Washington's Blue Ribbon Trout Stream
River Conditions Links:
Yakima River at Umtanum
Yakima River Water Temperatures
NOAA's Flow Trend Hydrologic
NOAA's Short Term Hydrologic
NOAA's Long Term Hydrologic
Yakima River Basinwide Flow
Yakima River Basin Storage
NRCS Snotel Snow- Precipitation
Mountain Pass Report
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,
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
$175 for 2 people, $150 for 1
Winter Float (4 hours) $225 for 1 or 2 anglers (Nov. 15th - Mar. 1st)
$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.
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 Dreamflyfishing.com and ask about the sportsman's rate.
What You Need to
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. High end Sage and
L.L. Bean fly
rods and Ross reels are available for a daily rod rental rate of $15
If you have Adobe's Acrobat Reader
to view our online brochure.
previous years fly fishing reports (linked above) are also a great
resource for you. We've been at it for 13 great seasons.