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-This is our current fly fishing report for destinations throughout Washington State, focused mostly on our main attraction, the Yakima River.  The previous years fly fishing reports (linked above) are also a great resource for you.

-November 21st, 2004

-Sorry for the delay in posts, we're back in E-burg in our new house and all is well, yahoooooo!  We hit the YAK yesterday on a float, and had to work for the handful of fish we brought to the boat.  It was not steller action.  Tossing tandem nymph rigs to inside seems, grey midges to risers, and pulling meat/streamers was our plan of attack.  The midging was the highlight.  The Yakima is in late fall to early winter mode, and will fish best on the warmer days.  We will be exploring some other destinations in the weeks to come including some steelhead options for you metal heads itching to hook into a few.  Call or email anytime and let's go fishin'. 

-From now until February 15th 2005 all of our full and half day trips are discounted by $50.  Take advantage of our off season rates!

-October 29th, 2004

-Here's a quick Yakima River and Lake Lenore update.  The YAK is in full fall mode and the bows yesterday on our guide trip were definitely willing to come out and play.  Cool morning water temperatures made it imperative for us to bounce our nymphs right in front of them.  Experience with different depths and think small when it comes to flies.  The canyon bows weren't really active until the baetis hatch and than the real fun started.  We nymphed 8 or 10 before the hatch, but during the hatch we really got into them.  We moved from pod to pod tossing duns, and emergers.  It was a rise fest.  Look for the baetis to begin there daily emergence around 2 pm each day; earlier on the warmer days and later on the cooler days. 

-We've hit Lake Lenore in the basin lately on multiple trips, and holy cow what a place.  On one day we must have whacked 25 or so tossing buggers and nymph rigs.  Sitting in the drifter and relaxing while watching your bobber go down over and over is about as good as it gets.  The best fish so far is a 26 inch hogg that had a 14 inch girth measured at the dorsal.  They've been good fighters too.  Check out the photos page for some pics. 

-I appreciate the nice emails, phone calls and gifts for baby Ila.  She's doing well and Jaclyn too.

-October 8th, 2004

-Well Jaclyn and I have landed a big one and she's a keeper.  We've named her Ila after both of my grandmothers, each of their given first names are Ila.  She's my long awaited and anticipated little girl!  I'll get some pictures up asap.

Here she is! Dean and Ila

-We've had a ball lately tossing large October caddis, cranes and small mayfly dries.  On our last two guide trips we have had 30 to 40 fish days, mostly on top.  I've been floating different parts of the river and will be guiding in the farmlands tomorrow.  With the cloudy weather currently I'm hoping for some great mayfly hatches.  Fall is prime time for fishin' the YAK.  Check out the photos page, and look closely at Clint's upper river HOGG, especially the pic in the net.  That's an honest 21 incher.  For you steelhead bums here's a recap of a little blurp I submitted to Ellensburg's paper:

-Eastern Washington's desert jewel, the Methow River is open as of October 1st for steelhead fishing.  Certain sections of the river are closed so review the WDFW press release here, http://wdfw.wa.gov/do/newreal/sep2904b.htm  Anglers can help manage the fishery and insure that wild stocks are allowed to propagate with wild stocks by keeping up to 2 adipose absent steelhead. Anglers are encouraged to keep the hatchery marked fish.  I fished the river on the opener and can report that there are probably steelhead in each likely hole, whether they're aggressive enough to eat your single barbless fly or lure is another story.  I fished for 3.5 hours on the opener, had 8 grabs, 5 fish on and landed 3.  The largest measured in at 30 inches and was a beautiful wild fish.  Please keep the wild steelhead in the water and if you are interested in taking a picture of the fish, do so without lifting the fish out of the water.  Various methods will prove to be productive in the months to come on the Methow.  Swinging streamers is my number one producer, followed by tandem nymphing under strike indicators.  The die hards out there can probably skate dry flies in the early morning hours to trigger strikes, but this is an art that certainly takes some practice.  Don't expect to be the only other angler on the Methow as the interest in the fishery is very high, and nearly every likely hole on the opener was pounded.  If you have time mid-week hit the Methow, or plan to fish with other anglers if the weekend is your only chance to fish.

