Yakima River Winter Fishing Report: January 26th, 2018

It's feeling a lot like March here on the Yakima River, and the warmer-than-average weather has our guides chomping at the bit to get out on the water. We've had a few guests taking advantage of our Winter Guide Trip Special and they have been rewarded for their efforts with some nice winter-time rainbows and cutties. Nymphing a Pat's trailed by a pink worm or small Copper John has been the best way to put fish in the net, and that should continue through next month. We are seeing more and more fish eating the stonefly nymph, which tells us that the Skwalas are starting to move around. A good sign!! There have been some nice fish eating streamers as well, with Sparkle Minnows and Dolly Llamas being the guide-favorite patterns this week. It looks like we may see a bump in flows after the weekend, so if you can get out and fish over the next few days, do it!

Also, we are once again offering our Skwala Special Guide Trip, which begins March 1st. The Skwala Special includes 5 hours of guided fishing, a BBQ riverside lunch, and all tackle you may need for only $149 per person (based on double occupancy). Skwala Stoneflies offer anglers their first legitimate hatch of the year, with big pre-spawn rainbows looking for a meal on the surface. Call the shop at (509) 607-1804 or send us an email at info@ellensburgangler.com to book your spot!