Yakima River Fishing Report: March 12th, 2018

The fishing over the weekend was solid...not red hot, but consistent enough to expect to find some quality fish every day. The dry-fly fishing has continued to heat up, although the amount of success you have on the Skwala dry can be very dependent on the stretch of river you are fishing. Overall, the canyon has had a better dry fly bite, with the farmlands and upper river playing a little more inconsistent.

Low-profile bugs are still your best bet, with the Skwalameister and Bullet Head Skwala in #10-12 accounting for a number of fish. Before the topwater action gets going, a nymph rig consisting of a #8-10 Pat's trailed by a San Juan in pink or red has been picking up fish in the walking speed buckets and runs.

In the streamer department, smaller olive or black sculpin imitations like Sculpzillas and Near Nuffs have been producing, although with the Skwala hatch getting going our attention has turned from the streamer somewhat.

It looks like we have warmer weather on the way, so now's the time to get out and enjoy early spring fishing on the state's only blue-ribbon trout stream!

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