Home Page | Meet Your Guide | Recent Photos | Fly Fishing Links  | Contact Us | 2001 Fishing Reports | 2003 Fishing Reports | Yakima River | Grandma's Lake | Walk & Wade | Steelhead

-Fly Fishing Report for 2002 for destinations throughout Washington State, focused mostly on our main attraction, the Yakima River.

-December 31st, 2002

-We're back from the Bahamas and we had a ball.  I enjoyed chasing some bones, wading the flats, the beautiful weather and quality time with my wife.  I've been on the YAK and it's in great shape.  Nymphing with stones, and trailer nymphs will produce for you.  This time of year a small brassie is one of my favorites.  Some pods are feeding on the surface on tiny midges.  Yesterday I worked a pod of 15 or so fish.  They wanted midge singles and were very selective.  As our Spring approaches the bows will not be so picky and a well drifted midge cluster will produce many hook ups.  Happy Holidays!

-December 8th, 2002

-Hey, Howdy!  I've redesigned the web-site and it's all finished.  Let me know what you think, shoot me an email at: david@dreamflyfishing.com  The river is in great shape for some winter midging, streamer tossing and tandem nymphing.  It's also a great time of the year to smoke up a few white fish.  Yesterday I was tempted to keep one.  Focus your efforts on small BH nymphs and make sure they're getting down, both the bows and the whities will keep you busy.  I fished Lenice a week ago and had a ball freezing out there with the "die hards".  That lake is a beauty.  For Eastern Washington trout hit the YAK or Rocky Ford.  I fished the Ford last week and can report that the bows are sipping tiny midges on top and scuds below.  Try to be stealthy and sneak up on the risers.  Your in for a ride when you hook one of those fiesty Kamloops on a size 24 sprouting midge.  We're off to the Bahamas for some fun in the sun.  Hopefully we'll fool a few bonefish too. 

-November 29th, 2002

-Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope your all having a ball with your families, sit back eat some more food and check out these PICS of a recent Chum trip.

-November 23rd, 2002

-I fished for about an hour this afternoon and caught several tossing midges and streamers.  It was better fishing than I anticipated.  Focus your efforts on the heat of the day and enjoy! 

-Novemver 14th, 2002

-We floated yesterday afternoon and can report that the fishing was a little slow.  We caught several tossing streamers and a couple on baetis.  A pod of risers was hard to come by.  Nonetheless it sure beats the same old grinde of regular life.  As a side note, I caught this old spawned out fall 36+ inch native Chinook, while swinging for steelie's the other day.  

-November 4th, 2002

-Our air temperatures have been abnormally cold lately.  We've been braking day time lows nearly every night.  The bows have been a little sluggish, but we've caught a few swinging streamers, tossing double small nymph rigs and casting to risers in the afternoon.  Your best chance to cast to midging and BWO slurping bows is in the late afternoon.  Concentrate your efforts on the slower seems, foam lines and tail-outs.  The weather man is forecasting some warmer temps. this week so we may be in store for some good baetis action.  Some cloud cover and rain would be ideal.  I've got some dates available for trips, so shoot me an email and let's go fishin'.  Thanks, David.

-October 25th, 2002

-Fall is here and itís time to work on your reach and pile casts.  The bows are slurping in the afternoon, and a drag free drift (which employs not only upstream mends but also the occasional down stream mend to allow the fly to drift that extra few inches) is your best bet.  Experiment with different baetis patterns, and try to fish the smallest tippet you feel comfortable with.  Iíve been fishing 6X.  Donít overlook the mid-day emergence of the Caddis too.  Pre hatch concentrate your efforts on small tandem nymph rigs.  Iíve found many fish taking the fly very subtly, so manage your slack line and whack ďemĒ.    

-October 13th, 2002

-Cool fall temperatures have helped our small may fly fishing for sure!  Baetis, PMD's, Mahogony's, caddis (size 6ish and 16-18ish) and thousands of midges are keeping the trout active.  We've had slurping fish during the day and evening.  It's Parachute Adams time! 

