Yakima River Rundown
Location: Lower Canyon
Weather: Partly Cloudy, highs in the 70s and 80s, storm systems moving through
River Conditions: ~160000 cfs @ Umtanum 4-5 feet visibility, upper 50s to lower 60s for water temp. Find river flows HERE.
Hot Flies: Orange Chubby Chernobyl (#6-12), Gold Lightning Bug (#12-16), Coffee Pat's (#6-8), Waltz Worm Caddis Nymph (#12-14), Orange Gypsy King (#8-12), Wybie Hares Ear (#14-16), BWO Nymphs (#14-18)
Bug Scene: Stones, BWOs and starting October Caddis
We've been seeing some Stoneflies popping off lately in the afternoons. There have been a lot of shucks along the banks as these insects are starting to slow down for the summer. BWOs have been hatching on and off throughout the day and fish have been looking for nymphs. October Caddis nymphs have been working their way to the banks and should be hatching soon. Some folks say they're starting to see a few flying around...
There have been some crawdads and sculpins moving up shallow in numbers. If you’re interested in swinging streamers, this is the time of year to fish ‘em!
Fishing Forecast: Fish The New Flows
And just like that we're in our fall flows! As of this post, we're looking at 1600 cfs at Umtanum. Things are cooling down and fish are starting to put on the feed bags for winter. The next couple months will provide the best walk-and-wade opportunities all year.
A change in flow means a change in fishing. Look for fish to be holding in deeper water where they can find cover and food. Shallow banks and gravel bars won't hold fish like they did when flows were higher and heavier. Some areas you fished this summer may even be above the surface! Drop offs, deep water with structure and the middle of the river will be likely holding areas this time of year.
Chubby Chernobyls in Orange or Purple (#6-12) will imitate the remaining Stoneflies that are hatching and October Caddis early in their hatch. Gypsy Kings in Orange (#8-12) and Orange Stimulators (#8-12) will be better patterns later in the hatch when fish begin to get picky. Fish these close to shore where there's depth and along current seams or structure. You can drop a Wybie Hares Ear (#14-16) or a Coffee Pat's Stonefly (#8-10) three-to-four feet off the back to fish subsurface.
Nymphing will also be productive right now. Setting an indicator three-to-four feet above a weight will get you down to depth. A Coffee Pat’s (#8-10) trailed by a Wybie Hares Ear (#14-16) or an Orange Waltz Worm (#12-14) is great setup. This will cover all the insects hatching - or getting ready to hatch - this time of year. Fish these deep, focusing on the edge of structure and drop-offs.