Yakima RIver Rundown
Location: Upper River
Weather: Highs in the 80s and90s, sunny with wind on and off
River Conditions: ~3300 cfs @ Umtanum, 4-5 foot visibility, water temps in mid and upper 60s. Find current river flows HERE.
Hot Flies: Wybie Hares Ear (#14-16), Coffee Pats Stone (#6-8), Peach Chubby Chernobyl (#6-10), Gold Lightning Bug (#14-16), Purple Chubby Chernobyl (#6-10), Frenchie (#12-14)
BUg Scene: Hoppers, stones, PMDs… and Soon October Caddis!
We’re still seeing grasshoppers on the banks. Summer Stones are also hatching and we’ve been seeing a few flying around. Nymphs are still active on the bottom of the river and fish are looking to pick off these meaty critters on their way to the bank to hatch. PMDs and Yellow Sallies are popping off too, making any gold or yellow nymph very effective right now. There are more and more October Caddis nymphs crawling along the bottom and they should start popping off in the next few weeks.
Fishing Forecast: Dry-Dropper and deep nymph rigs
We have been starting early in the mornings to avoid the high water temperatures throughout the river. This is a great time to fish large dries on the surface, when the shadows are still on the water and fish are feeling a bit less picky. Fishing a large Purple or Peach Chubby Chernobyl (#6-8) and dropping a Coffee Pat’s Stone (#6-8) 2-3 feet off the back can be effective when fished close to structure and tight to the bank. If the Pat’s isn’t working, try fishing something smaller like a Wybie Hare’s Ear (#14-16) or a Frenchie (#12-14) with a tungsten head. Look for shallow drop-offs and structure near the bank. Tailouts and shallow runs have also been fishing well. If you are really daring, fish a Pat’s 2-3 feet behind the dry and a smaller tungsten bug another foot behind that! This can really get your flies deep and give the fish multiple options in the drift.
If the fish just don’t seem to be feeding close to the bank (or the wind makes a dry-dropper impossible to cast), it’s time to switch to the nymph rig. Dropping a weight 3-4 feet below an indicator will really get your flies down to the level fish are hanging in. A Coffee Pat’s (#6-8) fished 12-16" inches behind the weight and trailed by a Gold Lightning Bug (#14-16) or a Frenchie (#12-14) has been great for fishing deep runs. Look for heavy water in the middle of the river, where there is some sort of structure. Ledges dropping down into deep, turquoise water are holding fish right now as well.
Naches River Fishing Report
The Naches River is currently low and very fishable. If you’re interested in doing some walk and wading now is your chance to take advantage of this small water! Fish have been holding in heavier water where there’s more cover from predators and available oxygen. Fishing the immediate change in depth on drop-offs has been productive. If there is depth and current, there’s a high chance that something might be holding in that water. Most pullouts along State Route 410 will lead you to good water and if you are willing to burn a little boot leather, there is some untouched water to be found.
A Dry-Dropper rig right now is perfect for this river. Feisty cutthroats and rainbows make fishing big dries exciting. Purple and Peach Chubbies (#6-8) and Foam Hoppers (#4-8) have been great dries to throw. Dropping a small nymph like a Wybie Hare’s Ear (#14-16) or a Psycho Prince (#14-16) off the back is effective. Expect some October Caddis to be hatching soon, as there are a lot crawling along the bottom right now.