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-Fly Fishing Report for 2003 for destinations throughout Washington State, focused mostly on our main attraction, the Yakima River.
-December 29th, 2003
-I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday and gratefully remembered the real reason for the season. Since the last fishing report I've been tossing flies at desert steelhead on the Tucannon, Methow, and the Hanford Reach of the Columbia Rivers. Generally the fishing has been tough. Ideal times to chase these fish are in the months of February, March and again in October. We floated the Yakima today and all I have to say is, "Whoaaa, it's KOLD!" We caught fish, but it was hard work with 36 to 38 degree water temps., and air temps. in the teens. Fishing will be best on our warmer winter days, presumably on days where the high air temps. are forecasted above freezing. Let the cold snap pass us by, tie some flies, chase some winter steelies on the Olympic Peninsula, C & R some Dollies on the Skagit, or spend some time with your families, make some new years resolutions, watch some football, surf the web, and most importantly plan your next trip with us in 2004.
-December 19th, 2003
-We've spent some time this week on the Yakima for rainbows and the Tucannon for steelies. The Yakima continues to fish in winter mode (focus on nymphing, toss some meat/streamers at em, and look for midging fish). As for desert steelhead streams, there's several options still available. The Methow will be open through this weekend, be advised that it will close Sunday December 21st an hour after sunset. Get out there and get one last chance for the year to swing a Methow steelie. Another incredible steelhead option is the Tucannon River near Starbuck. We brought several one salt fish to hand yesterday, and had one probable two salt hogg brake off. It's small manageable water and there's plenty of public and private access available. If you plan to stay overnight in the area ask Darcy and Verna at Dover Tackle about their cozy rental.
-December 12th, 2003
-We Hit the YAK the last two days and fooled fish nymphing (hares ears, PT's, WD-40's, and stone nymphs), swinging & stripping streamers (conehead buggers, bunnies, etc., think OLIVE, be creative at the vise), and with dries (midges). Fishing has been pretty good, for winter. It is not red hot action, but a competent angler (nice hat ehh!) should expect some action. If your in need of a fishin' fix let me know and we'll get you out on the water for 4 to 5 hours. Take advantage of our half-day rates this holiday season for a trip down the YAK, out to Rocky Ford, or to a desert creek. We have gift certificates available. I have 3 weeks off from grad. school and have many dates open for booking through January 6th, and many weekend dates available throughout winter/early spring, email me for openings. Steelhead enthusiasts shoot me an email for options throughout the state.
-I'll be revamping the website this December and wanted to ask for feedback and encouragement. Let me know what can be done to spruce it up a bit. Thanks for any input you may give.
-November 30th, 2003
-The Ford is fishing well. I caught a bunch of fish on top tossing tiny sparkle duns and midges at the end of 6X tippet the other day. Tossing conehead crystal buggers also produced several nice fish. The Hanford Reach is still producing some steelies. I swung my brains out on the mainstem Columbia near Ringold over the Thanksgiving break and had a ball. The word on the street is that the YAK is producing some great midging. I've had personal reports from two excellent anglers as to its validity. Midging can be a ton of fun. The best way to approach midging fish is down and across. The first thing you want the fish to see is the fly. It's a great time to develop delicate presentations with fine long leaders down to 5X and possibly 6X tippet. I tie a parachute Griffiths gnat with a red post for visibility. It's been a great producer over the last few years. Midging will be the best on the warmer days.
-November 25th, 2003
-The YAK has dropped down nicely and the hydrographs look promising. It has been cold, so fishing will continue to be spotty, but that's winter fishing. You'll nymph or streamer swing a couple of fish and calm the craving. If you do venture over the mountain passes, be careful. I've been swamped lately with Grad. research and preliminary work on my Masters thesis on the Methow River watershed. I'll try and update the Yakima report as often as I can, feel free to email any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org I will continue to offer guided trips throughout the rest of 2003 and look forward to spending a day with you in 2004 fishin' the many spring creeks, freestone rivers, mountain streams and lakes of Eastern Washington. I'll be fishin' Rocky Ford tomorrow and will have a report up asap. Have a good Turkey Day and don't eat to much! If you do eat to much come on over and we'll work it off hiking into Lenice, Nunnally, or Bobbie for the last couple days of the season. The desert lakes will close on November 30th. Last year I was out there on the closing day and actually did pretty well. It was very, very, very cold though!
-I'm going to be revamping the website this December and wanted to ask for feedback and encouragement. Let me know what can be done to spruce it up a bit. Thanks for any input you may give.
-November 19th, 2003
-The river is blown, check the hydrographs before planning a trip.
-November 16th, 2003
-I guided a trip in the canyon yesterday and the name of the game continues to be nymphs under the bobber with light tippet. We did not slay them and it was chilly out there! It's time to shorten your day and fish when it's good, from 12pm or so to 3pm or so. Look for risers, but focus on tossing tandem nymph rigs. Our last trip of the season went well up at Grandma's Lake and Lodge. The Chervysvnski gang from Oregon, Cali. and Washington caught a record 176 trout up at the lake. We regret to announce that this April 15th through June 15th 2004 will be the last chance anglers will have to visit this location. The owners have decided to sale the property, and our lease will end with the sale. If your interested in making a worthwhile investment, please call us for more information, 509-962-5523.
