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December 30th, 2003

As the final day of two thousand and three approaches, frigid, winter weather has placed a strong hold over the Northwest.  The air temperature strains each day to climb to the twenty degree mark throughout the Yakima River Valley.  Large amounts of slush ice have formed in the majority of the main stem of the river.  Floating slabs cover the majority of the rivers surface, creating a problematical experience for any fishermen, especially those with flies. 

"Current Insect Activity"


Catch & Release All Wild Fish! Catch & Release-2003

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Yakima River December 30th SW Montana Brown Trout December 27th SW Montana River December 28th
Waiting patiently to cast between each slab of ice as it makes its way down river is your only chance to present your imitations to a hungry participant.  Weather forecasters aren't predicting a change in temperatures or conditions within the week.  If predictions ring true, don't anticipate conditions on the Yakima to improve anytime soon.
As we enter the beginning of a new fly fishing season, the staff, management and family of Worley Bugger Fly Co., would like to thank everyone that has supported our efforts.  With your help, we have built and maintained Central Washington's most respected fly fishing establishment.  We look forward to serving you in the 2004 season and wish everyone a happy and safe new year!

December 18th, 2003

What a difference a week can make.  As the eve of Christmas draws closers, Central Washington's Yakima River is experiencing a surge in aquatic insect activity.  A major migration of stonefly nymphs is now occurring. Unbelievable numbers of smaller stonefly nymphs are congregating along the banks of the river.  Exposing rocks and other miscellaneous materials will uncover these sub aquatic creatures.  The resident fish are well in tune to this passage and are taking full advantage of this winter time feast, foraging whole heartedly throughout the day.
Does this mean the Yakima will experience a hatch of adult stoneflies anytime soon.  Most likely not.  Cold water temperature ranging in the mid 30's will delay that metamorphosis until early spring.  However, if water conditions and flows remain within the normal operating range throughout the rest of the winter, expect some good early season fishing in "04".
Large schools of Whitefish are also podded into the runs with the Yakima's rainbows.  While nymph fishing you will at times encounter these pods.  They can be difficult to catch due to their small circular mouth, especially with larger flies.  This time of year they come readily and are especially attracted bright, colorful flies.  Wading through the Whiteys some days is the game that you play.

December 4th, 2003

It's hard to believe that the month of December has arrived and the pages on the 2003 fly fishing season are in its final chapter.  However, don't let that fact fool you. Winter is seeping into the valley, some days bringing snow and colder weather, however this hasn't deterred fly fishermen from the water's of the Yakima.  Despite the cooler weather, most days are providing sun filled skies.  The rivers colder water and the lack of a major insect emergence, with an exception of our afternoon midge hatch, hasn't kept the fish from cooperating. 
They are still there lying in wait, willing to eat a fly during the warm part of the day. Many local area fly fishermen you don't see during the warmer months, converge on the river and find this time of year their favorite to fish the Yakima.  Solitude abounds except maybe a Bald Eagle occupying a nearby Cottonwood tree or a herd of Big Horn Sheep grazing on the sloping hillsides of the lower canyon.

For those looking to sharpen the skills of the dry fly, the river is producing a modest Midge hatch. Commencement begins in the early afternoon, lasting into the latter portions of the day.  Long, delicate leaders with tippets of 6x are perquisite.  Attached at tippets end, a fly no bigger than a 22.  The smaller the better for this match the hatch fishing.

Catch & Release All Wild Fish!Yakima River Main Stem Brook Trout-December 2003

Those not prone to the purist portion of the sport can be successful with a variety of nymph combinations.  Beaded Stonefly nymphs, attractor nymphs or your favorite soft hackle will suffice.  With an meager insect emergence at this time, the presentation is most important.  Despite the finicky nutritional regime of a river rainbow, this time of year that don't have the leisure of picking and choosing.  If it looks like food....they'll eat it.  Their only demand is it look nature and be presented within their holding column.
The Yakima did  has experience a resurgence of water flows last weekend, however despite the increased flows, water clarity remained clear.  The river is in excellent fishing condition and dropping daily.

