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.
Fishing Report: 6-7-19 Water temps are back down due cooler weather, cleaner water below the Teanaway and increased flows from Cle Elum reservoir. 61 degrees in the lower Canyon yesterday. PMDs, Caddis, Yellow Sallys, Terrestrials as well as Golden stones and a few Green drakes in the upper river.
Fishing Report: 6-2-19 Spotted Sedge emerger in photo. Yakima River water temps are currently very high. Water temps yesterday, taken between 4:30 and 5:30: 70 degrees in the Yakima River Canyon, measured at multiple locations. 68 at Ringer launch. 67 at Thorpe. 64 at State boat launch below Cle Elum. 64 at south Cle Elum launch. Water temps below the Teanaway were significantly higher due to a slide on the Teanaway (dark sediment absorbs sunlight and warms the river). Clarity on the Teanaway was about 2 feet yesterday, a big improvement since the slide. 66 degrees is the current standard at which we should stop fishing. There are a lot of other factors in catch and release fishing which affect fish survival. Hook size and where they are hooked, the kind of water in which they are caught, how long it takes to bring them to the net and how they are handled and released, to mention a few. Clearing water below the Tenaway and cooler weather begining Wednesday should bring the temps back down. A lot of boats in the Canyon yesterday. Very crowded from south Cle Elum launch to state boat launch, since clarity is still good above the Tenanaway. Current hatches: PMDs, Yellow Sallys, American Grannom - still some occidentalis and lots of americanus, Little Sister Sedge, Spotted Sedge and Golden stones in the upper river. Check the hatch chart and yakima river hatches for more details.
Fishing Report: 5-25-19 OK to great fishing the last week or so. Dry fly fishing has been typically very good on calm, cloudy days, mostly caddis and PMDs. The river is on a sharp rise today and is projected to peak at around 3500 cfs at Umtanum on the 27th and then stabilize at 26 or 27 hundred cfs for awhile. The increased flows are from the reservoirs, so clarity should not be affected to much. Fishing will most likely be slow for a few days until the fish and hatches adjust to the new levels. Flow forecast at Umtanum
Fishing Report: 5-12-19 Fair to Very good dry fly fishing. The Mothers Day Caddis hatch (american grannom) is in full swing. Nymphing has been slow, fish simply wait until large quantities of caddis are available on the surface. On sunny days, most fish are looking up in shady spots, under bushes etc. Once the sun is off the water in the late afternoon.the rise will be at it's peak. The weatherman is predicting clouds and possible rain starting on Wedsday and continuing through the weekend. Depending on air temps (cold days will retard caddis activity), these days should be very good dry fly fishing.
Don't be concerned if you see thousands of Caddis flying upstream and there are not many fish rising. They are migrating upstream and for the most part are not on the water. The fish are waiting for an emergence, when caddis rest briefly on the surface and egg laying, when the female caddis deposit their eggs, generally on the surface of the river.
The river is up 1000+ cfs since Saturday, The 'river regulators' are most likely flushing salmon smolt down the system. The current NOAA forecast is predicting a steep drop back to the previous levels over the next few days.
Fishing Report: 5-9-19 The Mother Day caddis hatch is underway and fish are looking up. The Yakima has been on a slow rise since the 4th but is still in good shape - 2100 cfs at Umtanum today, still low for this time of year. NOAA is predicting that the river wll remain at this level for a few days and then drop a bit. Nymphing has slowed, but dry fly fishng is on the rise.
Yakima River Report: 4-22-19 The river rose aprox. 1800 cfs between the 18th and the 20th at Umtanum. Visability was 1 1/2 feet at Umtanum yesterday. The fish are still eating, but with reduced gusto. The Teanaway and other feeder streams have been dropping since the 20th, and clarity is getting better. NOAA is predicting 4000+ at Umtanum for the next few days followed by a significant drop. Still some Skwala and BWO's. March Browns from the farmlands up. Photo: Trumpet Bluebells in the Yakima River Canyon, an uncommon flower in the Canyon.
Yakima River Report: 4-7-19 Fair to good fishing when the river is in shape. Skwala are still emerging, best dry fly fishing after 1 pm. OK to good BWO hatches on cloudy days. The Yakima has been on a pretty steady rise for the past week or so. The Teanaway started droping yesterday. Decent color throughout.
Yakima River Report 2-21-19 Beautiful spring weather the last few days and snow at lower elevations is melting. The Yak is up and off color, with clarity decreasing from the upper river to the Lower Canyon as more feeder streams add muck to the river. Decent clarity from the Cle Elum river to the Tenanaway. 6 to 12 inches in the Lower Canyon
Yakima River Report 2-8-19 The February - early March snow and deep freeze eased up a bit this week with above freezing daytime temps and some sun. The weatherman is predicting overnight lows in the 20s but daytime highs in the low 40s beginning Tuesday or Wednesday. If the water temps reach 42+ next week, we could see the Skwala emergence begin. The nymphs are staging up near the edges in good numbers preparing to climb ashore and emerge.
The Roza, MP 10 and Red’s launches in the Canyon are in good shape and MP 20 is icy but useable. Mahre’s, Big pines, Umtanum and Bighorn are still unusable due to shore ice or ice and snow. Ringer and Irene Rinehart are OK. KOA is useable. Launches from The green bridge in Thorpe to Cle Elum are pretty non-useable