YAKIMA RIVER ANGLER
FLY FISHING ON WASHINGTON STATE’S FINEST TROUT WATERS
4/1/13 OK Fishing Friday, a little slower Saturday and Good on Sunday. The Yakima is up 900 cfs since Saturday, the next few days could be slow fishing if the clarity goes south.
4/3/13 Poor conditions below the Teanaway, slow fishing above.
4/14/13 2+ feet of visibility in the Canyon, still dropping and clearing. Good color from the farmlands up. Decent fishing.
4/19/13 The River is in good shape. Good March Brown Hatches and rising fish. Windy today with more in the forecast over the next few days.
4/30/13 Mediocre fishing and lots of wind last week. Flows were up and down but clarity was pretty good. Current flow forecasts call for a substantial increase beginning Friday.
5/3/13 The Yakima is on the rise due to reservoir releases and melt from warm weather. Two feet of visibility and 4200 cfs at Umtanum today, still “fishable”. The river is projected to reach 7600 cfs by Tuesday, definitely not fishable. Flows and color will be better above the Teanaway, but conditions will not be favorable for good fishing on the Yak for awhile.
5/14/13 Cooler weather the last few days and the Yak is beginning to drop. Still 6500 cfs with 6 inches of visibility at Umtanum, the river probably won’t be in decent shape for a week or so. Water temps are down significantly slowing the the Grannon hatch, hopefully good numbers are still waiting to emerge as water temps rise and the river drops into good shape.
5/16/13 The Yakima at Umtanum should be at or below 4000 cfs by Friday, average summer levels and clarity is OK. Water temps are still a bit low, but should begin to rise with warmer weather and lower flows. The current forecast predicts fairly stable flows until the end of the month. No forecast yet beyond May.
5/17/13 Great dry fly yesterday. Big grannom hatch and lots of rising fish. Nice PMD hatch in afternoon, but the fish were on grannom. Wind in the forecast for the weekend, becoming calmer on Monday. Under 3500 cfs at Umtanum today.
5/19/13 The grannom hatch continues to produce good dry fly action. The numbers of caddis on the water have been “just right”. Too few caddis won’t bring up good numbers of trout, too many and your fly is lost in a flotilla of naturals. The best grannom fishing on the Yak since 2005.
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5/22/13 The Yakima is on the rise due to reservoir releases and rain. Low water temps throughout the system due to cold weather and cold water from the reservoirs. The grannom hatch is currently on hold. Still a few PMDs emerging. Poor fishing above Wilson Creek and no fishing below. The river below Wilson creek is muddy.
5/24/13 The river looks good above Wilson Creek, still off color below. Water temps are rising, hopefully Caddis will rebound in the next few days.
5/27/13 Good dry fly morning and late afternoon yesterday in the Canyon. A little
too sunny mid-
6/5/13 Slow to good fishing since the last report. Every day and stretch has been different, not much consistency. Strong PMD hatches, but too sunny for good dry fly fishing. Quite a few Yellow Sallys and a few Mahogany Duns. Not many caddis the last few days.
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6/6/13 The river is rising due to increased flows from Cle Elum dam. Flows should stabilize by the weekend. Water clarity is still good, but fishing will most likely be slow for a few days.
7/1/13 Flows were bumped up for irrigation last week but color remained good. Spring Mayfly hatches are just about done. Current bugs: Caddis, Yellow Sallys and Terrestrials. Summer Stones should begin to emerge in earnest in the next week or two. Slow to good fishing last week, should be more consistent this week.
7/12/13 More reservoir releases for irrigation, flows are 4600 at Umtanum but clarity is good. Nymphing is less productive at this level, not as much structure available to fish. Morning and evening dry fly has been good. The most important bugs currently: Summer Stones, Caddis, Yellow Sallys and Terrestrials.
7/21/13 The Yakima is still a little higher than normal for July. Bugs: Summer Stones, Caddis, Yellow Sallys and Terrestrials. Fair to very good fishing.
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8/5/13 The river is currently at normal summer levels. Summer Stones, Hoppers, Craneflies and a variety of other Terrestrials. Fair to very good fishing.
9/2/13 2400 cfs at Umtanum and dropping. Fair to good nymphing and poor to fair dry fly. Water temps are up, handle fish with care.
9/11/13 1700 cfs at Umtanum-
9/23/13 1500 cfs at Umtanum. Big drop in water temps, 56 degrees at Umtanum this afternoon. Fair to good nymphing and fair to good dry fly. Summer stones and October caddis. Lots of tiny BWOs, not many fish eating them.
6/13/13 The Yakima is in great shape. PMDs, Caddis, Yellow Sallys and a few Golden Stones. Fair to good fishing.
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10/12/13 Pretty sparse BWO hatches. Still a few October caddis. 1500 cfs at Umtanum. Good to great nymphing.
11/14/13 Not much change from the last report. Fair to good nymphing, mostly small