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Yakima River Fishing Report

Yakima River Fishing Report // February 18th, 2024

Yakima River Conditions and Report

River Flow: 1340 cfs

Water Temp: --

Trending: Stable

Water Clarity:  3' +

Hatches Upcoming and Current:

  • Skwala Nymphs
  • San Juan Worms
  • Mini Crawfish
  • Mouse Jig
  • Zebra Midge
  • Jiggy Fry
  • #10 - #6 Stonefly Nymphs (stoneflies live 2-4 years, so any color/size is typically good)
  • Sculpin and Various Streamers #6 - #8
  • Mayfly Nymphs (dark colors #16-#18)
  • Caddis Pupae #14 #16 (dark colors, fish 'em on the bottom)

Very good conditions, especially that forecast! You won't here us say "get out here and book a guided trip" but this is one of those times. We're looking at overnight lows above freezing and daytime highs in the low 50's next week. This is VERY good. Hopefully the trout agree. While we don't ultimately control the bite, we are making a prediction that we'll have good to excellent fishing in the next 10 days. Maybe even a few dry fly eats for the dilligent dry fly anglers!

Work the slow edges with nymphs and streamers, be patient, dress warm and enjoy your time out here. It's only February there is lots of season left, but the advantage later in the year will go to the angler that got their time in early. Learn your spots, hone your cast, practice your mends, and continue working on your A game. 

March 9th - Trout Spey Rendezvous @ Red's Fly Shop

Trout Spey Rendezvous March 9th, 2024

Save the date, details coming later. We'll have lots of free clinics and a litany of spey doctors that want to spend time with you side-by-side helping you learn the cast or tuning up what you've got! Schedule coming in February. Put it in your calendar right now! Learn more. 



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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