Yakima River Rundown
Location: Lower Canyon
Weather: Sunny, highs in the 70s, slight breeze
River Conditions: ~3500 cfs @ Umtanum 4-5 feet visibility, mid-upper 50s for water temp. Find river flows HERE.
Hot Flies: Elk Hair Caddis (#12-16), La Fontaine Sparkle Pupa (#16), Purple Chubby Chernobyl (#6), PT Cripple (#16), PMX (#6-12), Blue or Gold Lightning Bug (#12-16), Coffee Pat's (#6), CDC Caddis Nymph (#14-16)
Bug Scene: A Buffet of Food
There are a TON of insects hatching right now. We're starting to see a few Drakes and Summer Stones hatching late in the morning. There are some Caddis and Baetis hatching throughout the day, with the Caddis hatch getting heavy around 8 p.m. PMDs start hatching midday, and the fish are really keying in on emergers as they make their way to the surface. We're also seeing some hoppers kicking around near the edges of the bank.
Fishing Forecast: Start Early or Start Late
Fish have a lot of food to choose from right now. Caddis, Stones and PMDs have been the insects we've been trying to imitate the most. These insects start hatching at various times and fish have been keying in on different life stages at different times of the day.
Nymphing will be your best bet in the mornings. With higher flows, we've been focusing on fishing calm water near the bank and in deeper holes with slower water. Fish will be holding tight to structure or near current seams. Fishing 5-6 feet below an indicator will get you down to the right depth most of the time. If you can fish three flies effectively, you'll be able to cover those three insects - Caddis, Stones and PMDs - at once. A Coffee Pat's Stone (#6) is a great point fly, and can be trailed by a CDC or Soft Hackle Caddis (#14-16) and a Gold or Blue Lightning Bug (#14-18).
Stones and Drakes will be popping off midmorning and continue throughout the day. Fish are just starting to look up for them, so you might be able to get something to rise to a larger fly on top. Fish earlier in the day will be a bit more timid, and you may only get splashy refusals. Try fishing a Chubby Chernobyl (#6-10) in purple or a PMX (#6-10) in royal or peacock and focus on calm pockets near grassy banks. Fish are still looking up for caddis and you may be able to find risers as early as noon. The hatch will ramp up around 7 or 8 p.m. and continue until dark. Fishing an Elk Hair Caddis (#14-18) in tan or olive trailed by a LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa (#14-18) in tan or yellow can be productive. Fish tight to banks and anchor up when you find risers.
Cedar river fishing report
Fishing has been consistent lately on the Cedar. Stimulators have been bringing fish to the surface throughout the day, with more insects hatching and fish coming to the surface at sunset. Copper Johns and Frenchies have been great nymph patterns to fish when the surface action slows down.