The Skwala Stonefly is one of the most anticipated hatches of the year on Western waters. Perhaps it’s due to the hibernation us anglers find ourselves coming out of... Or maybe the fact that the fish are enjoying the warmer water temps and are apt to eat large dry flies and nymphs. As the day’s grow longer and we start to leave the wool socks at home, we can’t help but feel that the dry fly season on the Yakima River is almost upon us!
The river has been fishing well lately between storms. Low, clear flows have the fish looking for deeper troughs and areas of walking speed water that butt up against faster currents. As water temps begin to climb in the afternoons, Skwalas will begin moving along the bottom of the river. A Pat’s Stonefly (#8-12) in olive or coffee fished deep under an indicator should work well. Midges will still be present in the system, so don’t forget to bring along some WD40s (#14-20) and Zebra Midges (#14-20) in black, olive, and red to use as a trailer behind a Pat’s. March Brown Mayflies will be the next major hatch on the Yakima, so Pheasant Tails and Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ears (#12-16) will imitate those nymphs well.
Here is a link to an article written by Mike Canady on some of our favorite patterns to “match the hatch” during Skwala Season. Stock up now and get ready for the dry fly action we’ve been missing since October!
Ellensburg Angler is running a couple different specials this spring that coincide with the Skwala hatch. For more information, check out our Seasonal Specials page and book your trip today!