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Yakima River Fishing Report

Yakima River Fishing Report // April 7th, 2024 - New Rental Rafts!

Yakima River Conditions and Report

River Flow: 2,030 cfs ish at Umtanum

Water Temp: 45 ish

Trending: Dropping Slowly

Water Clarity:  3+ Feet (clear)

Hatches Upcoming and Current:

  • Skwala Dry Flies (waning but relevant)
  • Stonefly Nymphs
  • Mop Flies
  • 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)


Great conditions. Plain and simple these are the conditions we long for in April! In fact, they might be "too good" as the water is dropping the trout are moving back into the deeper slots but that's hardly worth complaining about. The canyon is extremely good for wading right now as the river drops below 2,000 cfs and is an easy time to handle your own boat as well.

Guides are reporting dry fly opportunities every day, especially for anglers that are willing to search with Skwalas and then be patient as we look for feeders on BWO's or March Brown mayflies. Both hatches are happening daily with warm and damp conditions being the best. Mayflies love damp weather. 

Anglers in the upper reaches from Ellensburg to Cle Elum will usually report more March Browns, this hatch is fast and furious so be ready as soon as you start seeing the helicopters hovering. Sometimes this rise will only last 30 minutes or so, be aggressive and move if you see bugs but no feeding fish. 

As far as "general strategy" most anglers will find success nymph fishing the obvious deep buckets in the morning, then searching shallow riffles and looking for rising fish in the afternoon after things warm up. 

New Raft Rental Fleet

We made a MAJOR upgrade to our raft rental fleet this year. We're proud to announce that we have Rio Craft boats with Montana Frame Co. fishing frames and these boats are setup with deluxe Sawyer oars, double pulley anchor systems, Yeti coolers, and the Madison has a sweet dry box. We rent and sell these killer boats! We make rentals easy. We drive you up, launch the boat, and you fish your way back to Red's.

Rental Information

2 Person Colorado 10.5' 

Boat Rentals on the Yakima River

3 Person Madison Raft


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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Rafael - February 1, 2022

Hi all, I’m not familiar with the Yakima river but will be fishing it in the coming weeks as I’ll be visiting the beautiful state of Washington. Where would be a great starting point to start the day on the Yakima river and what flies would you suggest to tie up? Best, Rafael

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