44-45 degree range the last few days, Skwala typically begin to emerge at 42 to 43 degrees. Good dry fly fishing and the river is low and clear.
3/15/15 The Yakima is on the rise due to rain and releases from Keechelus reservoir. The current trend forecast predicts a peak of over 5000 cfs by tomorrow at Umptanum followed by a rapid drop. The river should be in decent shape by mid-week.
3/16/15 The Yak peaked at a little over 3000 cfs early this morning at Umtanum. Not much of trend down yet. About 1 ½ feet of visibility in the Canyon. Daytime water temps are down 6 to 7 degrees throughout the system due to cold water from Keechelus reservoir. Fishing will be better as the fish adjust to higher flows, clarity improves and daytime water temps rise. Runoff doesn’t affect water clarity as much above the Teanaway, but daytime water temps are down and flows are up.
3/20/15 Flows and water temps have stabilized over the past few days, the Yak is in good shape and the fish are acclimated and eating. Skwala, sparse BWO hatches and a few Caddis.
3/29/15 Increasing flows in the Yak since the 25th from Keechelus and Cle Elum reservoirs. Clarity is OK, fishing has been poor to fair. Current flow forecasts predict that the river will stabilize around the 30th. The Skwala hatch has slowed, most likely on the way out. BWOs are still pretty good and should continue to emerge through April. March Browns are typically an April hatch on the Yakima. None in the Canyon currently, a few in the upper river.