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The Yakima River

Washington's Blue Ribbon Trout Stream

Yakima River Conditions Links:

Ellensburg's Weather

Yakima River at Umtanum

Yakima River Water Temperatures

NOAA's Flow Trend Hydrologic Prediction, Umtanum

NOAA's Short Term Hydrologic Prediction

NOAA's Long Term Hydrologic Prediction

Yakima River Basinwide Flow Site

Yakima River Basin Storage Diagram

NRCS Snotel Snow- Precipitation Update  

Mountain Pass Report

The Yakima River in Washington is the finest trout stream in the Evergreen State, offering great rainbow trout fishing, as well as the occasional cut-bow and cutthroat.  The river starts at it's source high in the North Central Cascades and flows for miles and miles through lush forests, both pine and cottonwood, enters the farmlands of   the Kittitas Valley and floats through the famous Yakima River Canyon.  It offers nearly 80 miles of prime catch and release only fly fishing.

Fly Fishing the YAK                                                                                    

"Life is But a Dream" Guided Fly Fishing is proud to offer full day float trips, and half day float trips.  We offer guided trips year round and I will personally guarantee that you'll have a ball on the YAK!  The Yakima is famous for its spring time caddis, PMD, PED, baetis, skwala stones, march browns, salmon fly and other hatches.  The summer months are great for casting tight to the banks with your hopper or dry stone fly, this is my favorite time on the YAK.  Fall offers us great baetis hatches and all year long we'll nymph and throw the big ugly streamers to fool the trout.  Winter midge fishing can also be great for the die hards out there.  For a detailed hatch chart, click here.


Full Day Float (8-10 hours)                   $400 for 2 people, $375 for 1

Half Day Float (4-5 hours)                     $325 for 2 people, $300 for 1

Evening Float (2 hours)                         $175 for 2 people, $150 for 1                                                                        

Winter Float (4 hours)                           $225 for 1 or 2 anglers (Nov. 15th - Mar. 1st)

Booking Policy

A $50 deposit is required to secure your date.  A $100 cancellation fee will be accessed if a trip is cancelled without 24 notice.  

*Length of float is determined by day light savings time: a full day float starts in the morning and goes 8 to 10 hours, a half day float starts in the afternoon and goes 4 to 5 hours, or hits the most productive timeframe of the day.  Evening floats are meant to hit the last few hours of a mid week summer date.  When you book your date, we'll discuss when and where we'll meet.

Meal Accommodations                                                                                  

Our full day floats will offer a boxed lunch, snacks and beverages, the half day trips will have boxed snacks and non-alcoholic canned beverages only.  Evening floats will offer canned beverages only. 


Ellensburg is located in Central Washington, 1.5 hours from Seattle.  For all of the Yakima River trips we will meet here in Ellensburg.  For a detailed map of where we may float the Yakima, click here.  If you are interested in staying the night in Ellensburg we would recommend the Comfort Inn of Ellensburg (509-925-7037) or the Ellensburg Inn (509-925-9801).  Tell your hotel you are fishing with and ask about the sportsman's rate.

What You Need to Bring                                                                          

Clients need to secure a Washington State Fishing License.  I recommend bringing polarized sunglasses, waders, wading boots, a hat, sun screen, camera, rods, reels, flies (I have a ton of flies, but the "bows" love seeing new material), light jacket, and a 4, 5 or 6 weight rod.  It's nice to have two rods ready to fish per angler, a lighter rod for dries and a heavier rod for nymphs and streamers. 

If you have Adobe's Acrobat Reader click here to view our online brochure.

The previous years fly fishing reports (linked above) are also a great resource for you.  We've been at it for 15 great seasons. 

"Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily Life is But a Dream."

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Last modified: 04/08/15