-October 8th, 2002

-Fishing hasn't been automatic lately, We've really had to work to catch em.  Our guided trips haven't boasted high numbers but we've been getting some quality fish and time on the water.  The cloudy days have been producing the best blue wing, PMD and Caddis hatches.  The 10am to 2pm window can be hot!  We've been tossing big dries, small dries, swinging buggers and small nymphs (pupes & soft hackles too!) and tandem nymphing under a bobber.  I'd say the most productive technique has been swinging the riffles, followed closely by casting to risers in the foam and current lines.  Get out and enjoy some fall fishing.  Note to self:  be careful wading it's very, very slippery.

-September 28th, 2002

-I'm back in classes at CWU and the teachers are really laying it on this quarter.  I'll be busy preparing for grad. school.  Despite the crazy week I've been out on the YAK and can report that the fishing has been pretty good.  Almost any tree along the YAK is chucked full of October Caddis Adults, just shake one of them one evening when your down by the river.  Big dries will continue to produce for you.  I've also been sight fishing to flashing nymph eaters too, double small nymph set ups will work well.  This is also a good time to pick a few of your favorite foam lines apart with small X-Caddis.

-September 21st, 2002

-Ohh what a week.  Grandma's Lake is fishing awesome and our guided trip today on the river was great!  We boated some hoggs on streamers.  The fishing wasn't automatic, but we got into some fish using multiple techniques.  We tossed olive streamers, lightning bugs, caddis pupes and dries, dry stones and October caddis.  The big October Caddis are out and about bouncing around, don't be afraid to twitch your imitations.  As for Grandma's Lake the fishing has been nothing short of world class.  The fish have been crashing our dries and slamming our buggers.  The group that was up for the weekend caught several which reached 24 inches and a bunch in the 12 to 20 inch range.  Fall is prime time on both the YAK and the lake.  Let's go fishin'. 

-September 16th, 2002

-The river is riding steady at 1300 cfs in the Canyon and wading is highly recommended.  It's time to sharpen the saw and practice tossing to risers.  The big dries are also producing.  I'd toss an orange stimi and drop a caddis pupe underneath.  If you've got a boat and you like tossing the big ugly streamers, retrieve quickly and hold on.  I've been on a streamer high since fishing the South Fork browns.  I hit a desert creek the other day and had a ball with both bows and browns.  I landed a fare share of large fish and broke off multiple hoggs.  Eastern Washington has a lot to offer the adventuring angler.  We'll be up to the Okanogan country this week for some trips and will have reports on Grandma's Lake, Chopaka and hopefully the Kettle when we get back.  Let's go fishin'. 

-September 12th, 2002

-The river is still dropping and is in great shape.  Once it stays at baseflow for a couple of days and the fish figure out what's up, the fishing will be awesome.  We've been on the river several days during the draw down and the fishing was still good.  Lately we've casted to risers and attracted slurpers with both small and large dries.  We've nymphed a bunch of fish and fooled several tossing buggers and larger streamers.  The big stones are out and about.  We've been seeing a ton throughout the day.  Fall fishing is almost upon us and we are excited about the prospects here on the YAK and up at Grandma's Lake.  We've got several dates still available up at the lake and on the YAK.  Give us a call at 509-962-5523 to book! 

-September 7th, 2002

-I'm writing this report on my vacation here in South Eastern Idaho.  Fishing has been world class!  We've fished the Jefferson, Madison and Yellowstone in Montana and the Henry's Fork and the South Fork in Idaho.  I'll be home soon to keep you all in the know about the YAK.  Keep coming back to the site for some incredible client photos and some big browns and Cutty's from our trip.  

-August 27th, 2002

-The river's fishing pretty darned good, it's on the drop and we've been having success tossing dries, both small and large.  Dead drifts are the key when fishing on the move or anchored.  If one of the YAK bows is flirting with your bug twitch it a little and hold on, fish on!  Look for the day time hours to produce some great fishing as summer ends and fall begins.  We'll be wading in low water soon, YEAH!

-August 17th, 2002

-We've been guiding nearly every day and can report that the fishing is O.K to good.  There's been high number fish days and about average number days.  We've been fishing big dries both early and late in the day and have been tossing double nymph rigs throughout the day.  We've been losing a ton of bugs each trip out so it's time to call Hills Discount Flies to stock up.  You should do the same.  We still have a few more dates open for the Yakima in August and September as well as at Grandma's Lake.  Let's go fishin'.