-September 22nd, 2004

-Holy Craphola, sorry for the delay in posts, to say that I've been a little distracted is the understatement of the year.  I've been fishing and guiding though.  Here's what I have to report: the basin lakes are producing, the eastside steelhead streams if not open will open soon, so tie a ton of bugs and let's get err done.  As for the YAK, it's fishin'.  Flows are down and waders will find great access throughout the C&R section.  I've been focusing on sections of the YAK that don't get hit as hard (other than the lower canyon).  On my last guide trip we hit the upper and had success tossing large dries!  It's pretty much October Caddis time, be it swinging pupes, or tossing adults; hold on!  John got a great measured 17 inch pig on an October Caddis on my last trip.  Check out his pic and some others I put up from a quick trip to Southwest Montana.  We only have a few more weeks before some of our favorite small streams close, so pencil in times to fish the Naches, Cle Elum or others, either on a guided inflatable trip, walk and wade trip or on your own.  Either way, guided or not, get out and fish!  It's good for the soul, honestly a "cure all" medicine for any ailment.   

-August 24th, 2004

-Well I've been fishing a ton lately and guiding a little.  On our last guide trip we hit the first 5 hours of the day and had success tossing large dries, tandem nymph rigs, and small caddis.  Al and Allen came all the way from Illinois and North Carolina to chase our YAK bows.  On another guide trip we hit the last 5 hours of the day and brought up a ton of fish.  It was a Chernobyl show!  It was very, very hot in the Kittitas Valley, so I guided a walk and wade trip up to a mountain stream and lake.  We caught brookies in the creek and tossed dries to feeding cutties in the alpine lake.  It was a great combination trip for a walk and wade option for beating the lowland heat.  When it's hot don't overlook the high mountain streams of Eastern Washington. 

-I'll tell you what I've caught a bug, it's the Cyprinus carpio bug.  Chasing Mr. carpio in the shallow flats of the Columbia Basin has captured my attention lately.  Pound for pound they're one of the hardest fighting fish, and the flats we've been chasing them on have been beautiful.  Crystal clear water, sight casting to tailing fish, visual takes, long runs, huge fish, and sore arms.  I'm hooked!

-August 9th, 2004

-On our last guide trip we fished in the canyon and tossed large dries on the move.  We caught fish, but it was not a whack fest.  The Yakima is a great river to hone your casting accuracy skills and learn the techniques necessary to slay the trout.  Jon and Cal thanks for coming out and lets do it again!  As a side note, I've been having a ton of fun chasing brown, tiger (click here), and rainbow trout in the Columbia Basin.  Email or call if you want to get in on some great wading opportunities.  I will be guiding some walk and wade trips, as well as some Yakima River drifts in the weeks to come--I'll keep you posted. Thanks for stopping by, David

-August 1st, 2004

-Sorry for the delay in posts, we've been in the middle of moving, working, and guiding.  I finally broke down and bought my wife the new home she deserves.  It will be done soon, yahoo!  I've been fishin', but not as much as I'd like.  A couple of nights ago I guided a nine and ten year old down the canyon with their grandma.  It was a fun trip.  Seeing two eager anglers pick up the art of fly casting is a blast.  They brought a ton of fish up, had several on and landed a few.  The highlight of the trip was the hogg daddy grandma brought in.  We tossed large dries tight to the bank and parked on a few groups of fish and hucked parachute hoppers at em'.  I'd say the river is fishin' true to form for this time of the year, definitely best early or late.  Try tossing smallish sized hoppers, like size 14-10. 

-If you haven't seen the pictures of our Elk River trip, check them out!

-July 14th, 2004

-The big dry fly game, especially really early, and late in the day has definitely been worthy.  Our clients have had big smiles.  We are off to the Elk River in BC for a few days of fishin', floatin' and kicken' it.  Check back for pictures and updates. 

-July 7th, 2004

-Here's the scoop: the Yakima is fishing poor to great depending on where your at and what your throwing.  I guided way up high the other day and was disappointed in the results.  On the other hand our guide trip the other day in the lower canyon couldn't have gone any better.  Last night we fished for fun, covered some water, twitched some large dries, and tore it up.  Be creative at the vise, and tie some big olle hoppers and dry stones.  We've been tossing big dries, little dries (caddis, pmd's), and tandem nymph rigs.  Black double bead stone nymphs in a size 8 or 10 worked wonders in the "rock garden" for us on a recent trip.  Put one 3 to 4 feet below a BOBBER, attach a dropper lightning bug, and high stick it through some pocket water.  I have availability in the weeks to come give me a call at 509-962-5523 and let's "hitther'". 

