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. We've
been at it for 11 great seasons.
-October 18th, 2011
-Fall fishing has been great, whether we're
fishing for smallmouth bass, which we have been,
fly fishing the beautiful Yakima River Canyon,
or floating the Klickitat River for steelhead.
My pick right now would be a Yakima River trout
trip! Our guide trips have gone well on
the YAK! The Klickitat River steelhead
game, now that's a different story, it's been
humbling, but we've had our 3 or so chances per
day. I think the steelhead game will get
better as the fall Chinook get busy building
redds, which is starting. On the Yakima
look for mayfly hatches in the afternoons, so
have a dry fly rod ready. The nymphing has
been good for us in the deeper slots pre and
post hatch. Make sure to follow us on FaceBook, I update that more often.
The page needs "likes"! I guess that's the
new thing now. When I started guiding it
was digital photography, look where we've come.
I remember scanning (with an actual scanner,
remember those?) client photos to my computer to
email guests or to put on the website.
Now, that's service! Here are some of
2001 fishing photos.
on Facebook search for Dreamflyfishing.com if
this link doesn't work.
-August 1st, 2011
-We're in summer fishing mode and we've been out
there enjoying it. Bookings are down, so
I'd welcome any and all calls or emails.
Folks have been taking advantage of our special
rate for an evening float on the YAK. It's
an option out there for the local angler wanting
to get in on some great action. Let's get
you on a date.
If you're itching to get in on a new smallmouth
fishing destination let me know. I hope to
offer multi-day floats on this incredible
stretch of stream soon. Here's a couple of
teaser photos. Call or email for details
on this July and August float trip.
-June 20th, 2011
-OK, we're a go for Yakima River trout trips.
Weekend guiding went well and the river, for the
moment, is in good shape. Expect summer
time flows, and much of our fishing to be on the
move. Don't rule out more runoff events,
as we're still sitting on full reservoirs that
will need to release water once it gets warm and
223% of normal
snowpack melts. Keep an eye on things or
let me do it for you. Feel free to call or
-May 23rd, 2011
-The Yakima River remains really high, and off
color because of a few things; we have a ton of
snow this year that still needs to melt, and a
week ago we had a really wet and wild rain
event. I've been pushing guide trips to
June for Yakima River trout. We had a
solid booking for our private lake, Grandma's
Lake, recently, and there are more brown trout
this year than in the past. We are still
trying to balance winter kills and rainbow trout
restocking, so the fishing isn't stellar, but
the group that booked had a good time up there.
If you'd like to go scope it out, let me know.
While the Yakima River has been raging I've been
having the time of my life fishing for species
I've always wanted to fish for with gear that I
never really knew how to use. Lately, I've
caught northern pike on the fly, spring Chinook salmon out of the Columbia
River, a ton of walleye and smallmouth bass at
Potholes Reservoir, some largemouth and
absolutely trophy sized crappie out in the
Columbia Basin and plan to get the boat out
there for these species more in the future,
especially the warmwater species. If you
want in on any of this action, as I develop new
trips, do let me know. Be sure to follow
us on FaceBook; it'll be the place to get in on
the fun while you sit at your computers and
dream of fish on.
-April 4th, 2011
-The YAK is out of shape for a while. We
snuck in a couple of fun trips before the big
water and will do more when the flows come down.
Runoff is just beginning, so plan your trips
based on conditions. I'll update this
fishing report when I can, but honestly it's
easier for me to use FaceBook, so I'll likely
have more to say on there in the future.
-March 21st, 2011
-Flows are going to be up and down this spring
and that's good for the smolts going out and
when flows are on that receding limb it'll be
good for all of you that want to fish away.
Look for the skwala dry fly to be good on the
warmer days. Nymph when conditions are
keeping the fish down and don't forget to tie
some March brown mayflies up, as that's the next
good hatch. This economy still needs
some stimulation, so here's my current special,
I haven't had a lot of calls or emails lately,
so will match what another guide service is
doing for March, and will offer trips for $225
until the end of the month, but you need to
remind me that I said this/that, because that's
a steal of a deal. I have this next
Saturday open; any takers? Let's go fishin!
-March 9th, 2011
-The Yakima River is in prime shape for some
nymphing and the dry skwala bite is likely
happening. I'm itching to get you out
there. As I type this I'm dreaming of fish
lips opening up around your or my skwala dry
fly. It's been a long winter! OK,
here's the skinny, I need to book some trips.
This economy needs some stimulation, so here's
my current special,
Let's go fishin!
-February 23rd, 2011
-Ditto last report! We got out for a guide
trip over this last weekend and did really well.
We hooked around 20 and landed a dozen.
The bites are light because the water is super
cold! Water temperatures have been
starting around 34 degrees and getting up to
around 37 degrees. When we get some day
time highs in the 50s again and the water gets
up to around 40 degrees I'm going to be tossing
some skwala dry flies. The word on the
street is that when we had conditions that
provided warmer water windows, earlier in the
month, some of the guides were catching fish on
dries. That's encouraging. Cold
weather and some winter storms are coming later
this week, so get your fishing in when it's
warm, and get caught up on honey dos when it's
too cold. Keep an eye on the weather and
please give us a ring on the phone, or shoot us
an email to book a trip.
-February 16th 2011
-Two thumbs way up for the Yakima River's
conditions! Call or email to get aboard.
We'll nymph and toss the big skwala dry fly
later in the afternoon. Keep in mind that
we experience the best early season dry fly
fishing, period, anywhere (my personal bias).
Catching fish on large dry flies after a long
winter is fun. It's not happening yet, but
-January 20th 2011
-Happy New Year! I hope you had a great
holiday season with family and friends.
Some of you possibly even wet a line, that's
great. We are beginning our 11th year of
guiding you on fishing adventures! We're
excited about fishing you down the Yakima and
beyond this year, so email or call for
availability. The Yakima is currently
blown out because of the recent pineapple
express and rain, but will be back down soon.
For now get ready for a great season ahead.
Be sure to check out my YouTube video on the
page. You'll see my Dad, son and I having
the time of our lives steelhead fishing on the
Upper Columbia River with Mark and Kevin Stennes,
top notch guides for