The Yakima is in shape from top to bottom and fishing well overall. Depending on what section you are fishing, you may encounter hatches of Golden stoneflies, caddis, PMD mayflies, and green drakes.
The river above the diversion dam has been better for dry-fly fishing during the afternoon and evening hours, with golden stones and PMDs getting the fish looking up.
In the farmlands and canyon, nymphing stonefly nymphs, YB hare's ears, gold lightning bugs, and caddis pupa has been the best way to put fish in the net during the day, with fish looking up for caddis during the last hour of light.
The river is much lower than normal for this time of year, so the fish are not as tight to the banks like in typical summer flows. Look for more and more dry-fly fishing as summer rolls along, and don't forget that many of our smaller streams are open and perfect for some early summer wet-wading!