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Yakima River Fishing Report

Posted by Bobby Miller on
Yakima River Fishing Report

Yakima River Conditions and Report

River Flow: 3,770  cfs

Trending: Stable.

Water Clarity: 3' - June green color.

Hatches Upcoming and Current:

Fishing has been good. Normal is still good!  Lately however the subsurface bite has been nuts, better in the morning. Excellent nymph fishing in any current break.  Stoneflies and beadhead nymphs are the ticket here, doesn't seem to matter which beadhead nymph, but Duracells and Roza's Violet tags have been hot. 

The river is in a very wadable condition, so long as you are willing to walk the shore dry and fish at your feet. Stay up on the shore, fish tight the bank.

There are a few Golden Stones around and Summer Stones are on the move too. We used a RIO Sili Leg Stone today with good success, then switched up to a single TNT PMD Nymph in the afternoon. Good fishing, simple single nymph rig under a Yarn indicator. Light and tight. Nothing fancy.

Conditions are good. Evening fishing has been picking up on big dries and the early morning fishing has been picking up on big dries as well. Time to go fishing!

The tributaries are all dropping into shape for the most part. Some of them remain very cold, which is good for the fish, but tough on the fisherman. Hard to wet wade for long as the 'ol toes get pretty cold, but still a fun alternative. 

Vehicle Shuttle Service

We move cars, not bodies. Just choose your float, leave us a key and we will valet your rig from 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 on

    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 on

    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 on

    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 on

    All time March brown hatch in the canyon today!

  • Rafael Amilca Salado on

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

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