-August 9th, 2002

-The canyon trout are active in the early am and late pm and we've found fish flirting and eating the big dries here a little and there a little in the upper river throughout the day.  We've been mixing up our methods and have been rewarded with some beautiful bows, cutts, and cutt-bows.  One of the most important skills I've been stressing and over stressing lately is slack line management.  These crazy fish will always hit when we least expect it, so always be ready for the take and set that hook.  The cloudy days help our dry fly efforts for sure.  The fish are keyed on caddis, stones, baetis, pmd's, drakes, and hoppers both dry and wet.  Food for thought:  Fish a few non bead-head nymphs for a change.

-August 5th, 2002

-We've been on nearly every section of the river lately and can report that fishing is pretty good.  We're spending much of the day throwing terrestrials and attractor dries on the move.  Many of the trout are slow takers, so patience is the key on the hook set.  Slack line management is very important to each hook ups success.  I've seen many nice bows and cutts spit the hook when given just a tiny bit of slack.  We're excited to report that Grandma's Lake will be a destination for trips throughout the rest of this season and for 2003.  This private lake and lodge is the real deal, let's book it solid for the rest of August, all of September and the first two weeks of October.  Fishing will be awesome!

-August 1st, 2002

-We've been busy guiding trips on the YAK and up to G-Ma's Lake.  The river is in great shape and the fish are cooperating.  The best time to be on the water is early in the day and later in the evening.  We've been tossing big dries and covering a ton of water.  The best shotgun casters will see the most rising fish.  The upper river cutts are very slow on the take, so be patient, let em eat it and give em a firm hook set and remember if they get an ounce of slack it's all over.  Our trip up to G-Ma's lake went great, we consumed amazing meals, caught a ton of fish and enjoyed the beauty of the area.  Grandma's Lake and Lodge is the next go to destination in the Northwest.  We will here from the owners today to see if the lake and lodge will be open for further use by clients, let's cross our fingers they'll renew the lease.    

-July 25th, 2002

-I guided a half day float yesterday afternoon/evening and can report that the fishing was pretty good.  We brought somewhere around 30 fish up to the bug.  They're looking up.  We saw a mule deer and her fawn, barbecued some bratwurst and had a good olle time on the YAK.  We're off to Grandma's Lake to entertain 6 noble anglers and will have a report when we get back.  

-July 24th, 2002

-The river is holding and remains in good shape.  We've still been hooking and landing a few of the big boys.  I guided on Monday and the am and afternoon nymphing was great for 10 to 15 inch bows, the evening fishing was pretty good.  We landed 10 to 12 fish in the 12 to 17 inch range.  Tuesday's evening fishing was a bit slower than it's been and boy o boy did we ever get soaked near Bighorn by a quick thunderstorm.  It came at just the right time to put out a fire near the washouts.  It looked like someone tossed a cigarette out the car window; don't do that and please don't litter, the boat launch at Bighorn is a mess.  I hope we don't loose the access from the private land owner.  I'm heading down this morning to clean up the trash.  I'll be on the river this afternoon for a half day trip and will let you know how it goes, thanks for keeping tuned to the website, let's go fishin'.

-July 20th, 2002

-I've been surprised by the size of some of the bows that have been hooked lately on the YAK.  I can honestly say we've hooked 6 near 20 inches in the last 2 days.  I guided a half day float today and we fooled em with tandem nymph rigs fished free flowing on the move and weighted with split shot anchored up in the productive riffles.  My client had never caught a fish on fly rod but we got plenty to the boat with nymphs and dry stones.  The river is in great shape and the hot weather has been great for our wet wading. 

-July 19th, 2002

-I guided a trip down the YAK today and we had a great time.  We didn't catch high numbers of trout, but did land 2 monsters around 20 inches and lost 2 more that were just as big.  Check the photos page for the proof.  We found willing nymphing fish and a few Caddis and big dry eaters.  The YAK is running at normal high flows and will continue to until the first of September.  It'll continue to fish well throughout the summer months for all who can toss a decent loop, mend upsteam and down, reach cast and set the hook.  Come on over and let's go fishin'.

-July 13th, 2002

-We've returned from another great trip up to Grandma's Lake.  The lake is producing a ton of trout for our clients.  The largest this week was 28 inches.  The fish are waiting for you to catch them.  We also floated the Kettle for 2 days and had a wonderful time exploring the river.  We'll have a report on the YAK asap.