-I'm also trying to find a home for my 2001 Hyde drift boat. If your interested, CLICK HERE!
-November 12th, 2003
-Well we've broken free of the cold snap that slowed fishing down throughout Eastern Washington. Expect better dry fly hatches on the YAK and nymphing with the small bugs will continue to produce. Hit some desert steelhead waters while water temps. are favorable. Last week on the Methow we spent 3 days swinging, nymphing and doing everything we could think of to coax a steelie to the fly. It was frustrating! The water temps. were not ideal, but I did land a 23 inch bull trout! For a change in pace head over to the west side of the mountains and fish the Chum run. It's going strong. I had a fairly small Chum, but a fiesty fish none the less shatter my 8 weight the other day. I'd recommend a 10 weight and be ready to be sore armed. Tie up some chartreuse and pink weighted and unweighted attractor patterns. Use the comet as your guide and be creative.
-November 4th, 2003
-The best advice I can give for the Yakima lately is to dress warm, look for risers, but concentrate on small nymphs under the bobber with light tippet.
-October 28th, 2003
-We had 3 guide boats out over the weekend. Friday and Monday we tossed the big bugs (October Caddis) tight to the cut-banks, inside seams, foam lines, and along the rip-rap in the farmlands. Dropping a p.t. or lightning bug off the back of the big bug also produced some fish for us. During the baetis hatch we worked likely spots, and rising fish with the small bugs; adams, sparkle duns, emergers, and non-beadhead nymphs. Saturday we worked some nymphing fish and baetis risers in the canyon--those fish have seen some pressure. We should have stuck to nymphing small bugs (lead fly-size 14-16, second fly-size 16-20) with light tippet below an indicator. Beginning anglers are more likely to hook up on the nymph rig. The canyon YAK bows have become tippet, fly and drag weary, so dry fly fishing is a bit more difficult. Tie some smaller patterns, and try tossing something new to fool em. Remember to focus on a drag free presentation! Today (Tuesday) we were on the river doing some research and my oh my, hold on to your hat, it's WINDY! The debris collected at the surface of the river at this time of the year is difficult to fish with. On a windy day the seam you want to hit may be clogged with leaves and surface litter (twigs, branches etc.). If your floating a new section of river that you're not familiar with, remember to plan ahead when rowing so you don't end up swept by a newly fallen sweeper.
I wanted to paste a great email from a client, enjoy!
Thanks for a great day yesterday – you have helped me to solidify my addiction to this wonderful sport and hobby. I dreamt of fishing last night but it was not as good as the day yesterday. I look forward to getting the pictures – thanks for taking them! Talk to you soon and Happy Birthday!
Manager - America's Business Development Team
Victrex USA www.victrex.com
-October 20th, 2003
-Our trips over the weekend went well. We had a couple of warm days in a row that really helped our big bug fishin'. We tossed the large dries on the move from the drifter and landed some beauties. Joe got a 16 or so incher tossing the big bug on Saturday. Refer to the previous few reports for more specific info. and get out there and enjoy some great fall fishin'.
-October 18th, 2003
-I guided a float yesterday and we caught a lot of bows in the 8 to 12 inch range and a couple over, and yes we did have one of those, "the one that got away stories". We'll just name that fish Wayne, and try to get him the next time we're through there. It's those experiences that keep us coming back to the river for more. The warmer air time temps. have decreased the intensity of the Blue Wings, and increased the October Caddis activity. At least that's what I noted in the famlands, the canyon may be a different story. Usually the stronger hatches will be in the lower canyon, and remember that the baetis is a great foul weather bug! Bring on the overcast drizzly, cool, days of Fall. I'll be on the YAK today, and will have a report up asap.
-For all you steelhead chasing crazed lunitics the Methow and Grande Ronde are the two rivers that have been on my mind! If your headed to the Ronde, call Mac Huff. He'll treat you to a good time. If your interested in the Methow email me with your inquiries.
-October 13th, 2003
-Fall fishing continues! We had 3 guide boats out over the weekend and things went well. The last several cloudy days have helped the intensity and length of the baetis hatch. Mixed in with the baetis (blue wing, olive body) are other ephems., both light colored cahills (cream wings and light body), and mahoganies (tan wing, dark body). You can match the baetis pre-hatch by either swinging or dead drifting small nymphs or soft hackles, size 16 - 20. During the hatch try parachute, comparadun, and emerging patterns in the same size. The same can be said for the other mayflies, but in a larger size, 14 -18. On Saturday we had a 2 hour window, in the farmlands, from 1 to 3 where we could honestly say, "fishin' doesn't get much better." We had one boat in the canyon as well and it sounds like the YAK bows have seen a few bugs and are pretty picky. It's time to lengthen your leader and go down to 6X, and remember with the small dries it's all about presentation--drag free!
