We hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July spent with family and friends. Lots of BBQing, drinking beer and fishing for our guide staff, with plenty of excitement about the summer fishing to come. It looks like we are going to finally start seeing some warmer weather around here, and with the full moon cycle over with for awhile, the fishing in the mornings and the evenings should start to become more consistent. Granted, the dry-fly bite was pretty good overall for most of June, but less wind and warmer temps will be welcomed by both bugs and anglers.
Shallow nymphing and dry-dropper fishing has been improving with a recent bump in flows, which has pushed the fish nearer the banks and out of the deeper mid-river buckets and slots. Lightning Bugs, Hare's Ear variants, Psycho Princes, and Pat's Rubberlegs fished under an indicator a chubby should get plenty of attentio midday. In the mornings and evenings, stoneflies and caddis are still ruling the show. Now that the fish have seen a steady stream of purple Chubbies, mixing up your pattern to something a little more subtle can payoff. Clodhoppers, Half Chernobyls, PMXs, and Stimis in #10-12 are all great options and dropping an elk hair caddis or CDC emerger off the back of your big dry can pick off some of those fish looking for caddis.
With all of the fun fishing happening on the Yakima, don't forget about some of our smaller tributary streams! The Naches will be dropping into wadeable shape here in the next week or two, along with many other tributary streams and creeks that have already been fishing well. No need to get super techy on small water, just a samll box of dries, a spool of tippet and some floatant should be all you need! Wherever you fish, get out there and have fun! Summer fishing is upon us!