Location: Upper River
Weather: Rainy and cloudy with wind, partly cloudy later in the day. Mid 50s.
River Conditions: ~2600 cfs @ Umtanum, Upper River had good clarity (4+ feet of visibility) below the Cle Elum River. Click here for more information on flows.
Hot Flies: Chubby Chernobyls, YB Hare’s Ears, Jigged PT’s
Bug Scene: Stones and Salmonflies active subsurface, March Browns still active on top
There are still salmonflies popping off in the Upper River and fish are looking up for them. Your best bet is to focus on them subsurface, with large stonefly and salmonfly nymphs.
March Browns are still around in the system, often being surpassed by caddisflies in the Lower River.
Fishing forecast: fish subsurface in the mornings, switch to dries later
The fish are keying in on insects subsurface in the mornings and transition to eating emergers and adults later in the day as the insects move towards the surface and hatch. Fishing a nymph rig with a Pat’s (#8-12) in coffee trailed by a Pheasant Tail (#12-18) has been working well. If you start seeing a few big “bugs” on top and you want to throw a dry, consider using a dry-dropper setup. A Chubby Chernobyl (#6-10) in purple, orange or tan works as a good point fly with a YB Hares Ear (#14-18) or a Jigged PT (#12-18) as a dropper.
The March Browns are still popping off in the afternoons. In the Upper River the March Browns seem to be more prominent, with more caddis coming off in the evenings in the Lower River. We are seeing some awesome dry fly fishing right now with these two insects.