-July 10th, 2002

-The Yakima is fishing world class.  The river is producing high number fish days, but it all depends on the skill of the caster.  If you can read water and get your bug in the right place with the right drift you'll slam em'.  The big fish have not been shy!  We landed a bunch over 18 and rolled several over 20.  Come on over and put me to work, fishin' you done the YAK.  I'll be on the road, up to Grandma's Lake for a trip, but call or email and let's get you out on the river. 

-July 8th, 2002

-Grandma's Lake fished world class over the 4th and the  weekend.  We had high number days with average fish in the 16 to 20 inch range.  They were slurping dries and smacking a bugger on the troll.  I'd recommend you'd book a date in July for Grandma's Lake.  The family has decided to not allow clients on the lake anymore, our lease of the lake is up and their will be no opportunities to rent the cabin and lake after July 31st.  Book your trip now for a chance to fish what I feel is an amazing fly fishing destination, we'll be sad to loose it for our clients use, but we'll be exploring other destinations to offer for guided trips.  Give me a call to book your trip up to the lake, 509-962-5523. 

-July 3rd, 2002

-What are they bighting on?  The end of my line!  We whacked em last night (Tuesday night) on big stones and caddis.  The river is in such good shape that I'm planning to come home early from my Grandma's Lake trip to take you fishing on Friday and Saturday, the 5th, and 6th.  They are open dates as of today.  If I were you I'd call 509-962-5523 or email me, to hook up!

-July 2nd, 2002

-The river is in beautiful shape and is fishing well.  She's come down a ton in volume and the clarity is great.  Various nymphs have been working on dead, drag free drifts, both on the move and while anchored up.  Drifters, pull the oars and fish that first few feet off the bank for success.  The dry fly game has been good later in the evening, we've been throwing both large stones/attractors and smaller Caddis.  We're off to another great trip up to Grandma's Lake.  I'll have a fishing report when I get back.  Have a great 4th with your families and god bless the U.S.A.  Thanks, David

-June 30th, 2002

-Yesterdays fishing was about average.  The wind and the high flows kept most of the slurpers down, except in select sections of the YAK.  We covered a lot of water and nymphed, tossed streamers and caddis on the move.  The hydrographs show a rising limb, keep a watch on the flows links on my front page, look for consistent flows or falling limbs.  The river is big, be careful where you anchor and mind your oars. 

-June 28th, 2002

-The river is still big and the hydrographs are heading up a bit, but she should hold.  We floated from Thorp down yesterday and had success working our nymphs in deep riffles, drop offs and current lines.  We really had to work for them, especially due to the Kittitas Valley high W (wind). 

-June 26th, 2002

-The river is still in prime shape, it's big, but that's just fine.  The evening Caddis game is good in the late pm.  Don't go home to early, stay for the evening bight.  Nymphing has also been productive with weighted big bugs and small dropper nymphs.  You just can't beat a prince nymph.  I hit a desert creek the other day and found some very willing trout of good size and WOW you all should of seen the 5 or 6 carp I landed that were very willing to slurp an olive bugger.  Sight casting to feeding carp in the 5 to 8 lbs range is a blast.  I can't afford to go bone-fishing or for tarpon, but am convinced that the poor mans tarpon or bonefish must be a carp.  The common carp is an underestimated game fish full of fight, call me if you want to check out some of Eastern Washington's Carp waters. 

-June 21st, 2002

-The YAK is back and fishing well.  Flows have stabilized and clarity is just fine.  We floated yesterday and were met with fairly good luck.  We threw big dries, little dries, stone nymphs and small trailer buggies.  I'll be on the river the next 2 days so keep posted to the website for a report.

-June 16th, 2002

-The YAK is on the rise, 5600cfs in the Canyon and rising.  The snow is a melting.  We floated tonight and caught a couple, but mostly enjoyed the boat ride and the beautiful weather.  The river will be back, keep a close eye on the hydrographs and let's hope for some overcast skies and a cooling trend in the weather.  Meanwhile, the most recent client report from Grandma's Lake was 30 trout on buggers and olive damsel/dragon/baitfish patterns, as well as a little dry fly Callibaetis action too.  G-Ma's Lake is the place to be!   

