Yakima River Winter Fishing Report

We had about 4 inches of snow fall here in Eburg over the weekend, although the majority of it has melted by now. An early start to winter this year. Fishing has been good for those willing to brave the conditions. It's a nymphing and streamer fishing game right now, although a cloudy day might produce enough of a BWO hatch to get fish looking up. A #8-10 Pat's Stone in orange or brown trailed by a BWO or midge pupa has been hard to beat. Some guide favorite small bugs have been #18 WD-40s in black or olive, #18 purple Lightning Bugs, and Rich has been rocking fish on a #16 jigged CDC Pheasant Tail. Streamer anglers have been fishing swinging and stripping their flies and finding success on both techniques. Moto Minnows, Sculpzillas, Dali Llamas and your favorite sculpin pattern should produce. Getting color and retrieve speed right often trumps pattern, at least in this writers humble opinion. Winter fishing is here, get some!