-October 1st, 2003
-Well it's been a busy week. Our last guided trip was through the farmlands and we caught fish all day long. Fall is a great time for high fish counts, mostly for fish in the 8 to 12 inch range. But on our last trip Mike and E.G. brought in some beauties. We counted 4 over 14 inches to hand and several others LDR'd. Most of the big fish have been on large October Caddis patterns in the evening. We've been tossing the big bugs on the move from the boat, wading some inside corners and side channels, and parking on risers sipping blue wings. Our unusually warm weather lately has caused the may fly hatches to be fairly light, however the fish are looking up for them. We parked on several pods of rising fish yesterday tossing duns. The next cool/overcast day should be prolific. This is a great time to get out and wade your favorite riffle or pool. If you only have a few hours to be on the water, hit the 1 to 3pm window for small dries, nymphs & soft hackles or the 5 to 7pm slot for the large Caddis.
-September 24th, 2003
-I guided a float through the farm lands yesterday and the fishing was very good. We had high numbers of fish to the fly and a dozen or so to hand. I really believe we could of tossed the same fly all day long and had consistent action. What fly was it? It was the top secret ----- ---. What does that spell? Email your response to email@example.com We also had several nice takes on an October Caddis, and landed the nicest fish of the day tossing the big bug tight to the rip rap. There are many food sources available to the trout at this time of the year, see my last report for a list.
-September 13th, 2003
-The YAK is flowing low and clear and is in perfect shape for some fall fishing. The river is no longer the town ditch and we're tossing small bugs to rising fish again; hallelujah! If your fishing from a drifter have the oarsman focus downstream looking for risers to anchor up on. It's no longer necessary to focus all of your attention tight to the bank, so move the boat back and search the likely spots. If your wading look for a nice inside corner to swing soft hackles pre-hatch and dries & emergers during the hatch. Caddis, blue wings, stoneflies, hoppers (o/ terrestrials as well), mahogony duns, midges, craneflies, & fall cahills are the order of the day. Hatches will intensify as fall progresses and the overcast days will be ideal for sustained action on top. I'm guiding a trip today and will let you know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by.
-September 11th, 2003
-I spent some time tossing flies for pinks on the Skagit & Sky this week, and had a ball. They put up a good fight and are eager to pick up a swung or dead drifted fly. The Skagit is probably the best river to focus your attention. Tie some pink & white streamers and go to it. I've been on the upper YAK this week doing some fisheries work and can report that the salmon are beginning to pair off. Soon we'll be tossing egg patterns to the cutts and bows. I'll be floating the lower canyon tomorrow and we'll have a report on how the fishin' goes asap. This fall I'll be balancing my graduate classes, fisheries work and guiding. I do have open dates to spend fishin' Eastern Washington with ya, so call 509-962-5523 and we'll reserve your date. September and October is prime time up at G-Ma's lake. If you haven't fished it you need to. It'll be smokin'!
-September 6th, 2003
-I guided a trip on the upper YAK yesterday and can report that the cutts and rainbows are looking up throughout the day. Try your standby attractor dries on the move (ie. wulfs, stimis etc.). Don't overlook tossing them in small sizes. Since the last report I also spent time running a couple of walk and wade trips to the basin. They went well! One little creek is a jewel! The highlight of that trip was tossing size 20 tricos to slurping rainbows. Rocky Ford fished well for us too. Tie up some hoppers, scuds (try flesh colored dubbing, almost orange), PMD duns, cripples and emergers. We had many 22 to 26 inch fish slurp the small dries. It's important to be patient on the hook set. These fish take their time.
-September 3rd, 2003
-We've been chasing fish around the state lately and can report that the pinks & silvers are biting in the sound, our YAK bows are chowing on streamers, nymphs, and large dries (shortwing stones & hoppers), the desert creeks are running fairly low, but are worth a trip, and the Naches River is producing high number fish days on our walk and wade guided trips. The Naches has been impressing me with the number of fish to hand and each trip I make there we get a good solid fish. Yesterday Dick from Philadelphia landed a 17 inch hoggggggg with a 6 inch girth. A real football. That's as nice of a Cuttie as you'll catch anywhere in the West. The YAK is on the drop, so be prepared to chase the fish in different holding water as the level drops. At low water fall fishing our bows will be found throughout the holes. I'm guiding a trip to Rocky Ford today and will have a report up on how it goes asap.
-August 23rd, 2003
-The good olle YAK is fishin'. We boated some great fish on our trip in the canyon yesterday. Fran and Frank you fished hard and were rewarded for it. The cooler air temperatures and overcast/rainy weather encouraged the bows. On the warmer days the water temperatures in the canyon have been fairly high, so be careful with your fish. We've been on both the upper and lower canyons this week and both are fishing goooood. Friday we tossed large dry fly attractors and pheasant tail droppers in the upper river and had a very high number fish day with one fish at 18+ inches. When the water temperatures are soaring in the lower canyon try a float in the upper river, you'll enjoy the scenery, water clarity and hard fighting rainbows & cutthroat. The last week of August has always been one of my favorite weeks to guide. I have openings and am eager to fish you down the YAK.
