Here we are a week away from Christmas, and although the calendar reads December 17, it feels more like early November here in Central Washington. Although it is easy to start talking doom and gloom about snowpack for the coming year, we are choosing to be optimistic here at Ellensburg Angler, and while we will be doing our snow dances from now until the beginning of Skwala season, we will also be taking advantage of the conditions and hitting the water a lot this winter. Some things you can control, and some things you can't. But you can always go fishing!
If you're holiday plans include getting out on the Yakima, keep a close eye on the gauges this week. We are forecasted to receive a pretty significant bump in flows starting tomorrow, due to rain falling on the east slope of the Cascades. If the Yak does blow out, Rocky Ford will be your best option for fishable water and (hopefully) a few willing participants. Scuds, midge pupa, and egg and worm patterns have been productive on the Ford, with a few fish willing to chase streamers on cloudy days. An olive/white Dali Llama is a guide favorite, but a variety of streamer patterns will take fish, so don't be afraid to switch patterns and/or profiles if you aren't getting chases.
We hope you have a safe and fun holiday season with friends and family. We will be spending time with loved ones, eating good food, drinking cheap beer, and maybe even sneaking out for a fishing session or two. Cheers!