Yakima River Fishing Report: February 16th, 2018

Things are looking pretty dang good here on the Yakima, as long as you don't count the stiff wind that has blowing all day! As far as flows go, this is the best shape we've seen the Yakima in for a few weeks. The river in the farmlands is running just north of 1600 cfs with 3+ feet of visibility, and a slight "steelhead-green" tinge to it. Fishing has been improving throughout the week, and nymphing the tried and true Pat's Stone trailed by a pink San Juan worm has been the go-to for putting fish in the net. Streamer fishing has not been incredible lately, but that could change as the weather starts to warm back up again. If you just gotta chuck the meat, flashy streamers like Sparkle Minnows and Montana Intruders have been the best bet for those looking for a tight line grab. It looks like we may see a bump in flows starting sometime tomorrow, but it is this author's opinion that fishing will probably be just fine tomorrow, with Sunday being more of a wait-and-see proposition. In short, if you can get on the water tomorrow, do it, it may be your last chance for a few days!

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