-June 29th, 2004

-On our last guide trip we covered some river miles, tossed tandem nymph rigs and big dries.  The flows are up which is good for keeping water temperatures low.  Summer flow will likely remain until the first of September, which is designed to meet irrigation need.  It's been very warm here in the Kittitas Valley so fish early or late in the day, bring your shorts, drink a ton of water, and apply that sunscreen.  I'll be guiding in the lower canyon and the upper canyon in the next few days so check back for a report. 

-A special congrats is in order to Johnny Boitano for his fine choice in brides.  Marriage is a special union, Jaclyn and I send you our best. 

-June 17th, 2004

-Well the streamer bug hit me again the other day, and I had my guys tossing meat.  Whoaaa, Brandon and Bob nice work pulling the meat on the upper YAK!  Stimulators also produced for us.  I'll be guiding in the lower canyon tomorrow and will let you know how it goes.

-We've had a death in the family and will be rescheduling several of next weeks trips, sorry guys.  Keep the bookings coming.  Let's go fishin'!

-June 14th, 2004

-Flows are low for this time of the year.  Nymphing has been very good for us!  We've had trips out on the lower canyon and the upper river.  If you put your time in you'll catch fish, it's not easy money though, you've got to work for them.  Drop an emerger off your Caddis or PMD, it's worked for us.  Try some big dries on the move too.  Let's hope we get some more water in the system or come summer time the water temps. are going to be very, very warm.  Irrigation releases bumping the flows will also be a good push for the smolts that need to get busy out migrating. 

-June 7th, 2004

-We had 3 parties out for guided trips over the last week, and we had a ball.  June 1st was the general opener for all Washington streams, so with the runoff mostly over, the creeks are in good shape for some dry fly fun.  Bring a handful of stimi's, elk hairs, adams, and wulfs and fish like a wild man/women.  The Yak fished mighty fine for us this week.  On a "just for fun" float early in the week we pulled meat for the upper river hoggs and caught a few, but didn't whack em.  The guide trips on the YAK went well.  We tossed nymph rigs on the move, from the boat anchored up, and while wading.  Nymphing the first part of the day appears to be the best option right now.  Tossing yellow sallies, x-caddis, and caddis pupae also produced for us.  Spend more time fishing the evening bight, we're nearly in summer mode!  Tie up some big dries, we're almost there.  Look for flows to increase as irrigation releases will continue to be released from Cle Elum Reservoir.  Big water is our friend though, especially when you consider that it will be easier for you to read the water.  Most of the fish will hugg the banks.  Ahh big bugs tight to the bank, my favorite!  Too many people figure that summer flows are bad for fishing.  It is not.

-May 30th, 2004

-Ditto to everything that I said in the last two reports.  The river is in prime shape.  It hasn't pumped up due to irrigation need yet, so that's a plus.  Yesterday we had about as fine of a trip as we could have possibly had.  We hit a nice PMD emergence, tossed the big bugs on the move, dropped some nymphs off our dries, and pulled the BIG UGLY.  I've been on a streamer kick lately, and it's been fun!  The largest fish measured in at 18 inches (a Golden Stone dry fly fish), and we had 4 over 15 inches including a beauty of a Cuttie.  The rest of the fish were the everyday fish in the 8 to 12 or 13 inch range.  At different times throughout the day the wind was pretty extreme, but the cottonwood galleries help keep the wind at bay.  Keep in mind that the catch and release section is much larger than the 20 or so miles downstream of E-burg.  Try some new water, avoid the crowds and fish like a wild man/woman.  If your a hard working angler that wants to pull meat, toss tandem nymph rigs, gigantic dries tight to the bank (with or without a dropper), and are willing to learn how to use a soft action rod to deliver a tiny dry to a rising YAK fish, than your my type of angler.  By all means call me if you want a guide, because I want to fish with you!  Yesterday I fished with the finest example of clients that fit the bill of the willing/able angler.  They fished like wild men/women in 20mph wind with gusts of 40, and I love em for it!  Way to go!

-May 25th, 2004

-Well I've been fighting one heckholla of a cold.  There were 3 complete days that went by where I was voiceless.  In spite of that cold I got a YAK hogg (pic above) that whacked the olle "BIG YANK" on the strip.  We call fishin' streamers the BIG YANK.  Keep in mind the simple fact that the large piscivorous Yakima River cutts and bows enjoy the out migrating smolts about as much as our good old friend - Mr. Pikeminnow.  We've had guided trips out on the lower and upper Yakima and the trips have gone well.  Nymphs, big dries, little dries, and the BIG YANK have been the ticket.  Check below for a few weather and hatch details that will help you as you plan your trip to the YAK.  Now pray that I'll shake this sick bug, thanks, David.

