Yakima River Fishing Report: March 19th, 2018

Although tomorrow marks the first official day of spring, things have been feeling pretty spring-like for the past few weeks here in the Kittitas Valley. We are smack dab in the middle of the Skwala stonefly hatch, and with warm, sunny weather today there were stoneflies, caddis and even a few random mayflies hanging around the river.

The dry-fly fishing has been hit-or-miss, or, as one of our guides likes to put it, consistently inconsistent. With lots of bright, sunny days, finding shady banks has been key to getting looks on top. We are to the point in the hatch where the fish have seen a few flies, so takes have been soft and subtle, and you should match your bugs accordingly. Smaller patterns are really starting to shine, think #10-12 with a low profile. Bulletheads and parachute patterns like Skwalameisters are picking up fish, but don't expect them to be jumping in the net left and right. Put in the time, focus on good casts and long, drag-free drifts in the soft water, and you should find a few willing dry-fly eaters.

Early in the day, nymphing has been productive with Pat's, San Juans, CDC Pheasant Tails and YB Hare's Ears. It looks like we have wetter days in the forecast, so keep an eye out for BWO hathes mid-afternoon in addition to Skwala stones. There's lots to be excited about on the Yakima this time of year, we hope to see you out on the water enjoying this spring's fishing!

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