-June 14th, 2002

-We floated last night and had a world class time.  I landed my largest fish ever on the YAK, a 26 incher (to bad it wasn't a Mykiss though) and my buddy boated a 20 inch bruiser (CUT-BOW).  We nymphed in the early afternoon and fished Caddis and Dry Stones till dark.  Check out the photos on the recent fly fishing photos link and let's go fishing!

-June 12th, 2002

-Guided a full day float down the YAK yesterday and we had a ball casting nymphs, big dries and little dries.  The sun was high and hot and put most of the BOWS down, so we spent most of the day subsurface with tandem nymph rigs 6-8 ft. under a yarn indicator.  The highlight of the day was a 20 inch bruiser on a egg laying dry Caddis.  He came out of his hole, chased it down stream about a foot and smashed it.  We saw it all, what a ride!  Let's go fishing!

-June 10th, 2002

-The Yakima is in great shape right now.  We floated today and caught many fish casting BWO's, PMDs, Stimi's, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Yellow Mays, Dry Stones, Stone Nymphs and small trailers (ie.. caddis pupae, pheasant tails, prince nymphs etc.).  The height of the dry fly action was in the 1pm to 3pm time frame.  The river is at its high summer flow and will be for the next few months.  The YAK bows are tight to cut banks and foam lines.  Tie a bunch of different patterns (mayfly, stones, caddis), both emergers and duns, as well as egglayers--we'll see you on the river. Thanks, David

-June 2nd, 2002

-The Yakima is high and muddy, go fish the basin lakes and creeks.  Try Hatchery Creek near Moses Lake, it's an incredible place to take the little anglers.  Last week I saw a young kid with a full stringer of hatchery bows and one Brute of nearly 8 lbs.  Rocky Ford is always a producer too; I caught my largest bow yet, earlier this week.  He must have wieghed 6 lbs. plus.  With the YAK high and muddy we've been traveling around hitting some desert creeks, lakes and of course Grandma's Lake.  We had another great weekend up to the lake.  Clients love that place and so do I.  I've got some big triploids and a bunch of browns to dump in this week, so fishing is going to be top dog up there.  G-Ma's Lake is the place to be, let's go fish it. 

-May 19th, 2002

-We just returned from a great weekend up at Grandma's Lake.  Ohh what a beautiful place.  The slurpers were feeding on dry midges and callibaetis and chomping on damsel and dragon fly nymphs.  The big boys just wanted a big olle nasty olive bugger.  Check the G-Ma's Lake page for new photos.  We floated the YAK on Wednesday and Thursday and had a ball casting to Caddis Slurpers.  The warmer days are producing some great hatches.  Look for the hatches in the early am and late pm as well as the returning egg layers.  Throughout the day the mating game is taking flight with both the Grannoms and the hyposcyche's.  School is almost over for the year so give me a call, I'll have most of June, July, August and September to guide you down the YAK and up to G-Ma's Lake.  Call for availability: 509-962-5523

-May 13th, 2002

-Guided some great folks down the YAK over the weekend and we had a ball.  The caddis blizzards are in full force and some PMD's are showing up too.  A variety of Caddis imitations in the dark brown to light tan range should fool the trout (size 14 - 18).  The height of the Caddis slurping action has been varying from 4 to 7 pm depending on where you are in the system.  Nymphing with both heavy stones and small trailers has produced consistent action in the am and mid day hours.  Friday and Saturdays trips were both great for numbers of trout.  Paul brought a 22 incher up on Friday, a big old HOGG.  It was an excellent weekend to celebrate both a birthday and Mothers Day on float trips.  I've got dates available, give me a call at 509-962-5523 and let's go fishin'.  Check out the new photos!

-May 9th, 2002

-The YAK is in prime shape.  Above Wilson Creek visibility is great and below it's good to O.K.  There's a lot of irrigation return in the Wilson Creek system, but that's very normal.  You know spring weather is a crazy thing, one minute it's sunny, the next it's cloudy and spitting rain and of course the beloved Kittitas County High W (wind) is always a factor.  Today the blue wings emerged around 2pm and lasted for an hour or so.  Slurpers were in the foam doing their thing.  The Caddis action is slow, but the YAK bows are aware of their emergence.  We've been bringing up some trout on Dry Stones as well.  Boy you all should of seen the 21 inch hogg we got the other day on a Sculpin pattern; she was a high flying beauty.  Tie some baetis in the 16 to 18 range and get ready for the Caddis Blizzard with some 14 - 18's.  As a side note; despite the lack of Marchies this year I brought up around a dozen bows to my imitation today.  Try picking your favorite dry fly water apart from 1pm to 3pm ish with a size 12 to 14.  Let's go fishing.

