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Yakima River Fishing Report

Yakima River Fishing Report // June 13th, 2024

Yakima River Conditions and Report

River Flow: 1,560 cfs at Umtanum (low)

Water Temp:  55-60

Trending: Clear, low, and tremendous wading conditions. 

Water Clarity:  3+' throughout the system, more clear above Ellensburg.

Hatches Upcoming and Current:

  • PMD's Nymphs and dries
  • Caddis nymphs and dries
  • Golden Stoneflies
  • Yellow Sallies nymphs and dries
  • Stonefly Nymphs
  • #10 - #6 Stonefly Nymphs (stoneflies live 2-4 years, so any color/size is typically good)
  • Sculpin and Various Streamers #6 - #8
  • Smolt patter streamers
  • Caddis Pupae #14 #16 (dark colors, fish 'em on the bottom)


More of the same. GREAT conditions for DIY fishing as well as hanging with our killer guides. The river is very good for wading right now and anglers should absolutely be taking advantage before the dams open up and begin to release water. Our water supply is below average, but we still expect pretty decent summer time flows. This year will favor the DIY boater and wader, as the currents won't have their typical ferocity. We expect flows to plug along about 3,000 cfs which fills the cutbanks and should make for exceptional hopper fishing. We're praying for a cool summer though, it will be much better for the fish with only about 60% of the normal snowpack in play.
Fishing wise. Work the swift currents and find those mid-river rocks. The trout are off the banks, not tucked in tight! Good luck and tight lines.  


Fishalong Adventure Courses

Join us for a 3 Hour Adventure Course where you fish alongside a professional angler and learn to read the water, approach and target the fish in REAL-TIME.  This is the best way to learn a new technique or a new section of river/tributary. 

We offer Fishalongs in the below various places:
*Yakima River and over 10 various Tributaries
Various Techniques: Euronymphing, Trout Spey, Personal Water Craft

Vehicle Shuttle Service

We move cars, not bodies. Just choose your float, leave us a key and we will valet your rig from the launch point to take-out. 

River Flow Links

Yakima River Flow Prediction Chart

While the chart is only a "prediction", it is based on historical data, weather forecasts, current weather, current snow-pack etc. You can use this to get a rough idea of how the river is going to react to predicted rainfall, run-off, etc.

Yakima River Flow Prediction Chart at Umtanum

Yakima Water Temperatures


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Thomas Titus - May 17, 2022

Good morning,

I’d like to see if it would be possible to set up a personalized fishing trip. I recently purchased a new flyfishing raft setup and I’d like to take a rowing lesson in it. Ideally I’d like to setup a guided trip for me and my best friend using my raft (if possible). Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back.


Joe Rotter - April 25, 2022

RE: Smolt Pushes – Great question! We feel your pain. There isn’t a very good line of communication from the operators on when they plan to push, but we do have a contact there that has given us a heads up a time or two. I’ll see if can get on a regular notification and share it here.

Joe Anderson - April 19, 2022

Is there any information regarding water releases for the “smolt pushes”. I would like to think that they could do these on a somewhat regular basis or give some sort of warning. As a weekend warrior with a 3+ hour drive (one way) it would be great to be able to predict when these increased flows will occur.

Aaron - April 18, 2022

All time March brown hatch in the canyon today!

Rafael Amilca Salado - February 18, 2022

Thanks Joe! I’ll be sure to stop by on in tomorrow unless Boston continues to get more delays & cancellations. : (

Joe Rotter - February 6, 2022

Bob, great question! Most all the takeouts are good for pontoon boats depending on how close you need to get to the river. For full sized drift boats or trailer access, just avoid Mahres and Big Pines downstream of Red’s. Other than that, you are all good!

Bob Conley - February 5, 2022

what put in/take out ramps are snow free enough for my one man pontoon? Suggestions appreciated for put in take out points for 3-4 hour float this week. thanks!

Joe Rotter - February 4, 2022

Hi Wes, I think you’ll be in great shape. The river is low and clear now. We do have a PILE of snow in the low valleys but the extended forecast suggests stable weather.

Joe Rotter - February 4, 2022

Hi Rafael, there is no better place to start than Red’s Fly Shop. Within a few minutes of the shop you can be wade fishing on public water right here in the scenic Canyon section. Just come on in and chat with the crew here, we’ll help you out!

Wesley Holt - February 2, 2022

Gonna be heading up to the yak around Valentine’s Day for some fly fishing. What’s the prediction you think on the conditions.

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