-August 13th, 2003
-The Yakima continues to roll on in summer mode. It's decreased in gage height but there is plenty of exposed structured banks to toss dry flies to. Yesterday we rolled some nice bows on both large dry fly attractors and caddis. Don't overlook the wadable water. We got several nice fish to hand by wading the side channels. The rainbows continue to vary on their rise forms so be creative on your hook set.
-I wanted to share an email I received. It's from a client who was up to Grandma's Lake last week. At 3800 ft. the lake fishes well throughout the summer. Our water temperatures have continued to be in the 60's. If you need a lake to fix your itch give me a call at 509-962-5523. September and October will be prime time! As a side note; we had an angler ask the love of his life to marry him out on the lake in my little 8 ft. pram. She said yes and they are planning for their wedding next June. Congrats!
for helping make my trip a reality. I couldn't really take any fish pictures
since I was alone so I sent a picture of me, enjoying the lake. The fishing
was great and the cabin was very comfortable I hope to return very soon.
Here's the fishing report for August 5 through 7, 2003:
-August 7th, 2003
-Our guided trips the last few days have gone great. The cooler air temperatures and overcast skies have encouraged our YAK bows mid-day. We've had some opportunities to cast to rising fish mid-day and evening. Tie some PMD's and X-Caddis. The large dries are working on the move, but don't overlook tossing the small stuff in the foam while drifting. We've had very high number fish to the fly days and our fish to hand totals have been average to good! With our high water remember to keep track of you slack line and always be ready for the hit. Each hit is a bit different so be patient on the slow slurps and be ready for the quick slashes--it will take some practice. If you are floating full-day have a rain jacket. The other day we were glad we had the gear to brave the thunder, lightning, heavy wind, rain, and hail. It ruined our evening fishing, water clarity dropped significantly and there was debris everywhere (trees, tumble weeds, leaves, sticks, trash cans, dirt, & Chernobyl Ants). It was a kick in the pants!
-August 2nd, 2003
-The heat wave appears to have broken. The current cooler air temperatures and partly cloudy skies will help our YAK bows. Now is a great time to book a trip. Yesterday was a great day to toss the big bugs. We had consistent action all day. The phrase "a little here and a little there" has been the story for mid-day fishing, but throughout a 8 to 10 hour float the fish numbers really add up. Try tossing a BH lightning bug 1.5-2 feet below your hopper/stone in the riffles; it saved our tails lately in the heat of the day. The evening fishing was great for our trip. Mike and Rachel had a ball tossing the big olle chernobyle ants tight to the bank. The quote of the day was, "I've caught more fish today than I have in my entire life." Rachel you worked hard, good job!
-We're headed up to Grandma's Lake & Lodge to entertain guests, and will have a report for the lake when we get back. We'll be back guiding the YAK early next week so keep posted to the website for updates.
-July 30th, 2003
-Our day time temperatures have been 100+, so the ideal times to be floating the YAK are in the early AM and again in the late PM. Fishing in those time frames has been great with the big bugs! We've had a great time tossing closed cell foam bugs tight to the bank. It takes some skill to cast it in there and get a good drift, but that's half the fun. Give me a call at 509-962-5523 to get in on some of the best early morning fishing of the year. Tossing large dries to the bank will hook ya.
-I'm scoping out another destination for guided trips. Keep posted to the website for details in the next month. I'd consider it Washington's only other managed blue ribbon fishery full of Rainbows, Cutthroat, and Cut-bows. It's a gem!! Our trip there yesterday produced a measured cuttie right at 17 inches. This fish looked like porky the pig trout.
-I've been having some troubles with my digital camera, but keep posted to the photos page for several updates from the Yakima and beyond.
-July 26th, 2003
-We've been floating the upper and lower canyons lately. The lower canyon is the hot ticket for dependable fly water, but for beauty and cutthroat you can't beat the upper river. The game plan remains the same; hoppers, ants, beetles, summer stones, & evening caddis. We've been tossing dries most of the day. The river is at summer flows so utilize the drift boats and be careful wading. High water is a great time to be on the river fishin' the big bugs tight to the bank-- it's my favorite type of fishing. Half the fun is getting a good drift tight to an overhanging cottonwood. Yesterday we had an 18 inch cuttie slowly come over and study the big bug while fishing on the move. He chased, looked, slurped and went crazy at the hook set. What a battle. Fish like that keep us coming back to the river, and now is the time to experience it with the big bug.
-July 21st, 2003
-Our guided trips this weekend went well. We stuck to hoppers and large attractors on the move from the drifter. Hoppers in various sizes presented drag free tight to the bank, produced many nice fish in the 12 to 16 inch range; chernobyl's brought in the big boys in the 16 to 18 inch range. We've been rolling a lot of fish and landing around 50% of the whackers. The Yak bows vary in their rise form, so be ready for a slurp, whirlpool/suck down, whack, crash, nudge, tickle, flirt, chase, or a rejection. My best advise is to manage your slack line and always be ready to let the fish rise and head back down, than set the hook. With our high water summer flow to meet irrigation needs a large fish puts up an incredible fight, so be prepared for some hotttt fish.
