Yakima River Winter Fishing Report

After a cold start to the week, things have warmed up (slightly) here in the Kittitas Valley today. Fishing has been off and on, with the warmer days fishing better than the colder ones..as is to be expected. The water is low and there are plenty of techniques picking up fish right now. Nymphing the good ol' Pat's/beadhead combo has been solid, especially when focusing on the softer, deeper tanks and buckets. Streamer fishing has been accounting for some big fish in the net, with white and olive being the go-to colors over the past few days. Things have started to slow down on the surface, although there have been a handful of Blue-Wings around and a handful of fish feeding if you look hard enough. Swinging soft hackles has also been a good way to pick up some fish, especially in the shallower pocket water. Todd has been having success on this technique, fishing long leaders and softies from #18 all the way up to a gargantuan #14! Partridge and orange, partridge and peacock, and smaller BWO-ish patterns have all been producing on the soft-hackle swing.