It's been pretty windy here in the valley over the last two days, but it looks like the breeze should lay down tomorrow and give us some warm, fishy weather through the weekend. Nymphing Pat's and beadhead droppers is still putting fish in the boat consistently during the middle of the day, with a good evening caddis hatch in the lower canyon providing the bulk of the dry-fly fishing. We are getting close to the start of our summer (shortwing) stonefly hatch, so now is the time to stock up on those big foam and hair-wing dries in #8-10, and focusing your fishing in the early-morning or late-evening hours.
The Yakima is in great shape and it's looking like we are just about out of the woods as far as runoff goes. We still expect some fluctuation throughout the summer, but the majority of it should come from dam release rather than runoff from our freestone tributaries. Fishing has been good, with some days being better than others. The big dry-fly fishing has yet to really get going, but once we start seeing some warmer weather things should kick into high gear. For now, nymphing a Pat's and some kind of beadhead attractor like a prince or PT in #12-14 is the best way to catch fish. With the water warming, the trout are living in faster water, so using weighted flies and split-shot to get your offering in the zone is critical.
The Yakima is on the rise, but the fishing was solid today even as the flows were coming up. Big wind and cooler weather have made nymphing and streamer fishing the best options for putting fish in the boat, with the usual Pat's/beadhead combo being the preferred setup. There have been some PMDs coming off in the afternoon hours, but finding rising fish has been tough. It looks like we will see some nicer weather over the weekend, so there's no excuse not to get out and enjoy some fishing this weekend with dad!