February 19th Yakima River Fishing Report

The Yakima River is still dropping and in good condition, we are expecting some cooler temps this upcoming week, so that could possibly slow the fishing down just a little. The flows should continue to drop to the normal low winter flows.

If you are looking for something to do this upcoming Saturday, our crew will be in Leavenworth at the Snowy Owl Theatre attending the F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour, check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts for more details.

We will also be doing a Spring on the Yakima seminar on Thursday March 1ST, where our guides will be giving you all of the info you will need for the upcoming spring season on the Yakima River. This event will be at the Orvis Bellevue store, the event starts at 6pm. The seminar is totally free and no need to pre register. There will also be pizza and beverages as well, and Orvis Bellevue will have the brand new H3 rod to demo, as well as specials and discounts that evening for all attending.

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Yakima River Fishing Report: February 16th, 2018

Things are looking pretty dang good here on the Yakima, as long as you don't count the stiff wind that has blowing all day! As far as flows go, this is the best shape we've seen the Yakima in for a few weeks. The river in the farmlands is running just north of 1600 cfs with 3+ feet of visibility, and a slight "steelhead-green" tinge to it. Fishing has been improving throughout the week, and nymphing the tried and true Pat's Stone trailed by a pink San Juan worm has been the go-to for putting fish in the net. Streamer fishing has not been incredible lately, but that could change as the weather starts to warm back up again. If you just gotta chuck the meat, flashy streamers like Sparkle Minnows and Montana Intruders have been the best bet for those looking for a tight line grab. It looks like we may see a bump in flows starting sometime tomorrow, but it is this author's opinion that fishing will probably be just fine tomorrow, with Sunday being more of a wait-and-see proposition. In short, if you can get on the water tomorrow, do it, it may be your last chance for a few days!

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Yakima River Snowpack Outlook: February 15, 2018

The most recent stats on our snowpack here in the upper Yakima River basin put us at 86% of normal. Not great, but not terrible either. As fishing guides we keep an eye on snowpack throughout the winter, because our livelihood, as well as the health of our business partners (the fish) is dependent on having the right levels of water at the right temperature, especially during the summer months. Too little snowpack means we may have an awesome spring season with light runoff, but summer water levels may be low with water temps that are not healthy for cold-water species like trout. The opposite is true in a heavy snowpack year. With above average snowpack, we generally see a tough spring season due to prolonged runoff with water levels and temps conducive to fish and fishing throughout the summer and into the fall. Although this scenario can make for challenging early-season conditions, the fish fare much better in a big water year.

So what's in store for the 2018 season? Even though we have just a couple weeks left in the month of February, and spring fishing seems like it is just around the corner, there's still ample time for snowfall in the mountains. Late February and March can bring some big storms to the Cascades, and this upcoming weekend Snoqualmie Pass is forecasted to get 14"+. A few big dumps could get things back to normal (100%), so we'll keep doing our snow dances here in the Kittitas Valley, because a snowy March means there will be plenty of healthy, happy trout come August.

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