-Our trip to the Green River was a dream come true. I'd argue that the Green is the best place in the world for large browns, rainbows and the occasional cuttie. I had some of the largest fish on, of my life and landed some hoggs. It was awesome hopper, PMD, streamer, and scud fishing for numbers of large trout! While in Utah we also chased browns in two small creeks. I could not believe the size and numbers of fish in these tiny fisheries. One creek produced 30 fish in 3 hours from 10 to 18 inches on Hoppers. An 18 inch fish in a creek you can pee across is as good as it gets. We also spent two days on Eastern Oregon's Owhyee river chasing Browns. Wow, what a place! The largest fish of the trip came my last day on that tailwater. I'll put some pictures up on the photos page from the trip.
-July 9th, 2003
-I guided a trip today and can report that the day time fishing can be summed up by the phrase, "a little here and a little there". The evening fishing can be summed up simply, by one word, "WHACK". Tie some new bugs and get a good drift tight to the bank! Our reports from Grandma's Lake have been good. Catch rates aren't as high as earlier in the season, but 30+ fish versus 50+ fish per day doesn't put the angler off to badly. We're off to the Green River in Utah for some hogg chasing, but we'll check our email each day. We have many summer dates to fill, so don't hesitate to contact us.
-July 3rd, 2003
-Our guided trip yesterday went well, especially the evening summer stone toss. The day time nymphing produced a fish or two here and there throughout the day. We managed to also catch several on both Caddis and hoppers on top during the heat of the day. If you haven't experienced an evening dry fly whack fest with large dry attractors, give me a call, your in for a treat! If your fishing on your own be careful wading; the YAK is at its summer time high flow to satisfy the need for irrigation water in the Kittitas and Yakima Valleys. If you have a boat offer the bows some creative hand tied patterns, they're more likely to give it a whack. See you soon, David (509-962-5523).
-June 26th, 2003
-We are at the start of a "Whack Fest". I guided the last two days and yesterday was awesome! I have many dates available in the next few weeks and encourage you to book. The daytime nymphing is still producing, big time. Pace yourself if your going out for the full day so that you can fish hard into the evening. I've been encouraging people to take advantage of our half-day rates lately. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
-June 24th, 2003
-The Yakima is in great shape; clarity is good and the Yak bows are eager to eat your stone nymph, beadhead trailer, & caddis--our summer stone whack fest is just starting. It's time to wet wade and enjoy the summer. High number fish days can be had for the decent casting anglers who can manage a drag free drift with a tandem nymph set-up at the appropriate depth. Those who prefer the dry fly festivities will be rewarded in the evenings. Try some new bugs on top and tie up some hopper/stone (size 6-10) fly creations to fool the bows. Let's go fishin'.
-June 22nd, 2003
-We've returned form Olle Montana way and boy o boy did we hit the salmon flies! I'll simply say we had the time of our lives. Browns, Bows, Cuttie's, Cutt-bows, and Bull Trout on the big dry. You have 8 more days to capitalize on floating Rock Creek outside of Missoula. The river will be closed to boaters July 1st. The word on the street is that the salmon flies and golden stone fishing is heating up on the Blackfoot. In between my guided trips I'll be chasing the hatch. I'll be guiding trips on the Yakima this week and we have several groups checking in and out of G-Ma's Lake, so life is good. We'll have an update on the Yakima River tomorrow, so for now review the previous report and check the flows from my homepage.
-June 13th, 2003
-I guided a float yesterday in the lower canyon and the nymphing was very good. We caught fish consistently throughout the day, nymphing, stone nymphs, and small BH trailers (14's & 16's). We concentrated on the fishy riffles and pushed through the frog water. At this velocity, cover more miles of river and fish hard, you'll be rewarded. Most of our fish were in the 10 to 14 inch range, but we got some hogs up to 17.5 inches. I've been measuring more fish lately to over come the classic fly fisherman's exaggerations. The nymphing brought most of our results but our midday PMD and evening Caddis toss produced a dozen fish to the boat and the largest fish of the day. It came midday on a PMD emerger fished below a dun. We had fun fishing, enjoyed some steaks, saw some deer, and discussed the finer points of life; all in all an excellent day on the water. This week we've also been on the upper river and below Roza. Fishing was best in the canyon, but all 3 of our floats had their highlights. Tuesday Travis hooked a monster above Cle Elum. Wednesday we saw nearly a dozen beaver, and we scratched up the boat to kingdom come doing a very rough launch. All in all this has been a great week fishing and we look forward to the entire summer to fish you down the YAK.
-Jaclyn (my wife) and I will be graduating from CWU tomorrow and extend an open invitation to everyone who has or plans to fish with us to please send gifts (preferably $$$). Ha, Ha, Ha, seriously fishing gear will also be just fine! Our plans are to stay here in Ellensburg, take people fishing, start & complete my graduate research (fisheries stuff), and raise our family. I've always believed that life is what happens while your making future plans, and you know that's how the pickle squirts (famous quote from my dadio).