-May 17th, 2004

-Cloudy, rainy, ohh yeah that's what I like!  Bring on the clouds, intense Caddis, PMD, and Blue Wing hatches.  Fishin' is gooooood, and our clients are having a ball.  The other day we launched the boat, rowed over to a nymphing run, and pulled 15 or so trouts out.  That's what it's been like.  Nymph a little pre hatch and toss the dries until you drop!  The sooner you get the drag free presentation down, the better you'll do.  See you on the river.  We'll have several guide boats out this week to chase the YAK bows.  As a side note, bring a rain coat, and watch the flows.  It has been rainy.

-May 12th, 2004

-The YAK looks to be in great shape and it is caddis and PMD time.  I'll know more over the next few days as we will have guests out on the river.  I'll keep you posted.  In the meantime, check out the pics from out Montana getaway.

-May 3rd, 2004

-Fishin' is on and I mean on.  On my last trip I had two of the most experienced anglers out there.  They were young at heart at 87 and 74 years respectively, and boy ohh boy did we get the hook ups!  Thanks for coming out.  Get out and fish conditions are great for some Caddis action, and way down in the canyon a light PMD emergence has begun.  Many of these hatches will start way down low and work from Roza Dam upstream.  For the Caddis have some X-Caddis, Elk Hairs, Sparkle Pupa's and other tan and olive bodied patterns tied up in sizes 12 through 16.  For the PMD's get busy with light bodied comparaduns, sparkle duns, parachutes, cripples, and emergers.  Try a beedless pheasant tail as your dropper for the PMD emerger or be creative at the vise; there's some great patterns out there.  The PMD's will become a major focus for these fish as May progresses, and the Caddis will continue as a main food source--what a bug!

-The river has jumped a bit in flow, a little is fine, but keep posted to the hydrographs. 

-We're off to Montana to try and time some pre-runoff/break in runoff fun.  We'll try to hit the Bitterroot near Darby and the Clark Fork above Missoula.  If all else fails and the rivers are brown, we'll head to the MO.  In any event I've got some time off, and I'm going to enjoy a little R & R.  I'll have a report when we get back. 

-May 1st, 2004

-Wow, gorgeous warm weather, light winds and CADDIS BLIZZARDS!  Yesterday we fished a two fly set up all day and caught fish after fish.  Dan and Jim that was one of my most memorable trips.  The X-Caddis and the Sparkle Pupa took care of business. 

-As a side note, I fished the other day and rolled, hooked, and fought a whopper (20+).  They're out there and spring is a great time to get em'.  The river is in prime shape, low and clear for this time of year.

-We'll be at it again today and I'll let you know how it goes.  Also, keep posted to the pictures pages, as I will be updating them as soon as I can get to it.  Let's go fishin'.

-April 26th, 2004

-A high pressure system has moved in, bringing near record high temperatures and bright blue skies.  It's been good for the Caddis and has slowed the March Brown and Baetis intensity, but believe you me we're fishin'!  Our last guided trip could have honestly not gone any better.  Chris got his largest bow on the YAK, and it was a big fish after big fish day.  Dries, Dries, Dries, Dries!  Refer back to the previous report for some other useful data, and let's hope the river holds with the warm air temperatures and melting snow pack. 

-April 24th, 2004

-Finally some spring type weather, and I'm loving it.  This may sound odd but when I say spring type weather I mean really cloudy, spitting rain, hail, cool air temperatures, sun, and wind all in the course of a day.  That's what I like about spring, and so do the bugs, especially our foul weather friend the baetis.  Yesterday I guided a trip on the YAK and we had consistant dry fly fun from start to finish, including a baetis hatch that was hot and heavy for a solid hour or two.  We worked several pods of risers and were very successful with both duns and emergers.  Pre-baetis we searched with Marchies & Caddis and picked up a few nice fish.  Post-baetis it was a Caddis game and WOW!  That's all I'm gonna say about that!  Let's just say we're fishin' and catchin'; be on the water from 11am to 3pm and you'll be grinnin'. 

