Sorry for the delay in reports recently, we have been gearing up for outdoor shows, preparing for the upcoming guide season (it's almost here) and, finally, we have been able to get out on the Yakima and actually do some fishing! Due to the warming trend we have seen over the past ten days, we have seen the ice that has gripped a large portion of the river from the canyon upstream begin to break up. This has made both floating and wade fishing a much easier task, and the water temps have warmed up enough to kick-start some feeding activity, although it is still a sub-surface game. Nymphing the always reliable Pat's Stone trailed by a pink San Juan worm or #18 Zebra Midge in black or red is the best way to put fish in the net, and that trend will most likely contine through the end of February, when the Skwalas start to move around in a big way. Fishing swung streamers on a lightweight trout-spey is another option, although usually less productive than nymphing, and a small Sculpzilla in olive or black is a great pattern to swing through those slow, deep buckets.
Besides doing some winter fishing, we will also be at the Puyallup Sportsman's Show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds this week from January 25th-29th. The crew at Oris Bellevue has discounted ticket coupons, so swing by and see them before you head our way. If you can't make it to the show, make sure keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates from the show. We hope to see you this week!