What’s happening on the Yakima - Hatches, river conditions, how good (or bad) the fishing is and occasional photos of Yakima River flora and fauna. Chief reporter / photographer - Bruce Skotland, 25+ years on the Yakima River. With significant input from Mark Shimazu, 30+ years on the Yak and info shared by other knowledgeable Yakima River fly fishers.
Fishing Report - 9-20-17 Clean air and low clear water. Pretty reliable nymphing currently, mostly size 14 to 20. YBs, PTs, Prince nymphs, WD40s. The fly isn’t as important as size. If the fish aren’t eating size 20-24 midge larva or size 18-20 Baetis nymphs, a size 14 to 16 nymph has worked well. Some dry fly fishing at the right time and place. Summer Stones, October Caddis and Tiny BWOs (Baetis)
Fishing Report - 10-5-17 Not much change from the last report. Size 22 Baetis, a few larger BWOs, some Mahoganys and Cahills, size 18 gray caddis, midges and October caddis. Summer stones are done for the year. Good nymphing and OK dry fly fishing depending on the weather, location and time of day. Lots of 8-12 inch fish with a few bigger fish mixed in.
Fishing Report 10-23-17 The Yak blew out Saturday night due to heavy rains Saturday through early Sunday. Sunny today and the river is dropping quickly.
Fishing Report - 10-17-17 After a number of years of poor fall hatches, the bugs are back! BWOs, Cahills and Mahoganies. Good dry fly fishing. Cloudy days have been exceptional. Nymphing remains good.
Fishing Report 11-2-17 Cooler weather has slowed down the hatches a bit. These will continue to wane with colder weather. Good nymphing and OK dry fly
Fishing Report 10-29-17 The River is in great shape. Good nymphing and Fair dry fly fishing. Cooler weather in the forecast this week. Could be cloudy Thursday through the weekend, hopefully with good hatches and rising fish.
Fishing Report 11-8-17 Low, clear, cold water. Still some BWOs emerging, but the river is transitioning to winter conditions. Nymphs, streamers and some dry fly. As the river temps cool, fish will move to slower, deeper water.
Fishing Report 11-24-17 The Yakima is up and out. The river began to rise on the 20th due to rain and melting snow. Levels went from 1000 cfs to 5000 cfs at Umtanum. Currently dropping, but probably won’t be in fall shape for 4 or 5 days.
Fishing Report 12-6-17 The river is Low, clear and cold. Winter fishing conditions = Nymphs and streamers. Typical winter nymphing setup: Size 10 Pat’s stone and a San Juan worm (red, pink or brown). Other flies that can be effective: black Zebra midge, caddis larva and smaller stone patterns.