-I had a proud moment earlier this week.  Jaclyn and I were out for a little float in the new boat and hit a great March Brown emergence in that 1pmish window.  I anchored on some slurpers and we both were tossing our bugs over there when WHAM mister big bow whacked me.  I hooked up and traded spaces with my wife so I could fight this beauty from the front of the boat.  She went to the back of the boat and tossed her bug over and whackolla-fish on, double.  She landed her nice sized rainbow, popped the hook out and jumped in the rowers bench to row me on over to the soft water close to the bank, she then jumped out and netted my bow.  The fish was as beautiful as a rainbow could get, and the wife, well let's just say I'm confident I've got quite a catch. 

-On a side note, I've been offered and I've excepted a fisheries biologist position, so I will be guiding when I can, mostly on the weekends.  Keep calling and emailing, I enjoy your correspondence.  We will be booking trips for many of our other guides when I'm unavailable to spend a day with you. 

-April 19th, 2004

-Things are going about as good as they can on the YAK.  We've been concentrating on the March Brown hatches mid day and have been having the time of our lives.  My last guided trip went well enough so that we caught our fill and rowed on down to the launch.  It was a feeling like, hmm we slayed em'.  The river is in prime shape for some spring fishing.  March Brown, Caddis, Baetis and other bugs will draw attention from the YAK bows.  We've been fishing all dries, but I imagine the fish will surely eat your nymph rigs.  The Caddis emergence in the lower canyon has been awesome too.  Get out there and fish, it's time!

-April 16th, 2004

-Yahoo, we're catching again.  Lately we've been doing a lot of fishin', but now we're catchen'!  I guided a half day float today, and we brought a good number of Yak bows, a couple of Cut-bows and a real fat 14 inch Westslope Cutthroat to the boat.  We fished my March Brown pattern the entire time and had a ball.  Plan to be in your honey holes from 12pm to 3pm or so and look for risers.  We'll be at it again tomorrow and I'll let you know how it goes.

-As a side note, I had some business to take care of over Ephrata way and tossed the pram in the back of the truck.  Boy I'm glad I did.  I fished Lenore for an afternoon, and wrestled some of those Lahontan Cutthroat Hoggs!  I got a couple two footers and several others just under.  It was fun!

-April 12th, 2004

-Well as promised, here's the update for Saturdays trip; it didn't happen we rescheduled.  I did break away for a little boat ride with the wife and little monkey (baby Dean) though, fishin' was non existant, but riding down the river in the new boat was mighty fine!  I'll be out tomorrow and will try to time it right to hit the Marchies.  In addition to all of the reasons listed below for the tough fishin' conditions, let's add--bye bye Skwalas, hello Marchies, Caddis, Baetis, soon PMD's etc. (especially on those cloudy nasty days), yahoo!  These fish seem to be in a transition.  A break in the warm air temperatures and blue skies is slated for tomorrow, and I'm as excited as a two peckered pup.

-April 9th, 2004

-I just got back from one of the toughest days fishin' I've seen on the Yakima River.  Don and Greg you fished hard, next time we'll whack em.  On a positive note the weather has been beautiful to say the least, and the river is up a bit, but clarity is still pretty good.  We pulled streamers, tossed nymphs, big dries and small dries with little success.  I've got a trip on the books for tomorrow on the YAK, but will probably head to the basin for some creek fishin' instead.  I'll keep you posted as to how it goes, and whether we end up on the YAK or out in the desert. 

-The YAK bows need a little rest from the fishing pressure, spawn phase, moon phase, fairly high air temps., and higher flow.  Keep in mind that the YAK will always fish better on the drop (falling limb displayed on the hydrograph). 

-On another positive note, I tore away from some grad. studies earlier this week and waded one of my favorite spots.  Between 12pm and 2pm I brought a dozen trouts to hand.  I hit a March Brown Emergence, albeit quite light, but productive.  The fish were interested in both the duns and the cripples I tossed there way on light tippet.

-April 5th, 2004

-Our trips went well this last weekend.  Friday we stuck to dries and streamers mostly fished on the move, and we caught fish, but it was not "rock em sockem".  Saturday was a different story, and I think it was the partly cloudy skies that did the trick.  We had a very high number fish to the boat day, and Dan boated his largest bow on the YAK.  He was nearly 18 inches long and slurped the Skwala like a pro.  We had several people catch there first YAK bows this weekend and it was great to have Dan catch his largest.  It's great to see people enjoy a day on the water away from the infernal machine (PC) we all sit in front of in the office day to day.

