What’s that strange yellow orb in the sky? Oh yeah, that’s the sun!
Warm temperatures this week have bumped flows on the Yakima River. Blue skies and sunshine have provided a nice change from the gloomy-cold weather we’ve been experiencing, but it does shake things up for the fishing.
The best time to hit this current change in flow will be on the drop. That drop looks like it may be happening this weekend with daytime temperatures in the upper-30s and lower-40s. Nighttime temps look to be holding around that freezing mark so take your time getting to the water. Those fish move just as slow as you do in the mornings!
Flies to fish the drop
Fish will be put-off by a rise in flows. Your best bet is to fish the river when it’s dropping and fish begin to move back to where they’ve been holding.
Pat’s Rubberlegs (#6-12) in coffee will be on the menu, as well as midge patterns (#14-20) like Zebra Midges and RS2s in black and brown. This weekend’s special looks like it might be San Juan Worms and Squirmy Wormies in pink and red. High water flushes out worms from the banks and fish key in on the sudden abundance of squiggly-critters in the water.
how to fish the drop
Nymphing is probably going to be your best bet this weekend. Fish will be holding in deep, slow-moving water. Focus on current seams and drop-offs that provide cover and food for the fish. Fish are schooled together this time of year so where you catch one, there’s likely to be more!
A heavy Pat’s stone followed by a worm will be a great searching nymph rig. Try adding split shot or weight to your leader system to achieve depth and stay in the fish’s zone longer. Light indicators will help you detect bites this time of year, so if you can get away with using one, put it on!