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Monday, May 28, 2012

Yakima River Report-High Water and sunny weather

 Yakima River: Fishing Report 5/28/2012

Days off and opportunities to fun fish can be far and few between.  We took a look at this weekends schedule and decided to brave the crowds and weekend warriors and venture to the east side of the mountains.

Warm Weather and Beautiful Sky's

With Memorial Day being the official begining of the summer season....we cleared the books and headed to the to the east side to do some camping and of course some fishing as well.  The amazing and late snow pack in the low hills has the Yakima running at or above summer flows. 

We chose to fish the farm lands section of the river...mostly to avoid any holiday crowds.  The river was running about a third higher than usual and many of the spring time holding areas were vacant of fish.  We focused our effort on the soft water and weak sides of the current.  

Teresa surveying the run

Our approach to the day other than enjoying the warm weather, was to fish nymphs in likely high water holding spots.  The time tested and always consistant stone fly patterns like the bead head 20-inchers and pats stones, with various caddis and mayfly trailers worked best.  We were about 50/50 on fish between the stones and little bugs.  We also fished streamers on the move but found that patient nymphing in likely holding areas was the most productive.

Camera shy trout

Water temps are cold!  With the amount of snow melt and water running out of the bottom of the reservoirs.  The fishing was a little slow in the morning and improved through the day as the air and water temps rose.   
Fishing was not easy but it was consistent if you were patient and covered the likely holding water well.  This included changing depths and fly combinations in each area fished. 

healthy 14 incher

We were fortunate to have large areas of the river to ourselves and took the opportunity to shore lunch and enjoy the peace and quite the river can provide...

The fishing will continue to improve as we move into June.  The river flows should drop and become more consistent.

Good luck and tight lines,


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