-We had one experience that I thought I'd share.  Larry and I were sitting on a grassy island timing the rise forms of a baetis slurper when I had a Skwala climb up my arm.  I picked it up and gave it a good toss over to the foam line where the fish had been rising.  We watched the bug float right down into that bows mouth.  Larry than floated his bug down there and experienced the same reaction from the fish.

-As for bugs, toss skwalas on the move, park on rising fish slurping baetis or small caddis, and look for March Browns.  On Friday we parked on some slurping fish that were on the light March Brown emergence.  Certain zones of the YAK will produce better hatches of the Marchies in the weeks to come.  On the cloudy days be poised and ready standing in your favorite haunt.  The hatch should start around 12:30 or 1:00pm and last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes or so.  The March Brown hatch is my favorite of the year!

-I put some pics of our new boat on the photos page, check it out.  I'm a happy camper!

-March 30th, 2004

-Jaclyn and I are back from a little getaway to South Eastern Idaho and have returned with some fishing tales, a new 2004 Ro Drift Boat, and some big fish pictures.  I'll tell you what, our new boat is a sight to behold.  It's really beautiful; we will definitely be riding in style this season in the best rowing craft on the market.  We floated the lower Henry's Fork while we were in Idaho and caught some nice browns pulling streamers.  The best fishing is still a ways out for that system.  I'd call Royce Klinger with the Three Rivers Ranch if your planning a trip and need an excellent guide.  He sales drifters and skiffs with Ro Drift Boats, and is one heck of an angler and all around good guy.  On the way home we spent a day on the Owhyee River in Eastern Oregon and boy ohh boy if you want to catch some serious browns, that's the place.  Check our photos page for some pics.

-The Yakima appears to be in great shape, the hydrographs look favorable and steady.  Conditions for continued spring fishing look very favorable.  I'll be guiding several trips later this week and will report back as to how it goes.  Over the next few weeks tossing large Skwala dries, looking for rising fish on Caddis, Baetis, and the soon to emerge March Brown Mayflies, will be the tactics.  I'll keep you posted, thanks for checking back.

-March 25th, 2004

-The river came up a little and the bows tightened their lips a bit on our guided trip the other day.  We still rose a fair amount of fish and landed some beauties, but we were not rockin "n" rollin.  Matt, Dave, Jim and Gary you fished hard, thanks for coming out.  We had one unique experience that has stuck in my mind and I want to share it with you all.  Dave tossed his Skwala tight to the bank the other day, got it stuck in a tree, gave it a yank, the line broke and the bug dropped into the water.  It floated perfectly drag free right into the mouth of a 14 to 15 inch bow.  He'll have a belly ache.  Ahh the power of a drag free drift!  After about 4:30 or 5:00 pm the bows became a lot less willing to come up to the big bug fished on the move, so we pulled some streamers, and Matt picked up a great 15 inch fatty to end the day on.  All in all a good day on the water with a few less fish to the boat as we've had lately, but enough action on top to keep it entertaining.  The fishing will be the best on the warmer days, especially when the nuclear Kittitas Valley winds are fairly calm.  Blue Wings and Caddis are starting to really show up in a few zones in the river, so get busy at the vise, and let's go fishin'.

-March 22nd, 2004

-I'll tell you what, it's nice to be fishin'--and I mean gooooood fishin'!  Cover some water, toss your dry flies, be patient on the slow risers, and ready to strike hard on the slash "n" burners.  It's Skwala time!  The morning fishing has been tough with a capital "T", but the afternoons have been very worthy.  The weather has been beautiful; today we must have gotten up to nearly 70 degrees here in the Kittitas Valley.  The cool night time temperatures have kept the snow pack in check, for now.  If anything changes I'll keep you posted, but for now we're sitting pretty.  On our guided trips we've been having high number fish to the fly and fish to the boat days.  On a personal note I broke my record today for the largest fish caught with my little 6 foot 2 weight I built a couple of years ago.  The brilliant O. Mykiss measured in at a girthy 18 inches, and boy oh boy was he hot to trot on that little rod, jumping all over the place and stripping line like crazy.  Boy it was fun!

-I'll be guiding again tomorrow and we'll keep you posted as to how we do. 

-Pretty soon we'll be fishin' in our new 2004 Ro drifter.  It well be finished this weekend and ready for next weeks trips.  I just booked the maiden voyage today, we'll open up some sparkling apple cider, and fish in style.  If you haven't seen a Ro drift boat, you'll want to see it.  I've guided out of both Hyde's and Clacka's, rowed several inflatables, different glass boats, and wooden boats.  The Ro is the finest rower of them all.

