The fishing has been off and on this week, with some days being much better than others. In short, pretty typical early season fishing. We have seen fish caught on nymphs, streamers and dries this week, and although our guides are not putting huge numbers of fish in the net, we have seen some incredibly large fish coming to hand over the past several days. The two MVPs of this week have been the pink San Juan worm for fishing subsurface, whether trailed off the back of a rubberlegs stonefly nymph or a large foam dry in a dry-dropper rig, and the Bitteroot Skwala, which has been turning a few fish looking for adult Skwalas on the surface. The river is still high, so look for fish in the soft water with 3-5 feet of depth and remember that you may not catch a lot of fish right now, but you have a great shot at one of your biggest fish of the season, so stay diligent and fish hard all day!
The Yakima has continued to drop and has fished well, all the way from the upper river through the lower canyon. The river below the Teanaway still has some color but is fishing well with darker stonefly nymphs and San Juans in pink and red. Flows are big for early spring, so make sure to fish the weak banks and softer water. The fishy spots are not terribly deep or fast, so often times a shorter nymph rig without split-shot will outfish a heavy setup. It looks like things will continue to drop and clear through the end of the month, and with Skwala adults starting to show up we should see some dry-fly fishing very soon!
The Yakima has dropped into shape nicely, and although the river below the Teanaway still has a greenish tint to it, it is definitely fishable from top to bottom. The flow predicitions for the next 10 days are looking good, and we should hopefully start to see the Skwala adults start to come off any day now. We have spent the last few days in the upper river but will have guides out in the canyon today and we will update you on the fishing in the lower river as soon as possible.
Best bugs right now include:
Pat's Stone SZ 10 Olive Pat's Stone SZ 08 Black/Brown Pink Worm SZ 08 Pink, Red, or Purple Mayfly nymphs like WD 40's or Black Copper Johns SZ 16,18 As soon as we see the Adult Skwalas think Bitteroot Skwala SZ 10, Bullet Head Skwala SZ 08, and Olive Chubby SZ 10.