Yakima River and Rocky Ford Fly Fishing Report

Yakima River:

It's been a chilly weekend here in the valley, but the Yak has been fishing well, with fish being caught with consistency on both nymph rigs and streamers. Olive Pat's Stones in #10 have been really getting some love in the canyon lately, which means the Skwala nymphs are working their way towards the banks in preparation of hatching into adult soneflies. Our guides are busy tying Chubbies and Skwalameisters in anticipation of the dry-fly fishing that will be popping soon! For now, stick with a brace of nymps or a slow-stripped Sculpzilla in the slow, deep tanks and buckets, and keep an eye on the bankside brush for those awesome little olive stones!

Rocky Ford:

We had some guides out on Rocky Ford this weekend, and it sounds like it was MEGA crowded. Ofentimes the key to success at Rocky Ford is being able to move around and find actively feeding fish. When there are 30-40 people in a relatively small area, this can be hard to do, and the fishing was not "red hot". That being said, if you can get out to this great littl spring creek midweek, you should find some fish dead-drifting scuds, midge pupa, and worm and egg patterns, as well as stripping buggers and bunny leeches. Cloudy days will also provide some dry-fly fishing opportunity, so make sure to carry some smaller (#18-20) parachute BWO and midge patterns, as well as emergers like a Smokejumper's and CDC RS-2s in similar sizes.