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-Fly Fishing Reports for 2001 for destinations throughout Washington State, focused mostly on our main attraction, the Yakima River.

December 15th, 2001

-Fished today with a good friend, Skip(expert angler, rod builder, fly tyer, previous fly shop owner and all around good person), look to the website for a link to fly fishing classes that Skip will help me teach.  Today we fought the snow storm and were rewarded with a fat streamer eating yak bow.  The river is up from warm temperatures on Friday and fishing was tough, it'll stabilize soon.  Keep close to the hydrographs and tie some dry midges, B.H. P.T.'s, brassie's, big stone nymphs, and conehead streamers, or give Jim a call at www.hillsdiscountflies.com, he'll hook you up.  We're off to Texas for some sun and fun in the Gulf, I'll upload a report about the redfishing, Merry Christmas.

December 6th, 2001

-Hooked some trout on tiny midge dries the other day and nymphed em too.  I found this tiny (size 24) crippled midge that's a phenomenal pattern.  The presentation in the clear water winter months is the secret when fishing the tiny dries, long leaders, tiny tippet (6X, 7X) and soft hook sets.  It's a trip to hook em with the tiny bugs, but it's a kick in the pants, let's go fishing.  Winter "Die Hards" come out of the house and we'll go throw some streamers, nymphs and tiny dries.  Take me up on my 15% discount for December and January.  

November 29th, 2001

-Went after some Steelhead down in Oregon over the break and can't get the beasts off my mind, this week I'm hitting the Skykomish.  Winter is here and snow is everywhere, nearly a foot in the Kittitas Valley, the river is prime for winter midging and streamers (my fave).  I'll have an update as soon as I can shake this steelhead bug, the sting is strong.  Now is also the time to book your dates for next season and for you die hards, let's go fishing, it's not cold!  

November 19th, 2001

-Guided a full day float trip on Saturday and despite the high waters due to our big time rain and snow melt, had an incredible day.  We caught some hoggs on Streamers, hooked a few throwing nymphs, and got into some really good tiny dry fly action in the Afternoon.  Midges and Blue wings are being slurped, but it takes an expert presentation.  Have a good turkey day and tell all your friends about www.dreamflyfishing.com  Let's go fishing.

November 12th, 2001

-Veterans day is a good time to remember those who've served our country.  I did so fishing, "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas", it's cold and the midges are being keyed in on more and more everyday.  Today I got a hogg, one of those fish that looked like they're from a fly rod add, fat and healthy with the colors of a champ, let's go fishing.  If it could warm up a bit I'd bet we'd see a few more baetis.

November 10th, 2001

-Guided a full day trip on the YAK today and we had a ball in the cold.  It's cool outside winter is very near, but the trouts are still fairly cooperative.  We fooled em with streamers fished on the move in the boat as well as wading and swinging through the riffles.  Nymphing with tandem rigs also produced well, while the dry hatches seemed a bit sparce today.  Fathers who bring their sons on trips are super, Brett count it a blessing.

November 9th, 2001

-Had the pleasure of fishing with my "fly guy" (fly distributor), he taught me a thing or two about tiny nymph presentations.  If that strike indicator darts at all it's most likely a light take.

November 8th, 2001

-Slow your presentations of the tiny bugs down.  Each cast with a tiny baetis or midge needs a dead drift and proper/perfect presentation, try a pile cast.  Baetis are still our predominant mayfly hatch, but soon the midges will be the predominant dry hatch.  Yesterday the hatch almost stumped us, we kept waiting for the emergence of the baetis but notta.  If the tiny dries are not out in numbers, swing a bugger through the shallow riffles or fish a tandem nymph rig shallow or go for the gusto and sink em deep.  The new site www.dreamflyfishing.com will be up this evening so check it out and let's go fishing.

November 5th, 2001

-Fished prehatch and posthatch the other day and caught a bunch of bows and a big olle cut-bow. My good friend brought in a dandy 20 incher.  We focused our attention below riffles and waited for the baetis to come off(12pm-2pm).  The Yakima trout are slurping.  Patterns to use: Hi ViZ Parachute BWO, Sparkle Dun(Sizes 18-22), be creative and tie some up, give the fish a different pattern they haven't seen before.  We're excited to announce our new website at www.dreamflyfishing.com, check it out. 

