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Name: swies Date: November 17, 2016 Rating:
 
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Hit Smiley Rock (Pac-Man) above the Roza after work with a long time friend. 1st bite in 10 minutes. Ended up at 6 bites between us, 2 10" rainbows and another at 16". All were released easy for another day.
Bounced grey / brown nymph off the bottom. Tried gold and red but no luck on them.
Also, 2 Eagles at the nest, a dozen Sheep, 6 Deer and an otter or 2. Beautiful day that ended at 4:30 a little chilly.

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Name: swies Date: October 18, 2016 Rating:
 
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Tried Fly Fishing for the first time...
Little back story.
My Father-in-Law was going thru his basement and found a stack of rods, 5 tackle boxes and a box of reels that were his dads. (My Wife's Grandfathers). He asked if I wanted them and I said yes. There is everything from Ultra Light to Sturgeon / Ocean gear in the mix. I will focus on the Fly Rod / Reel.
It is a 1967 Shakespeare "Spiral Wrap" 9" 5/6wt with a Shakespeare Reel of the same era.
I did some research and put new backing, line, and leader on it and started reading, watching, and practicing in my back yard. Well yesterday after work, I decided to hit the Yakima River and try practicing in the water...
Hit the water at 3:00 and had the first bite at 3:20. Kind of freaked me out getting a bite when you don't have anything running your line but your hands and the pole. Second bite came a little later and I got it hooked but when he got to shore, I gave him a little slack and he spit the barbless hook.
3rd bite came and I was ready. Set the hook and landed my first 'Fly Fishing' Fish.
14.5" Rainbow. Good fight as he was in the current. I grinned all the way home!

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Name: Spaceyak1000 Date: September 25, 2016 Rating:
 
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I fished the Yakima river above the Horn Rapids Damn. I paddled upstream from my launch about 2 miles. I found a pool full of smallmouth. I caught over 40 fish. Most of these were small fish under 12". I did manage a dozen or so of fish 12-14". This section of the Yakima river holds my personal best Smallmouth of 20". That is the longest fish to date. I have caught one that was heavier. Almost all the fish were caught on a green pumpkin curly tail or paddle tail on a darter head. Simple fishing at its finest. I had the river to myself except one bank angler. Beautiful, peaceful day that ended with some serious bass thumb.

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Name: rojomojo Date: May 14, 2016 Rating:
 
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Went for Northern Pike Minnow in the delta with only wind and sideways rain to show for it. I tried to go further up stream just below the 240 bridge with not a bump but less weather. Pulled the anchor and put on the walleye rigs with the same result. Saw a lot of people camping in the delta with a setup to fish for days on end- must be better on a less stormy day.

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Name: tframe Date: March 27, 2015 Rating:
 
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With the weather so nice decided to head over to the Yakima and hike the john wayne trail across from hwy 10 east of cle elum. Fishing was excellent where I could access the river. A lot of bush whacking but a couple areas two miles down or so I was able to access the river for a good 100 yds and it was well worth it. Caught a 22 inch west slope cutthroat, biggest I've caught on the Yakima and caught several more over 15 inches. All fish on a copper blue fox vibrax size 2. Going to take my pontoon out next week sometime and float it. Great day. Sorry no pics on this trip.

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Name: tframe Date: January 25, 2015 Rating:
 
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Decided to switch things up a bit and go after some trout on the upper Yakima while the westside rivers come back into shape. Fished the upper Yakima above the confluence with the cle elum river and it was pretty tough with the water pretty high and off colored. Fished spinners and landed one really nice fat rainbow about 15". Hooked into 4 others but they came off before I could get them in. I went in with the intentions of wading but the water was to high and fast so ended up spending half the time bushwhacking. Lots of elk and deer tracks along the river and saw some fresh bobcat tracks in the snow as well. Very nice change of scenery. Will be on the sky tomorrow.

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Name: TheEveningHatch Date: December 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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This is perfect winter fishing weather on the Yakima. The fishing has been good to great depending on the day. Streamers on the retrieve and swing has definitely been worthy. In addition the nymphing has been consistent.

Nymphs of choice
#8-12 Stonefly Nymphs - Pats Stone, 'Skwala Like'
#10-12 San Juan Worms in various colors
#14-18 Prince Nymphs and PT's
#18-22 Zebra Midges

There have been some fish eating on the surface in isolated zones. These fish can be duped by 10-14 foot leaders and #20 Paramidge adults and emergers.

Plain and simple, the fishing on the Yakima during the Winter and early Spring can be incredible. Often times the river is low and clear and the fish tend to be 'funneled' and isolated to specific zones. Food sources are significantly less at this time of year so the trout and whitefish will target the available foods in the 'feed me' zones. Generally on the Yakima some of the best winter calories for the trout consist of Skwala Stone flies, Midge pupae and adults, Whitefish spawn (egg patterns), Caddis pupa and forage fish.

Typical 'feed me' zones can be described as defined drop-offs and slow downs following large riffles or less isolated waters such as long deep pools. Big broad open flats, riffles and pocket water with multiple current lines are inviting and intriguing but certainly not isolated . The trout are often 'holed' up at this time of year and will move with in that hole to 'funnels' zones. The fish are definitely more migratory within a zone during winter's low volume and cold water season. Usual water temps for this time of year range from 35-40 degrees.

