The Yakima River has provided some awesome fishing the last several days. Ellensburg hasn't seen much sunshine lately, but that doesn't mean the fishing has slowed down at all! Winter fishing is ON.
The forecast calls for precipitation this week, which may or may not bump up the flows. Mornings have been cold and frosty with daytime temperatures getting into the high 30s and low 40s. Fog hangs in the canyon late into the day and keeps the days short and gray. Neoprene waders are a welcome friend and keep you fishing longer this time of year.
As of right now, the river is low and clear. Fish are concentrated in certain areas, so when you do find fish, stay and fish a while. Look for seams where two currents meet. Fish don't want to work any harder than they have to, so look for them to occupy walking pace water and on the edges of slow eddies. Fishing the foam line is a good idea, as this indicates slow current speeds.
Trout and the occasional whitefish have been eating a variety of nymphs and worms. Our staple Pat's Stone (#6-12) in coffee has been consistently putting fish in the net. Small midge patterns like Zebra Midges (#14-20) and RS2s (#14-20) in black have served as great trailing patterns when nymphing multiple flies. San Juan Worms (#10-12) in pink and red have also been picking up a few fish here and there. Set your flies deep and watch for VERY subtle takes. A slight twitch from your indicator may mean a fish has just sucked in your fly!