November 1st, 2001

-Fall is Prime, all the Time!

October 27th, 2001

-This was a special day that will go down in history, as one of my proudest moments.  I fished with my wife today for several hours in the cold, and she caught as many fish as I without hardly any help from her overzealous bossy husband.  She yells "Honey I got one" as I'm trying to figure out why my tiny baetis were being ignored.  What a day!

October 26th, 2001

-I took the day off I was handed and turned it into a ball of a time on the river.  Landed a ton of fish throwing streamer, nymphs and dries.  The baetis were on time from 1 to 3pm and later in the evening I pulled 3 over 16, two being over 18 inches out of a riffle.  Good times!

October 24th, 2001

-Today was a special day.  I took my son on our first daddy/baby fishing trip.  We fished a couple of different holes down in the Yakima Canyon and caught some fish swinging buggers and casting to the baetis sippers.  The highlight was seeing the little kid laugh and giggle at his daddy's overzealous infatuation with fly fishing.  We fished bamboo today, soon we'll have baby Dean out there throwing those slow beauties.  

October 22nd, 2001

-Not the best day to teach 2 young anglers how to cast, windy and cold.  Caught some fish though, the river has doubled it's very low velocity, rising from around 500cfs to nearly 1000cfs.  This is a good thing and hopefully it will level out and remain a tad higher than the unusually low base flow of a few weeks ago.

October 20th, 2001

-The YAK is prime for fall.  Today the baetis hatch was long and the fish were on em.  My client caught and released the pig of the day pre hatch swinging a nymph(20 incher).  For those who can manage the colder temperatures fall is awesome.  I love the streamer and tiny dry fly action, there's still even some big dry twitching action(October Caddis) to be had, but not for long.  Give us a try and let's fish the YAK, I've got dates open for fall and early winter.

October 19th, 2001

-Guided a full day float down the YAK and we caught a lot of fish throwing tandem nymph rigs, streamers, small dries and big dry dropper set ups.  The fish are concentrated near the riffles.  The dry fly action was pretty good, Caddis in the 16 range and baetis in the 20 to 22 range.  Decent numbers of fish with a few running a little bigger.

October 18th, 2001

-Howdy, I've been all consumed by this quarters college load, it's eating me up.  I caught a big fish the other day at the Lenice, Merry Nunnally desert lake chain, it was a HOGG, almost as big as baby Dean(my son), keep posted to the baby page to see a photo.  We'll have some more reports on the YAK real soon, Guaranteed.  Thanks and keep posted.

October 8th, 2001

-A cold front came through and the fish were a little testy.  Guided a full day float and landed some nice fish.  One nice 15/16 incher and a bunch in the 10 to 12 inch range.  My clients turned a tough day fishing into a good time on the water with fair success, considering.  Today I was taught another lesson in bad river manners, drift boaters please don't lift anchor every time another boat comes down the river and shoot in front of them thinking, "I got to beat em to my spot, they're gonna steal it".

October 5th, 2001

-Baetis in the 18-22 range, around 1ish to 3ish, I'd recommend finding some groups of feeders and going through your box until you find out what they're taking.  Small tippets and small flies, it's a dead drift that will get em.  Caught some nice fish today and broke 5 or 6 off on 6x flourocarbon.

October 3rd, 2001

-I went out for a couple of hours and have some observations to share.  The cooler nights will produce the best am and pm dry fly action in the next few weeks.  Later evening Caddis or PED fishing can pay off in your favorite tailouts.  Swinging a tiny mayfly nymph or soft hackle pre hatch can give you a jolt of excitement, especially through faster riffles.  And finally the big bugs, October Caddis are out laying there eggs in the evening and sputtering around mid day, throwing a big bug may pay off, twitch it a little and hold on.

September 29th, 2001

-The river is prime.  Nymphing in the early morning, and soft hackles in the current, buggers too.  Baetis and Caddis emerge starting around 10 or so, and if you can find a group of fish, there's plenty of rise forms to cast to.  If I had some spare time I'd concentrate on the 10am until 12pm rise, but I don't, so go catch em.  I spent some time wading the river after today's half day float, and was surprised at some of the boats that drifted right in front of me, actually right where I was casting.  Be polite and let's try to share the water we love.

