Yakima River River Winter Fishing Report: January 9th, 2017

Not a whole lot of new info to report here on the Yakima. The fishing did pick up over the weekend with the slightly warmer weather we hasd. The usual winter suspects produced both nymphing and streamer fishing, although nymphing was definitely more productive throughout the day. Pat's in coffee/black, pink San Juans and #18-20 PTs, Lightning Bugs and WD-40s all put fish in the net for those fishing nymph rigs. With the colder water temps of winter, try fishing yarn instead of the standard 3/4" Thingamambobber, it is much more sensitive and will help with those light takes on small flies. Fishing has still not been red-hot for streamer fishermen, but there are some nice fish to be had for those willing to put in the time. What you may miss in quantity is usually made up for in quality, and there is nothing like a solid streamer grab to help you forget about your frozen extremities! Dolly Llamas and Sculpzillas in olive or olive./white are pretty tough to beat this time of year whether swung or stripped from the boat, just think low and slow with your retrieve speed when the water is this cold. It looks like we may see a bump in flows coming this weekend, so keep an eye on the graphs if you plan on getting out in the next few days.

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