Despite some rainy weather in the high country, the Yakima stayed in great shape over the weekend, and it looks like it should continue to be fishable through the end of the week. The March Brown fishing has been pretty dang good over the last few days, with bugs popping between 1-3 pm. A two fly combo consisting of a Comparadun in #12 trailed by either a #12-14 Purple Haze or PT Cripple has been all you need to put a few dry-fly eaters in the net. Targeting consistent feeders is the best way to fish this hatch, but blind-casting to likely looking seams has been productive as well. Spring fishing is in full swing on the Yak!
The river dropped back into shape over the last 48 hours, and fishing has been good with both the nymph and the dry. With the cloudy, wet weather we've been having, the March Browns having been popping every afternoon between 1-4 pm, along with some BWO. Parachute March Browns, Comparaduns and PT Cripples have all been taking fish when the bugs start popping. Nymphing has been consistent pre and post hatch, with the always reliable Pat's San Juan combo producing in the soft water. Keep an eye on the flows over the next several days, it looks like we may see a bump in flows starting tomorrow. If the river does hold, the dry-fly fishing should be good through the early part of the week.
The Yakima is still high and dirty, although it looks like the upper river will come back into shape in the next day or two, followed by the lower end (farmlands, canyon) by the weekend. For now we thought we'd share this short video of nothing but rising trout, a sight we will hopefully be seeing again on the Yakima very soon! Enjoy!