-May 3rd, 2002

-The YAK is brown with runoff.  It will be back in shape soon!  Last year we were spoiled with a mostly stable river.  However, this spring it's all depended on Mother Nature's mood.  The forecasted cooling trend should keep the snow pack in check.  Meanwhile, let's go up to Grandma's Lake.  The fishing is world class!  G-Ma's Lake is the real deal, it's beautiful, secluded and full of Kamloops, Triploids, and Browns.  It's private water, which simply means, it's all yours!   

-April 27th, 2002

-It's been busy around here.  The desert lakes are producing monster trout on the dry fly, especially on calm days.  The YAK is fishing awesome one day and than slow the next.  Today was the slow day, but we caught a few trout.  The caddis blizzard was thick on Friday, while today it was a no show!  We floated the upper the other day and efforts up there should be focused on nymphing and Marchies from 1pm ish to 3pm ish.  We can now accommodate multiple boat trips, so give me a call.  Let's go fishin'.

-April 22nd, 2002

-I guided a great trip out to the basin this weekend and hit the Whisper Lake Bed and Breakfast, which is soon to be one of the great fly fishing destinations in Washington state.  The lake is 5 acres and the B&B atmosphere in the Coulee region of the state is second to none.  I recommend you'd give the Ross's a call at 509-644-1025 or visit there website by clicking here.  The Yak is back!   

-April 18th, 2002

-Baby Dean and I hit the basin in search of desert trout and had a ball.  The desert is a special place, take your son out there and hook some piggs, if you don't have a son grab some kid off the street and help him learn the art of fly fishing.  The YAK was really ugly but is rebounding nicely.  I'll be floating tomorrow and will let you all know how it goes. Thanks, David

-April 15th, 2002

-Rain on Snow = Flooding, YAK at Umptanum 8,000cfs + WOW!

-April 10th, 2002

-The Yak is running at normal spring levels and is off color from the major tribs. down.  It's very fishable even in the dirty water, you just have to work for em.  I guided a trip on the YAK and to Rocky Ford and we hooked some piggs and had a blast.  I've fished the Ford for 10 years and have never seen so many people on a midweek date.  Anymore it's hard to find some solitude out fishing, but still we itch to go and we ought to--fly fishing is the greatest thing to happen to any of us (except the wife and kids of course).

-April 7th, 2002

-We spent the last two days floating the YAK and can report that the fishing is around average, our hatches are pretty sparse.  In select sections March Browns are present from 1 to 3pm, but not in full force yet.  Let's hope for some warmer days and overcast skies, which should really get the ball rolling.  On the days with strong early afternoon Baetis or March Brown hatches the Skawla dry fly game has been at its best.  Fish the big bugs right up to dark.

-March 29th, 2002

-Had a good float casting skawla dries in the W (Kittitas Valley high winds). The baetis hatch was sparse.  March Browns will be coming soon, I'll keep you posted.  Throughout the 80's and 90's fly fishermen throughout Washington fished Grandma's Lake; we are excited to offer trips to this incredible destination. Book early--it's going to be the next go to pay lake in the Northwest. 

-March 28th, 2002

-Guided a full day float down the YAK and it was awesome!  The river is looking good, clarity is back and temperatures and flows have been steady for a few days, so we're back in business.  Blue Wings on the water from 11a.m.ish until 2:30p.m.ish and spring stones until dark.  We boated a HOGG today; it followed the big stone dry for at least 5 feet and than casually took a look up and gulped it, WHAM, Fish On!  In the crystal clear water it was amazing, seriously one of the coolest takes I've ever seen.  Good Job, Russ! 

-March 25th, 2002

-Floated the YAK and pretty much enjoyed the sun and the boat ride.  Fishing was tough!  The river is pretty much blown, but will clear up soon. 

