The Yakima River is currently in great shape to fish. And fish it has! For the past couple weeks the conditions have been very good for January. But that might not be the case for this coming weekend. The river looks like it might blowout with snowmelt and precipitation. Predictions are subject to change, though, and sometimes they're compltely wrong. Take a look at those gauges before making the trip over so you don't end up looking at a river of choclate milk!
Here is the link we use to check the current cfs (cubic feet per second) of the river:
This is the current status of the river at the Umtanum Launch in the Lower Canyon, taken from the website above.
Yakima River Forecast:
If the river stays in shape, the fishing should stay consistent. Nymphing has been the name of the game recently, with fish keying in on Pat’s Stones (#6-12) in coffee or black and small nymphs like chironomids (#14-20) in black. Small midge and mayfly patterns like RS2s (#14-20) in darker colors have also been working well. San Juan Worms and Squirmy Worms have been productive at times, and you should have a few different colors when you hit the water. Pink, red, and pink/red are our top colors!
Look for fish to be holding in walking pace water and slower. Fish are schooled up right now, so when you find a fish, stay there and fish a while. There might be more with him!
Rocky Ford Creek Forecast:
If the river does rise as currently predicted, you can make the hour trek from the Yakima River over to Rocky Ford Spring Creek and get your weekend fix. The fishing has been great, with fish keying in on scuds (#14-18) in orange, tan, pink and gray. Small midge patterns (#14-22) in red and black have also tricked some of these cunning trout to the net. Small streamers stripped fast on a sink-tip or sinking poly leader can be productive when the fish get tight lipped. Try Woolly Buggers and Sparkle Minnows (#8-12) in white, olive and black. Hold on because these can produce some insane takes! Watch for sporadic midge and mayfly hatches during good weather.
If you get there and see a lot of cars in one of the three parking lots along the creek, don’t fret! You can walk away from the crowds and get into some responsive fish. Be creative and if something isn’t working, change it up!