The river has crested today, and should drop and clear through the weekend. The upper river should clean up first, so for those of you starting your Memorial Day weekend early, focus on the section of river upstream of the Teanaway. Anything goes this time of year with caddis, salmonflies, pmds, golden stones and salmon smolt all playing a part in the fish's diet, so be prepared to change bugs and techniques often until you find the magic set up.
The Powers-That-Be have been dumping water out of Lake Cle Elum, in an effort to help sockeye salmon smolt out-migrate from the lake to the river to, eventually, the ocean. This most recent push of water hasn't dirtied the river up too bad, although the fishing has been a little tough over the last 24 hours or so. It looks like the river may continue to rise throughout the week, with warm air temperatures creating runoff from snowmelt in some of our tributary sreams, as well as increased release from the dams. Our advice for the time being is to lay low and keep a sharp eye on the graphs. When the river starts dropping, the fishing should pick back up again.
Caddis, caddis and more caddis! The Mother's Day caddis hatch has popped with the recent warm weather, so if you like fishing dry flies (who doesn't?), now is the time to be on the water. Nymphing #12-14 tungsten hare's ears, bloody marys and cdc prince nymphs or #6-8 Pat's rubberlegs shallow under an indicator is the way to go pre-hatch, but once the bugs get going and the shade hits the water, a 3 or 4 weight rigged with a high-floating elk hair in #12-14 trailed by a slightly smaller #14-16 cdc emerger provides a deadly 1-2 punch for fish looking up for caddis. It's dry-fly time in central Washington so get out here, we are foreasted to get some warm weather this next week, so dirty water may be in our future. The time is now!