-March 23rd, 2002

-The canyon was crowded today, but I'm confident everyone had a ball.  The fishing was top dog!  We boated good numbers of fish and a few HOGGS, check out the photos page.  We threw baetis duns and emergers from 11am to 3pmish and dry stones till dark.  The past 2 weeks have been near perfect; good fishing and great company on the YAK.  I'm heading back to school next week but will be on the river a ton, keep coming back to check the site for updates and let's go fishin.  David

-March 22nd, 2002

-Spent the day with a couple of future all star anglers.  We nymphed and chucked buggers in the am and casted to slurpers in the pm.  The baetis hatch was back and right on time (12:30ish).

-March 21st, 2002

-The midging was great today.  Clusters in the size 14 range fooled a bunch of fish from 1pm to 3ishpm. 

-March 20th, 2002

-Guided a full day float today and we almost froze our toes off!  Despite the crazy spring snow storm we landed some hoggs.  The baetis hatch came a little late today and really only lasted from 2:30pm to 3:30 pm or so.  We fooled some baetis slurpers, stone nymphing fish and had remarkable luck casting our dry stones tight to the bank.  Considering the elements I would say we had a great day.  Check out the photos, let's go fishing. 

-March 19th, 2002

-I spent the day with a great father son duo, and we had a ball on the YAK! The game in the farm lands sections is still predominately streamer hucking and ducking, casting to midging fish, and lobbing stone nymphs.  Baetis hatches will become more prolific in the near future.  The canyon is your best bet. I'm guiding tomorrow, and will let you know how it goes. Thanks, David.

-March 17th, 2002

-Floated the YAK on Saturday and despite the snow, cold water temps. and slower fishing, had a ball.  The tiny baetis are coming off around mid day and the fish are still actively feeding on the adult spring stones on top and the stone nymphs fished on the bottom.  Be patient on the Skawla dry takes, many of the Yakima Bows are swirling the stone imitation and trying to suck it down.  Let them get it and than set the hook.  It takes time on the water to get the hang of it.  Some days you'll notice the trout will inhale the bugs and others they'll just kind of slap at it.  It's all in the game and that's why we love it.  Let's go fishing: David

-March 15th, 2002

-Floated the river on a half day float and caught a ton of fish.  The baetis slurpers were chowing down in the foam lines.  We must of boated 40 fish, check out the MPEG movie on the pictures page, let it load up and take a look at a pod that was super active.  Tiny baetis (size 16-20), Stone Nymphs, and big Stone dries were the patterns that produced for us.  Most of the fish landed were in the 10 to 13 inch range with a few 15 or 16.  Today was one of the best days I've seen for numbers of fish.  Spring is here and world class fishing is right in your back yard, let's go fishing.  Thanks: David

-March 14th, 2002

-Spent the last few days fishing the YAK.  It hailed, rained, snowed, sleeted, was cloudy and sunny all in the same day (Wednesday), it was spring weather at its best. Tuesday the river jumped up a bunch, but surprisingly the fishing was good.  Water clarity is better now and Wednesday the fishing was awesome.  We've hooked a dozen or so fish on Skawla dries, a dozen or so on Skawla Nymphs, and a dozen or so on either tiny Midges or tiny baetis.  We've been catching some HOGGS too.  The largest for the two days was a 22(maybe 23) inch hen getting ready for the spawn; huge Fish!  All of the fish are looking healthy and beautiful.  The bald eagles are soaring in the cottonwood farmlands, the bighorns are feeding on the canyon walls and the mule deer, river otter, rockchucks and other birds and marmots are excited about the spring weather.  Monday we observed some sand hill cranes in the tops of a cottonwood, this is an unusual and extraordinary sight.  They'll continue their migration to roost in the tundra shortly.  Let's go fishing, adios: David. 