-June 9th, 2003
-The Yakima River/Ditch has risen to summer levels and should fish well as it stabilizes. The summer levels are held high to serve the irrigation needs of the lower Yakima River Basin. Tandem nymph rigs and evening dry fly action will be the order of the day. Our summer stones are right around the corner.
-G-Ma's Lake is fishing awesome! Saturday we had an angler bring in the largest bow of our 2003 season, a 36 incher!! We haven't had a ton of bookings lately, so it is in prime shape. At 3800 feet the lake will fish well through the summer, so we'd love to have ya.
-May 31st, 2003
-I guided a float in the canyon yesterday and the overcast skies helped our YAK bows in their chow fest on PMD's and Caddis. A well presented Yellowish body Dun or adult Caddis followed by an emerger was very productive. Having a boat is key and knowing the hot spots helps a ton. We enjoyed some great grub, sight seeing, comical discussions, and most importantly good fishing. A day on the water is, has been and will continue to be an incredible comfort to the chaos of day to day life.
-May 28th, 2003
-The Yakima is on the drop after some warm weather released some snow pack. I floated last night and clarity was a bit off but the bows still enjoyed a few of our caddis and streamers. The anglers willing to stay out "till the cows come home" will find willing caddis slurpers. The fish on the dry won't travel far for your bug and need a good presentation right down there feeding lane. We've been out of town for nearly a week checking people in and out of Grandma's Lake & Lodge and can report that that the fishing has been awesome. There were nearly a dozen fish landed over 20 inches and the 2 largest taped in at 28 and 30 inches. Keep posted to the photos page. I'll get some pictures up there. If you've considered fishing private still waters please consider Grandma's Lake, it's quite a gem!
-May 21st, 2003
-The fishing at all of our destinations is SMOKIN! Grandma's Lake is producing high number fish days and Kamloops up to 26 inches. The Yakima is flat out awesome for match the hatch dry fly tossing! We're having high number fish days and have been boating some hoggs. Learn to read the rise forms and come prepared to toss both the dry and the emerger. It's a great time to be alive and kicken!!!
-May 17th, 2003
-The last week has been busy, busy. We've got groups going in and out of Grandma's Lake and Lodge and float trips down the Yakima. I guided a drift yesterday in the lower canyon and the PMD, Blue Wing and Caddis dry fly fishing was goooooood. It was a bit of a crazy day for weather, hail, heavy rain, light rain, haze, sun, clouds, a little wind; a bit of everything. It was fun! The rising trout we worked needed the right presentation. They wanted a drag free drift right down the lane that they were feeding in. They were not willing to move much for the fly. Getting the cast in the right spot and the timing down on the hook set is vital to your success on the river right now. Each fish needs to be approached with the right cast to deliver the fly correctly, be it a pile, reach or whatever kind of cast, be creative and mind your slack line, so you are always ready for the slurp. I'll be guiding trips on the Yakima the next several days and will keep you up to speed on river conditions. The largest bow caught at G-Ma's Lake this week has so far been 24 inches. Anglers are reporting very high number fish days, with a mixed bag of kamloops and browns. The lake is fishing awesome! We are trying to spread the word about this private lake and lodge and need your help. Tell all your buddies!! It is the greatest place. When we get clients up there, they are grinning from ear to ear. We have many openings up to the lake and lodge as well as on the YAK, give me a call at 509-962-5523 or email me to reserve your date.
-May 12th, 2003
-I guided a float down the upper canyon on Saturday and can report that the morning fishing was pretty tough, but the afternoon and evening fishing was good. But we did have to work for them. We noted the following bug activity; Caddis, Skawlas, Salmon Flies, March Browns, and PMD's. The upper YAK bows were keyed in to a good drag free drift put in the right spot (foam lines, inside seams etc.). There was an incredible amount of boats on the YAK this weekend, I'm sure a good time was had by all. The Yakima is flowing fairly low for this time of year and is in great shape for Spring match the hatch fishing. This next week is pretty booked, but I do have many openings for the following weeks in May. We were up at G-Ma's Lake and Lodge this last week for several days of some gooooooood fishing. The Browns and Rainbows are eager to eat your fly.
-April 27th, 2003
-The Kittitas Valley received a good deal of rain on Friday night and Saturday which affected the clarity and flows of the YAK, especially from Wilson Creek down. Despite the higher flows and increased water velocity we did pretty well working several pods of rising trout with Caddis and BWO's. We also found some willing hoggs fishing streamers in the off color water. Clarity has increased since yesterday and the river is in great shape. The weather is beautiful today, the canyon walls are green, fishing is on and it will get better from here. We'll be wet wading and enjoying short sleeves and summer fishing right around the corner.
-April 23rd, 2003
-The good olle YAK has been good to us. Depending on where you are in the system, the March Browns, Blue Wings, Caddis, Salmon Flies and salmon smolts are attracting attention. We've been tossing dries all day long on some of our trips and mixing it up a bit on others, utilizing drag free tandem nymph rigs and streamers. I have an open day this weekend and many more dates to fill for April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December and so on, so shoot me an email or give me a call at 509-962-5523. There are still several dates available for Grandma's Lake this May. The lake just thawed out last week, so it will be good to go for the 1st of May. We will be up there early in the month filming a show, so we're as excited as a two peckered pup, ha ha, ha, let's go fishin'. My computer recently crashed and I lost a ton of contact information for many people interested in guided trips, so if we were corresponding about a possible date drop me a quick note so I can follow up further.