September 28th, 2001

-O.K. Today was the best dry fly day I've seen.  I'd say it was pretty world class and I think Mr. Haralson(client) would say the same.  Fall hatches include Caddis, Baetis, PMD's, PED's, and Mahogonies.  Small tippet is necessary and an expert presentation is too.  The river is running very low, so if your floating plan on hitting rocks and anglers hold on, BANG, WHAM, SMACK, THUD, WOOOAAH!    

September 26th, 2001

-Today I started classes again at CWU, so I'm only offering guided trips on Fridays and Saturdays.  Keep coming back there will still be some good reports to read.  Also, keep in mind our private lake up near the Canadian border, we'll be booking fall trips to this incredible mountain getaway for October.  We're also being featured on "Northwest Outdoors" a T.V. show that is viewed by many, so we're pretty fired up about the growth of the business, thanks David.

September 21st, 2001

-Fall is a time when we need to master a ton of different techniques to fool the trouty's.    We had a fairly successful trip, with fish eating our tandem nymph rigs and our little dry mayflies.  The October Caddis weren't out in the numbers I was hoping for.  Breaks in weather patterns produce some good hatches and the fish seem to key in more on the surface.  Today we had a client catch the largest whitefish I have ever seen.

September 20th, 2001

-This was my first day back guiding the YAK in a week, and it was awesome.  Anglers don't have to fight the crowds of Idaho and Montana, they can come fish the YAK and have a ball.  We nymphed em and threw little and big dries.  Hey "Top Gun" and Dave let's do it again.

September 12th - 19th, 2001

-Oh what a trip to Idaho!  What do I do on Vacations?  Fish.  We floated the South Fork and the Henry's Fork of the Snake and had a ball tossing dries, nymphs, and streamers to the browns, bows and cutts.  We also hung out with the boys at Hyde Drift boats in Idaho Falls, if you want good service and a solid boat buy a HYDE.  We also hit the Madison and the Firehole too, good times and beautiful scenery.  

August 10th, 2001

-We spent much of the early part of the day throwing Nymphs and hooked some nice fish, also got into some big olle whitefish.  The highlight of the trip was an evening October Caddis eating 20 incher landed for a very happy client.

September 7th, 2001

-The River is lowering more everyday as the bureau of reclamation undergoes it's fall draw down on the water level of the upper YAK basin.  Fishing has been O.K., the trouty's are experiencing a little transition time, but they're still risers to be had.  It should be red hot, soon.  Yesterdays trip produced some nice fish and some good times, see you soon, Chris.

August 30th, 2001

-Yesterday I had a great time over at Nunally Lake.  It's a great destination for some big olle fish.  Damsels, buggers, scuds, and B.H. nymphs.  Good Luck.  The river is starting to lower, fall flip flop is just around the corner, waders look forward to the event while I and most drift boaters are a little sad that high water is almost gone for another year.

August 25th, 26th, and 27th

-We guided a weekend trip up to Grandma's Lake, a new private lake fishery we're starting to take people to.  It has a cabin on it's shores and is world class.  We must of caught 100 fish and some were in the 20in range.  We threw dries most of the time and had heart wrenching hits and long hard fights from these healthy BOWS.  The trip includes meals, a place to sleep and plenty of private lake fishing(NO CROWDS), just you and the deer.

August 17th - 24th, 2001

-This has been a busy time for our little guide service, we've been on the river nearly everyday, floating clients down some of the best big dry fly water around.  We've seen awesome days for dries and have seen good days, but no real bad ones.  The highlight of the last few days was seeing Joe land a 24in. BOW HOGG on a parachute dry stone pattern.  He nor I will ever forget that HOGG.

August 16th, 2001

-Guided a full day float down the YAK and we landed a ton of huge HOGGS on some secret hopper and dry stone patterns.  We also practiced our nymphing and streamer throwing ability in the riffles.  It was an exceptional summer time day.  The next month is prime big bug time.  My wife caters our meals and she is a pro, we eat like kings.

August 14th, 2001

-Had a great evening float in the Canyon with 2 anglers who had never fished a fly rod, they each caught fish, we nymphed the riffles, and threw the big dries and little caddis.  

