It looks like a few days of mild weather in the forecast for Eastern Washington. Our two winter fisheries, the Yakima River and Rocky Ford Creek, have been fishing well and this weekend should provide a great opportunity for anglers to get outside. It's going to be a bit chilly, but it's nothing a few layers can't handle! Unless you were the person out fishing Rocky Ford last weekend in shorts...
Good luck on the water this weekend and stay warm! There is good winter fishing to be had right now and this is the time to capitalize on it!
Yakima River Forecast:
If you're headed out to fish the Yakima this weekend, make sure to bring a box full of worm patterns. San Juans and Squirmy Wormys in pink, red, brown and chartreuse have been working well. You can fish a worm behind a Pat's Stone (#8-12) in coffee or black, or just by themselves. When the worm bite is on, fishing two worms at once can really brighten up a gray winter day! If worms just aren't producing well, try some smaller nymphs like Sexy Waltz Worms (#12-14) and small BWO patterns (#14-20).
Rocky Ford Creek Forecast:
If you're interested in fishing Rocky Ford, don't expect to have the creek to yourself. Good weather and a lack of productive fisheries this time of year attract a lot of anglers to The Ford.
But don't let that keep you from making a trip out there!
You can get away from the crowds if you are willing to hike around a little bit and find some unbothered trout. Several subsurface patterns that have been successful lately include: scuds (#14-18) in orange, olive, and pink, chironomids (#14-22) in black, green, and red, and smaller streamers like woolly buggers and sparkle minnows (#8-12) in olive and white. Also keep an eye out for fish rising to midge and mayfly hatches during warmer periods of the day. These can be easily mimicked with a Parachute Adams (#14-22) in brown, black, and white. Pay close attention, as some of these fish may actually be taking emergers just below the surface. If a fly isn't working after a while, don't be afraid to switch flies or move to another location on the creek.