-April 19th, 2003
-The river has fished good for our trips; Thursday was the toughest day with the wind, rain and not quite as eager trout, while Friday fished great. The Caddis, Blue Wings and Marchies are attracting the attention of our YAK slurpers. The Caddis emergence around 11am yesterday was great for sight casting to rising bows and the same can be said for the Blue Wings around 1 to 3pm. Last night we parked on some pods who were casually slurping some Caddis and we got one of the largest bows I've seen lately, a true 18 incher, yahooooo!
-April 16th, 2003
-I guided a short float today and we hit 2 hours of consistent March Brown dry fly fun. The river is in great shape above Wilson Creek, and a little off color below, but it's fishin'! The canals were recently filled here in the Kittitas Valley so that will account for a bit of the added color from Wilson down. I'll be guiding everyday for the next week and will keep you up to date as to what you can expect on a guided trip.
-April 10th, 2003
-Our last several guided trips were awesome! If you like casting dries to rising trout, I strongly recommend you call and we'll get you on the books. In certain sections of the YAK the blue wings are soaring and in others the March Browns. Our big bugs (Skawla Stones) are still attracting some attention, but the bows are thinking about other food sources. If you want to wrestle a hogg, pull some streamers, big, heavy and smolty looking ones. For those of you who enjoy private lake fishing, Grandma's Lake will be open for 2003, May 1st. We still have some May dates available and encourage you to check out this quality catch and release still water, and lodge.
-April 4th, 2003
-The Yak is in great shape, and you should expect gooooooood afternoon March Brown and Blue Wing fishing!
-March 31st, 2003
-The recent warm air temperatures have caused some snow melt in the upper basin, so the YAK is currently a bit off color and big! I've rescheduled my trips. Hopefully it is a short runoff event. When it stabilizes, call or email, it would be prime time for a guided trip. The bows will be well rested from the recent fishing pressure and hungry!
-March 29th, 2003
-March 28th, 2003
-The good olle YAK is still fishin'. I guided yesterday and we had consistent dry fly fun! The bows are sipping, slamming, whacking, slurping, mouthing, taking, eating, chowing down, sucking, and walloping March Browns in the 12pm to 2pm window. The Blue Wings and the Skawla's are also attracting attention. The Yakima River show on Northwest Outdoors will air tonight (the 28th), check out their website at www.northwestoutdoors.org and check channel listings for your area.
-March 26th, 2003
-The fishing continues to be good to great depending on where you are and what your using on the river. The canyon bows are seeing a ton of Skawlas, so mix it up a bit when you float and try some new water. The catch and release section of the YAK spans much further than Ringer to Roza. The Blue Wings are coming off in the afternoon and I expect some decent March Brown action over the next few weeks. I've had a few clients reschedule their dates, so I've been out enjoying some spring fishing. I know what your thinking, boy he's got a tough life. Grandma's Lake will be open the first weekend in May and fishing will be awesome through October. The lake and lodge offers you a comfortable stay in a rustic cabin and a chance to catch big bows and browns in the 34 acre private lake. Give me a call or shoot me an email and we'll get you on the books for 2003. Northwest Outdoors had our show scheduled to air in Eastern Washington on April 4th, but some people have called to book trips and commented that they had seen the show last Friday the 24th, so I'm a bit confused. I'll keep you posted when the show is supposed to air.
-March 21st, 2003
-The last 3 days the YAK has fished awesome! The secret is out though. The bows are seeing a ton of bugs and are getting sore mouthed, so as the water clears decrease your tippet size and increase your Skawla's bugggggiiiinessss! As you float or wade also look for small groups of Blue Wing slurpers. We've been tossing dries all day and have been in heaven. I'm pretty booked for the next week and a half, but the action will continue through much of April, so if you have a date in mind call or email and we'll get your day reserved for ya.
-March 19th, 2003
-I floated today and can report that the fishing was gooood! The YAK bows are looking up for the blue wings, caddis, & skawlas. The river is still on the drop and it's in great shape. I have an opening this weekend and 2 days open next week, so give me a call at 509-962-5523 and let's get you on the books.
-March 18th, 2003
-We're back from the show and ready to fish. Thanks, to those who stopped at our booth, Jaclyn and I enjoyed shooting the breeze with everyone. The river looks to be dropping and stabilizing so we should be in good shape for our guided trips. I'll know how the fish are doing after we float tomorrow. I'll keep you posted. "Life is But a Dream" will be featured on Northwest Outdoors April 1st at 9:30pm, so tune in to see a great show on the Yakima River.
-March 12th, 2003
-We're off to the Sportsman's Show in Seattle for the rest of the week, stop by our booth and say hi! The river is rising as we speak and the weather looks like more warmer, wet days are coming. This will keep the river on the rise. The blow-out will allow the Yakima bows and their sore mouths to heal a bit from the recent fishing pressure. The river will balloon and recede throughout our spring runoff, but boy or boy, between freshet events the YAK bows will be hungry. Try hitting the desert lakes, or tie some flies, hang out with your families, or you could head over to the Sportsman's Show and we can shoot the breeze.