-March 19th, 2004

-We floated in the canyon today and had decent success tossing big dries tight to the bank.  The takers were spread out, so if your drifting be ready to cover some water.  For fly selection switch it up until you find a decent producer.  Stimulators, Parachute Madam X, standard Madam X, Bugmeisters, Bullet Head Skwala, Chernobyls, Trudes, Stimi Chew Toys, and Wolfs varying in sizes 6-12 will produce for you.  Tie some up in olives, tans, light yellows, and royal color variations.  Visit www.montanafly.com for great pictures that will guide your fly tying.  Another great resource for flies is www.hillsdiscountflies.com.  Jim will hook you up with some great patterns for Spring fishing.  It's time to stock up; March Browns are almost here, Baetis hatches will intensify in the weeks to come, Caddis blizzards will be buzzing, and the PMD's will soon be here.  Bye bye winter hello spring time fishin'! 

-I'll be guiding tomorrow and have several trips in the next few days, so I'll keep you posted as to how we do.

-Until all the Department of Interior (BOR, USFWS, BLM etc.) websites are re-instated (some crazy federal court stuff) use the USGS gauging stations, here's a link for Umtanum, Click Here.  The river is currently in prime shape, on the drop and clarity is mighty fine!

-March 15th, 2004

-We're back in business.  She's running a bit high, but clarity looks good--let's go fishin'!

-March 11th, 2004

-The River has risen and clarity is compromised.  We've rescheduled our trips.  The Hydrographs show the freshet is at it's peak, as the river drops be ready because it's Skwala Time!  Let the river get down to 1800 (in the canyon) or so and we'll be rockin n rollin.  The runoff event was forecasted but exceeded NOAA's expectations, check out this link for the details: Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.   As another option there's a few floats above the Teanaway confluence that are great spring fisheries, especially if you like to toss the "BIG YANK", Wham!  I'm planning to clean my pram up for some stillwater fishin' this weekend.  There's plenty of open/ice free water to drag buggers in.  Let's go fishin'.

-February 28th, 2004

-We've hit the YAK the last two day and caught fish, but it was hard work.  We nymphed in the off color water utilizing drag free drifts, stone nymphs, and san juan worms.  Ahh the power of the wormy in off color water!  Streamer fishing was fair both days.  We had many bows in the 14 to 16 inch range to the boat on the "big YANK", be creative at the bench in combining streamers with say black and yellow, white and olive, or brown and yellow color combinations.  Use a size 6XL Streamer hook, a cone head, some lead wraps, bunny strips, marabou, hackle, thread, chenille, and bamm, you've got an awesome attractor/baitfish pattern.  Use the double whammy as your guide, and don't forget the power of the swing in cold water.  Today's beautiful sunny weather made for a great chance for Russ and Rusty to enjoy a guided trip.  We saw Bald Eagles, Mule Deer, and Rainbows eating our Skwala Dries.  That's right I said we saw Rainbows chow our Skwala dries.  We did not whack them, but we brought 9 up on the big dries today.  Yahoo, we are on the verge of Skwala whack fest 2004.  I have availability in the weeks to come.  It's time!  Check out all the new photos, and thanks for stopping bye.  Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads this, if you do, let me know who you are, I'm always willing to shoot the breeze about the sport we all love, shoot me an email.

-February 24th, 2004

-Things are looking good for Yakima River fishing.  The hydrograph has remained stable.  The warming air temperatures will help stimulate a little dry fly action (midges, Blue Wings, and Skawla's) and before you know it, we'll have a dry fly whack fest on our hands--FISH ON!  For you steelhead enthusiasts a few desert streams continue to produce late season summer run fish.  I brought 2 to hand the other day, and my grin was, and continues to be, from ear to ear.  Let me know if you'd like further details about some steelhead destinations, shoot me an email.  I've been pleased with the way things are looking for 2004.  We have more trips on the books than any of the last 4 seasons at this stage of the game.  Please keep em coming, the dates for Grandma's Lake and Lodge are booking up.  If you'd like to visit this quality pay lake and lodge between April 15th and June 15th give us a call (509-962-5523).  This will be the last year the lake will be open to guests. 