-March 11th, 2002

-Spring is here!  Guided a full day float through the tree-farm and had a ball.  Roy fished like a wild man and was rewarded honest to goodness with 30 to 40 rises, mind you we didn't land them all, but it was AWESOME!  We got 2 Hoggs to come up for the Skwala Stone (Spring Stone) WHAM!  The water was crystal clear and made for exciting dry fly takes.  Fly Patterns: Tiny Midges (parachute singles, clusters etc.), Dry Stones (Madam X etc.), Micro Stones (16 Stimulator for the micros coming off), Baetis (Hi Viz para).  Bring some Streamers and an assortment of BH nymphs and let's go fishin!  Adios: David

-March 9th, 2002

-College has been kicking my TAIL, the quarter is almost over though!  Last night the tail-out I was fishing was very active with rising trouts.  What a night to forget my reel.  I actually found a sink tip in my vest and was trying to fish without a reel or line, but not to successfully.  It sure beats all the school work that's been taking all my time.  As our air temps and water temps rise look for some great spring fishing: spring baetis, dry stone, march brownies, and midges (clusters and singles).  Snow and fairly cool temperatures are forecasted, but spring will come, soon!

-March 4th, 2002

-I Guided on Saturday, and the fishing was below average.  We relied on the Midging game to fool some trouts.  The water was cold and the fish didn't cooperate to well (I'm going to have a talk with my scuba divers); hard fishing, but great skill improvement.  Greg and Tom became masters of hucking and ducking streamers (small and gigantic), indicator nymphing and tiny dry, dead drifting.  The Spring Stones are right around the corner and we did see our first March Brown Dun flying around, it was a spiritual moment for things to come.  River flow and clarity looks great and warmer air temperatures to come will activate the fish.

-February 26th, 2002

-The river is shaping up, cool temperatures will keep the snow pack in check and fishing should be friendly in the next few days.  If I were you I'd call and check for available dates. (509-962-5523)

-February 24th, 2002

-Guided a full day trip today and I learned the importance of back up planning, big time!  The YAK is brown (chocolate milky) from the rain on snow event that occurred in the upper sections of the river.  It's currently NOT fisherman friendly, but cooling weather in the next few days should stabilize the flows, keep posted to the hydrographs, look for consistent flows.  We decided to head to the basin "In Search of Fly Water" (That ESPN show, is a little corney!).  My B plan was also blown out, so we hit plan C and fooled some HOGGS, all in all we had a good time.

February 19th, 2002

-Guided a full day float down the YAK and we had a ball, winter fishing at its best!  We didn't catch a ton of fish but did land some HOGGS.  Para midge, buggers and small nymphs produced for the beautiful near spring day.  We ate like kings, stayed warm next to the heater and enjoyed the ride in our new for 2002's season Hyde boat.  Check out the new photos on the recent photos page.

February 2nd, 2002

-I caught a dozen trouts today.  I took my time and picked the productive riffles, foam lines and pools apart.  I floated alone today and observed a river otter, 2 herds of bighorns, and my buddy the heron.  Today, was a very good day of fishing, look to the YAK, our air temps. are up and the trouts are looking up and nymphing like crazy, give me a call and let's go fishing.  Useful patterns to bring to the Yakima: Para Midge, Emerger Midges, Cluster Midge, Tiny P.T.'s, Prince Nymphs, Big Stone Nymphs, and Giant UGLY Streamers(coneheads, barbell eyes, buggers etc.). 

January 21st, 2002

-Hit the YAK on a float trip today.  The water is cold and the fish are sluggish.  The best midging came during the warmest part of the day, but only lasted for an hour.  Tiny miracle midge, palomino midge, and para midge patterns worked as we tried to match the hatch.  A few warmer days producing warmer water temperatures, should help our winter fishing.  Be sure to book early for our 2002 season, we're gonna have a banner year, thanks -David

January 19th, 2002

-Hit Rocky Ford for an hour after a funeral in the basin.  I was surely the only one on the creek with a shirt and tie.  Fooled some trouts on tiny nymphs, streamers and tiny dry midges.  It's warmer in the basin, a nice break from Eburg's winter wonderland.

January 13th, 2002

-Spent the day in the desert checking on my secret creeks.  I was surprised with fair dry fly action, these creeks are the real deal, I've fished some since I was a tiny kid.  I look forward to showing those who book in 2002 these secret jewels.  We are now booking trips for 2002 on the Yakima, Grandma's Lake and the secret waters.  Book your date early!  Thanks, David.   P.S.  The YAK is getting back in shape after it's blow out, let's go fishing.

January 9th, 2002

-The new quarter started so be patient as I update the report as often as I can.  School is getting tough.  The warm weather of late and the rain that hit the region has blown the river, check the river levels before heading over to fish the YAK.