-March 8th, 2003
-The YAK is fishing gooood! I guided today and can honestly say the day could not have gone better, thanks for coming over the pass Russ and Rusty. We caught a lot of fish and the action was consistent, nymphing in the a.m. and tossing Skawlas in the p.m. Life is good! The Blue Wings are coming off in the 1 to 3pm window depending on where you are in the canyon, so tie some up and let' s go fishin'. I've got some dates still available for March so let's get you on the books.
-March 1st, 2003
-I've got one thing to say, SKAWLA!
-February 27th, 2003
-I guided a float today and can report that the fishing was good. The YAK bows are again looking up for the Skwala dries. The water temps. are headed up and our air temps. too. The weekend fishing should be goooood! If I were you I'd tie some Skawla dries and book me, let's go fishin'!
-February 24th, 2003
-We're back from the fly fishing show in Bellevue and can report that it was a big success. Thanks for stopping by the booth and let's go fishin'. The YAK jumped in velocity over the weekend, but it wasn't a drastic event, it will drop quickly with our cool air temperatures and fishing should be good as the river stabilizes and increases in temperature. The early season Skwala action should continue if our water temperature rises to the optimal 40-44 degree range. The weather man is calling for warmer conditions, so that will help us. Yakima River Fly Fishers plan ahead for the meeting this Saturday at the Ellensburg Inn. There will be a buffet dinner, guest speaker and auction. We've donated a trip up to Grandma's Lake and Lodge, so bring some dough and help support our chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers.
-February 18th, 2003
-It's Skawla time! Our bows are holding near the bank in shallow water and are definetly looking up for Skawla adults and subsurface for the nymph. I've been tossing both bullethead and parachute Skawla dries, size 8 and 10. If your overcoming the cabin fever jitters, then remember to let the bows eat the bug, wait, and then set. Many of the trout are taking quite slow and either chasing, swirling or slurping the bug, so patience is the key! It's also important to mind your slack line so that your always ready for the take down and hook set. The YAK bows will always hit when you least expect it. As your dead drifting over that sweet honey hole hunch down, strip in your slack line, mend, focus on the dry and WHACK, it will all pay off, fish on! When the bows aren't looking up, go subsurface. My top producing nymphs have been a beadhead stone, size 10 and a Zug Bug trailer size 14. It's time to fish, shoot me an email and let's get you out on the YAK.
-February 8th, 2003
-It's been chilly here in the Kittitas Valley and the trout are feeling it. If you come over to fish the YAK layer your fleece and toss some nymphs and streamers. I can't wait for our early season fishing-it's just around the corner. Shoot me an email and let's reserve your date. For those of you that love winter steelhead fishing the Methow River is fishing goooood! If you do head to the Methow or any fly fishing destination remember to hide your valuables. We learned that lesson the hard way today. We had close to $1800 worth of gear stolen from my car as well as a shattered window. It ended our fun!
-January 31st, 2003
-Rain on snow, and fairly warm temperatures have caused the river to jump in velocity. It's a big brown mess, but should repair quickly with the forecasted cooler temperatures. In the mean time head out to the basin in search of Rocky Ford bows, tie some flies, read a good book, hang out with your kids, give your wife some lovin', check out all the new gear for 2003 on the internet, play a Fishing CDROM game to calm your fishing urges, or most importantly book some trips for 2003 on the Yakima River or Grandma's Lake. Spring fishing is right around the corner, February, March and April offer excellent relief from the winter jitters. Shoot me an email at: email@example.com or call: 509-962-5523, let's go fishin'.
-January 21st, 2003
-It's snowing like crazy today, the extra precipitation is great for our upcoming water year. The snow pack is low, so let's hope for enough snow to keep our YAK healthy throughout the warm summer months. The river's in great shape for some winter nymphing. I was out this weekend and had a ball fishing both the YAK and a desert creek. We put miles and miles on our wading boots in search of the desert browns and tiger trout.
-January 11th, 2003
-I got out and nymphed a few riffles and swung a few streamers yesterday. I can report that the fishing was pretty slow. The water and air temperatures have been chilly! If we can get a few warmer days and some cloud cover our fishing will improve. It's a great time of the year to tie some bugs and spend some time with the family.
-January 6th, 2003
-Happy New Year! We floated the YAK last Thursday the 2nd and again today the 6th and can report that the nymphing was good and the streamer hucking was O.K. The midge dry game was very slow, not too many risers were out and about. The Yakima below Wilson Creek was running high and brown through the weekend due to our recent rain, but is now in decent shape. Clarity is increasing and today's fishing was better than I expected. We nymphed a dozen or so bows in the 10 to 15 inch range. Stone nymphs, hares ears, brassies, lightning bugs, copper johns, (try tying some red variations) Zuk Bugs, P.T.'s and olive and brown streamers have been producing for us.