Yakima River Fishing Report

We're smack dab in the middle of summer and fishing has been good on the Yakima, although after a few weeks of heavy pressure the fish are getting to big foam bugs and beefy leaders. We are still seeing plenty of fish caught on chubbies, although stepping down to a #12 versus #8-10 has been getting a little more love the past few days. Hair-wing stuff like PMXs and Stimis are getting a lot of love as well right now. Regardless of what kind of flies you are fishing, presentation is key. Sloppy casts and flies dragging across the water at Mach 10 will not get it done this time of year. If you are in a driftboat, focus on short, accurate casts and drag-free drifts. Hoppers are starting to get some attention midday, as are ant and beetle patterns, and the terrestrial fishing should continue to improve as we move into August and the stonefly bite slows down. Nymphing miday is still producing plenty of fish in the 8-12" range with a few larger ones mixed in. Pat's Stones, YB Hare's Ears and Copper johns have all been effective, don't be afraid to mix it up until you find ehat the fish are liking, because it can definitely change from day-to-day.

Flies:

#10-12 Chubby Chernobyl (royal, tan, purple)

#10-12 PMX (royal, tan, purple)

#10-12 Bugmeister

#10-12 Morrish Hopper (pink, tan)

#10-14 Dave's Hopper

#14 YB Hare's Ear

#10 Pat's Stone (Coffee/Black, Brown/Tan)

#14-16 Copper John (red, chartreuse)

#14-18 Lightning Bug (gold, pearl, purple)

Yakima River Fishing Report

We've had a windy couple of days on the river, but the Yak is fishing great from top to bottom both nymphing and dry-fly fishing. The big bugs are still stealing the show when the sun is off the water, although there have been some nice fish keying in on caddis as well. Nymphing midday with stonefly nymphs, tungsten bugs and generic attractor stuff like PTs, copper johns and hare's ears will put some fish in the net when the sun is bright. We are starting to see more and more grasshoppers kicking around the banks, so the terrestrial fishing should get going soon!

Flies:

#8-10 Pat's Stone (Coffee/Black)

#14-16 Coppeer John (Red, Chartreuse)

#14-16 Hare's Ear

#14 YB Hare's Ear

#14-18 Lightning Bug (Purple, Gold)

#8-12 Chubby Chernobyl (Purple, Royal, Tan)

#8-12 Bugmeister

#10-12 Stimulator (Tan, Royal)

#14-16 Elk Hair Caddis (Peacock, Tan)

#14-16 CDC Caddis

Yakima River Fishing Report

Fishing has remained consistent on the Yakima, although slightly tougher than last week. Mornings and evenings are still producing some great dry-fly fishing, although the fish have seen some pressure, meaning presentation is paramount, as well as fishing smaller, more natural looking patterns. Nymphing midday is still kicking out some fish, although, again, good presentations are getting rewarded, while sloppy ones leave something to be desired. Focus on the fast water midday, and don't be afraid to run light with your nymph rigs, as their is a lot of food in the upper portion of the water column right now.

Flies:

#10-12 PMX (Royal, Tan)

#10-12 Bugmeister

#8-10 Pat's Stone (Coffee/Black)

#14 Copper John (Red)

#14 YB Hare's Ear

#14-16 CDC Caddis