Yakima River Fishing Report: November 20th, 2017

The fishing was solid on the Yakima this past weekend, with light crowdsand plenty of hungry fish. Nymphing is still the most effective way to put fish in the net, and that will continue throughout the winter season. Stonefly nymphs trailed by smaller BWO or midge pupa are standard fare for winter nymphers. The water is getting cold and the fish are taking light, so running a yarn indicator vs. the typical 3/4" Thingamabobber can yield a few more hook-ups. Streamer fishing has been a guide favorite over the last few weeks. Fishing a strip-retrieve out of the driftboat has been good, as has swinging flies on lightweight trout spey rods. Best bugs over the past week have been Dali Llamas in olive/white or olive/black, olive Sculpzillas, Moto Minnows in white/natural and hot bead buggers in olive or black. It looks like we may see a bump of water midweek, so if you can get out and fish in the next day, do it! It may be your last chance until after Thanksgiving!

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