Yakima River Fly Fishing Report

It's December and starting to feel like it, with the first snow of the season falling here in the valley. Winter fishing is in full swing, so dress warm, bring that thermos full of coffee, and focus on fishing the warmer afternoon hours when the fish will be most active (12 pm-4 pm). Nymphing will be far and away the most productive method during the winter months, with Pat's Stones trailed by either a San Juan Worm in pink or red or small stuff like Brassies, WD-40's and PTs in the #18-20 range. Streamer fishing from the bank or boat will still remain a solid option, although a slow retrieve and smaller, subtler patterns will catch more fish when this time of year. a #8-10 olive Slumpbuster is a guide favorite for stripping from the boat or swinging on a lightweight trout spey. However you choose to fish, stay warm and enjoy the quiet season on the Yak!