Let's paint a picture here. 9am in the morning and the water temperature is 35 degrees. The midge activity is minimal. By about 11am the water temp has warmed up to 36 and the trout are starting to move up from the depths of 'the hole' toward the drop off that forms the hole. Feeding becomes more active as the midge pupae are hatching more regular and the trout target the pupae along with the eggs of the whitefish. (Whitefish spawn in the flat riffles of tail outs and the riffles at the heads of pools). The water temp peaks at 38 degrees and holds at that temperature from 1-2:30. The fish actively seek the aforementioned food sources combined with the occasional Skwala Stone nymph. The Skwala stonefly perpetuates with a two year life cycle and hatches in March+/- on most western streams, including the Yakima. Therefore, the most mature adult Skwala nymphs are active during the winter time as they are not far away from their emergence. (hatching). At about 3:30 the water temps start to drop usually and given the strength of the subsurface activity the trout may continue to feed or may settle back into the hole where they can conserve energy until the following day, eating here and there. Fishing streamers (forage fish) is a great technique at all times of the day in the winter. Utilizing the retrieve and the swing can both be very effective. Sometimes, prior and post to the described days activity is optimal because the fish are not typically feeding hard, yet the calorie intake of a small fish is hard to pass up.

While every day is not exactly the same, the above description is representative of 'Winter Fishing'.

When conditions align for optimal fishing, some of the best fishing/catching on the Yakima River can be in the Winter. Proper attire is essential as the water temps and air temps demand quality outdoor gear designed to cushion the elements.

Aside from the actual fishing, Winter brings a new perspective to rivers. The landscape is 'pared to the bone'. The birds of prey are on the hunt. The Big Horn sheep are wintering in the Lower Canyon after a long and arduous rutting season. The most patient fisher of all, the Blue Heron, is present daily. Small herds of elk find refuge near the river bottom especially from Ellensburg upstream. Rarely is the river crowded; In fact, never.

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Name: TheEveningHatch Date: November 17, 2014 Rating:
 
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The Yakima continues to fish well....Streamers and nymphing lead the way!

The cooling water temps have definitely slowed most bug activity. We will see Midge, light Baetis and small winter stone activity throughout the Winter, but for the most part, the fall hatches have gone by the wayside for 2014.

Bugs of the week include:
#10 Black and Brown Pats Stone
#4 Zuddler
#18-20 Red or Blue Brassie

Dry fly fishing from this point in time will be limited to targeting rising fish. Searching with a dry fly will be reasonably futile.




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Name: TheEveningHatch Date: July 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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Yakima River in Kittitas County

We definitely have our summer flows now on the Yakima. The fishing has been 'pretty darn' good considering the heat. The big flow doesn't pose a problem as long as it is reasonably stable.

Bugs of the Week
Hopper Stone - Tan # 6 Super Chernobyl - Pink # 8
Chernobyl-CFO Ant - Flesh #8

Copper John - Black #12 FB Pheasant Tail # 12-14
Lightning Bug - Pearl # 12-14
CDC Pheasant Tail # 12-14

We recommend using nymphs one size bigger than usual because of
the high flows. One of our best dropper nymphs this week has been
a #12 black Copper John simulating a Green Drake or small
Stonefly nymph.

Hatching this week :
Summer Stones
Yellow Sally's
Caddis
PMD's
Hoppers , Ants

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Name: jbball50 Date: June 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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I decided to go fishing closer to home today for some smallmouth because when I woke up with my alarm set for 2:30 AM to go drive to go crappie fishing I went back to sleep. So I went to the Yakima River to fish for some smallmouth, I went a couple weeks ago and caught a couple so I thought I'd go catch a couple in a few hours. I started fishing around 6:30 AM and there was a boat anchored out fishing for catfish. He said he had been there since 5 PM the day before and had 3 catfish. I was fishing with a jig and within the fourth cast I caught a 2 pound smallmouth. I went about 30 minutes losing a couple jigheads and finally got another bite. I set the hook hard and the line started stripping. I knew right then I had a catfish on based on how the rod was working. I was using my ultralight pole that I use for panfish and bass so I couldn't horse the fish in. I finally got the fish by the shore and was about to bring him in then right when I was doing that, the fish swam in between my legs and started stripping more line as I lifted my pole back up. After about 15 minutes of fighting the fish I brought it in. It would've been a lot easier if I had brought my net down from my car, which I was debating while I was gearing up to walk down to the river. After that, another hour had passed and I didn't muster up any other fish. I ended up losing another smallmouth then another catfish during that time when my line got around a rock and once I had freed it the fish started swimming off and a rock broke the line off. I know that happened because when I re-tied my jig I casted back out and ended up snagging my line and jig and bringing that in. I decided to leave around 8:30 AM and the guy on the boat was bringing in another catfish. Here's a picture of the two fish, my shoe size is 14, so that gives you an idea of how big the catfish was.

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