August 13th, 2001

-Took a pro BASS angler and her pop down the river and we caught a ton of fish, laughed and got sun burned.  The food was good the fish were fairly cooperative and all is well in the YAK BASIN.  A little secret I picked up on that day was to have some little flying ants (size 18), there were some pods inhaling them.  Saw a rattler (be careful waders)

August 12th, 2001

-The river was up a bit from the day before, but the fish were still on the big dries despite the rise in velocity and the heat that's blanketed the valley.  My clients had a ball and I'd have to say I enjoyed floating with this father son duo a ton, let's do it again.  Caddis pods working at dusk, too.

August 11th, 2001

-Floated the river with the best client in the west, we had a ball catching the big bows tight to the bank on big hoppers and stones.  The trick is to be patient on these hopper attacking fish, often they try to boil the bug and sink it and than attack it, it's fun to watch and exciting to hook up with.  The next 4 to 5 weeks is hopper time, hurry and book a trip.

August 8th, & 10th, 2001

-Fished and snorkeled two local creeks and had a ton of fun fishing for the BOWS and than swimming with them, if you're reading this and it sounds fun we should go, just let me know.

August 6, 2001

-Floated the river real early in the morning and caught some dandies on the big dries.  We fished before the world woke up.  We saw some poachers, make sure to report em.  Try fishing the river at sun up and throw your favorite hopper or big stone.

August 4th, 2001

-Today we fished and snorkeled a little river close to Ellensburg, it was awesome.  Landed a ton of fish on little elk hairs and royal coachmans and than went back and snorkeled all the holes.  I highly recommend this to the avid angler, it really opens your eyes.

August 1st, 2001

-Had a day off and hit the river.  I've been busy guiding and that's awesome, but time on the water casting to the bank is very needed.  The hoppers on the banks are small, but huck your imitation tight to the bank and hold on.  Other Bugs: Caddis(later in the day), PED's(later in the day), PMD's(early in the afternoon), Baetis(nice emergence in the late afternoon, size 20), Hoppers and big Stones.  

July 31st, 2001

-Fished with 2 of the finest anglers on the river and was taught quite a lesson on throwing the big uglies tight to the bank.  We most of boated 4 over 17 and some other real fine bows.

July 28th, 2001

-The day the wind blew and we blew back and said, "where's the big fish".  My client had a blast and landed his largest BOW ever a 19 in. fatso.  Smashed a dry.  The company was awesome and the fishing was tough, but we prevailed.  

July 27th, 2001 

-Guided an evening float down the river.  The wind blew like crazy and the anglers of the boat became extreme fly fisherman, they casted like wild men and were rewarded with some healthy BOWS, not many big ones , but some BOWS nonetheless.  Fished on Top for the whole float.

July 25th, 2001  

-Today we learned the importance of staying hydrated.  Drink your H2O.  I had a great time today with a father son combination.  We hooked some big ones and had a ball on the water.  I hope you guys come back soon, we'll land the big one.  The fish were hot on the big dries and tandem nymph rigs also produced.

July 24th, 2001

-Spent the afternoon with 2 great young boys and their pop.  You kids have a cool dad.  We learned a ton on the river today and caught some fish too.  The wind blows in our valley, but just blow back and fish like a mad man.

July 23rd, 2001

-Guided a half day float that produced monster refusals from the big boys.  Landed a ton of fish, but only one of the COWS.  Caddis hot and heavy right at dark.  Remember to throw high visibility dries at dusk.  My clients camped the next night down by Redd's and lost a tent to the wind of the canyon, keep a look out and let me know.

July 21st, 2001


-Guided a full day float down the canyon with 2 great clients.  We caught some HOGGS, one 19 fatty, and a 17 chunk.  We also boated many other bows.  Nymphing in the a.m. and early afternoon and yellow sallies, summer stones and Caddis for the rest of the day.  At dusk some HOGGS came up but snapped off.(some of the largest I'd ever seen)

July 20th, 2001


-Hit another alpine lake and had a ball exploring these new fisheries.  We also fished the river that flows from this high lake and caught some little brookies, bows and had some browns on.  This is a future brown trout fishery, we'll have to explore it some more.

July 18th, 2001


-Fished a little alpine lake and caught some beauty's.  Brookies to 13\14 inches in this high lake.  The crew from "Northwest Outdoors" was up there filming a Fly Fishing show.  We got on it!

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