-February 16th, 2004

-Today we enjoyed the snow, rain, sleet and cool air temperatures streamside while catching YAK bows.  We floated in the lower canyon and caught our fish slow retrieving cone-head buggers from the drifter and on nymph rigs while wading a few likely holes.  The weather was a bit dreary and wet.  I'm sure I'll wake up with a frog in my throat tomorrow, but it was great to be on the water fishin'.  Any chance to get out there and C&R some quality fish is worthwhile.  Look for the warmer days to produce the best fishing, but don't let bad weather keep you from enjoying a day on the water, and remember we will be rewarded with excellent spring fishing SOON!  This hobby/addiction/passion/art/sport/ we call fly fishing is the real deal, and I love it. 

-My wife, baby Dean and I are glad that we've been able to host a few of you down the YAK, up to our private lake and lodge, or on one of our walk and wade trips.  We look forward to the chance to serve you in 2004, keep the bookings coming. 

-February 9th, 2004

-The YAK is in great shape.  The cool air temps. caused our YAK bows to be a little sluggish for us over the weekend, but we caught fish and had a good time.  The highlight of this weekends fishin' was a true blue 17 inch fatty on the swing.  Swinging streamers and tossing stone nymphs remains the name of the game.  Midging fish can be found on the warmer days.  If we could get some warm air temps. the Skawla dry fly game will occur.  It's still two or so weeks out there, but last year at this time we were rising fish on the big dries.  Keep the bookings coming for spring dates and thanks for checking back, David

-January 30th, 2004

-The river has dropped into shape.  One of the best times to hit the YAK is after a runoff event as it settles--come on over.  Today was a beautiful sunny day.  It was a bummer to be in the office, but the days spent at the desk make the days on the water all the more enjoyable.  We'll be floating the river this weekend and will update the fishing report as to how it goes.  We've had many bookings for the Yakima throughout the spring and up at Grandma's Lake lately, keep em coming!  Now is the time to plan your spring getaway. 

-January 30th, 2004

-The river has doubled in flow, look for steady flow before you plan your next trip!  I've got a couple of good Yakima River Conditions Links above that will help you find discharge at different points along the river.  They're a good resource for fisherman.  Look at your calendars for March - May, let's get you out there for some spring action!

-January 19th, 2004

-The Yakima is again fishable, and the nymphing isn't half bad.  We were out floating in the canyon on Saturday the 17th, and wading again today.  It's great to have a winter spot to wet a line.  If you're floating make sure your 4X4 is in good working condition.  Putting in and taking out is a chore with all of the snow and what's left of the ice shelfs, especially in the lower canyon from Lmuma (Squaw) Creek downstream.  Many of the launches including the slab are extremely difficult to launch at and nearly impossible to take out at.  We've been tossing tandem nymph rigs around 3 to 5 feet below a yarn indicator.  Try to tie your leaders so that one fairly small (3X - 5X) piece of tippet runs from the bobber to the lead fly.  One piece of tippet material between the lead fly and the bobber will help your rig sink faster, and will produce better results for you.  Beadhead, conehead, double bead, and other weighted stone fly nymphs ranging from size 8 to 12 are great lead flies.  My favorite dropper nymphs include the P.T., Prince, and Copper John (size 14 - 20) in both bead and non beadhead versions.  Try to get the longest drift you can, and drag free is the key!  Expect some action when your out there, but you will not knock them dead.  I fished for 2.5 hours today and had around 8 or 10 fish on, a few other biters, and landed a hand full.  Sometimes it's good to know what to expect if you plan a trip.  I encourage you to harvest the whitefish you catch as the biomass of the Yakima is dominated by both the whitefish and the suckers.  The winter season helps keep the population in check.

-I've got dates available throughout the rest of the winter season.  I just started a new fisheries job, and have a fairly flexible schedule, so if you want to fish we can get you on the books.  This is a great time to take advantage of our winter rates, and calm that cabin fever.  This is also the time to plan ahead for the late February through March Skawla stone fly festivities.  The best fishing of the season will be here soon! 

-January 7th, 2004

-The Yakima River is iced up in several places, stay home, dig out from the storm, and recover from deep freeze 2004.  The weather man is forecasting warmer weather, but watch out we may see an increase in flow, hopefully not like the floods of 1994 and 1996.   Check out some pictures of the Yakima River freeze, click here.  I've revamped the website, and continue to spruce it up.  Let me know if you run into any trouble navigating it, or if you have any comments--shoot me an email.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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