November 22nd, 2003

After a week of unusual weather reeked havoc across the eastern areas of the state, Central Washington's Yakima River is dropping quickly after reaching summer time flows. Large amounts of water were pushed into the system via the Teanaway River and other high land tributaries as low lying snows gave way and melted quickly. Thanks to our cooling temperatures and drier conditions, water flows are rapidly withdrawing from her banks. Water temperature and stabilization of the river will begin once flows drop back into normal pre-winter flows.
Before the mid November blow out, nymph combinations the majority of the fishing day were most productive.  At the warmest point of the afternoon, midge and tiny Baetis casting could be accomplished in particular sections of the river.  Concentrate your dry fly efforts in the slow tail-outs, where the sunshine has the most potential to heat the water during the day. Rocky Ford Creek in the Eastern Basin continues to fish well.  A variety of imitations and techniques are producing fish at this time.  The "Ford" can get busy this time of year, so if you are in search of fishing solitude don't expect to find it there.

November 6th, 2003

Cool, crisp mornings have quickly developed as the valley received it's first dusting of snow, lightly blanketing the surrounding hillsides.  Most of the evidence that winter is not far from its arrival has quickly disappeared under the Central Washington sunshine.  The indication that the seasons are changing lies at the higher elevations as the snow capped peaks of the Cascades tower over the Kittitas Valley.
Does this mean fishing has went south on the Yakima?  Hardly.  No need to hit the water early this time of year.  You will spend most of the morning cracking ice formations from your rod guides.  Let the valley sunshine begin to thaw the surroundings and warm the water a bit before venturing out.  The WBFC guide service has changed modes and is currently conducting "Half Day" trips on the river through the month of February "04".  Concentrating your efforts during the peak parts of the day is most productive.  One can expect good to fair Baetis hatches during the afternoon most of the month.
This past Saturday, the sixth annual Yakima River Clean Up was held.   Garbage was collected from Thorpe to Roza Dam by over 70 fellow Yakima River fly fishers. Thanks to everyone that took the time to attend and donate their efforts for the day.  We would like to thank the Yakima River Fly Fishers, the NW Women Fly Fishers, and Reds in the Yakima Canyon for there participation once again this year.
On a bit lighter note, long time friend and guide, Luke Scarola has found the catch of his life, (Katie) and will be married early next spring in his hometown of Goldendale.  Luke and Katie have moved to Alaska to begin their new life together.  Everyone here at Worley Bugger wishes them the very best and will miss them.  Luke was an superb guide for WBFC and will be missed by many.  Our days spent fishing the Klickitat is not something I will forget.  Luke, unlike others that started their guiding careers at WBFC always conducted himself with honor and integrity.  For that Robin and I thank you.  They can never take that from you bud!  Good luck to you and yours my friend in your future endeavors!

October 29th, 2003

As the Fall season bores deeper into the Kittitas valley, luminous colors cast an incredible hue of light along the river bottom.   Cumulus cover provides ample feeding opportunities for Yakima rainbows as a congregation of aquatic insects emerge.  Dry flies, emergers and nymph imitations will exhibit an importance during the day.  Be prepared, as you encounter Baetis mayflies and sporadic blooms of caddis.  Occasionally, intermittent rain showers dust the low lying hillsides with a thin layer of moisture.
The month of October is providing a diversity of fishing opportunities for our guests. Steelhead in the Klickitat and Methow Rivers, resident rainbows in the Yakima and still-water trout at Blackstone and Baseline Lake, offer new and exciting challenges each day.  The "Klick" continues to flow dark with less clarity than a glass of chocolate milk.  The Methow River, north of Chelan has dropped quickly and clarity has returned, but continues to flow cold and fast.  According to river biologist that track steelhead by telemetry in the Methow, fish were dispersed over a 3 mile range as the river swelled to over 8000 cfs last week.
This Saturday, November 1st,  the "Yakima River Clean Up Day" will be held.  For details, please refer to the links below.  Because of the size of the event, please pre-register before the end of the month.  If you have never participated in the day or have questions about the event feel free to call the proshop.
Yakima River Clean Up Day Clean Up Day Registration Clean Up Itinerary Clean Up Map-Directions

October 22nd, 2003

Beautiful Fall days flowing with cloud cover, sunshine and a background of color painted as only Mother Natures hand can do, is now occurring.  The brilliant red foliage and golden cottonwoods create a brilliant landscape along the river.  As west-side rivers bulge from record rain fall, Central Washington's Yakima River remains unaffected by small, intermediate rain showers that have converged over the Kittitas Valley throughout the week.  The Yakima's reservoirs control the majority of river flow this time of year.  Rarely is the Yakima effected during the Fall season by rain showers.
A slight increases in flows did occurred the past couple of days, however the river remains in excellent fishing conditions.  River flows had swollen on the steelhead streams of the Klickitat and Methow rivers as well, however the drier weather now has them receding quickly.

Baetis, Mahogany Duns and Lt. Cahills continue to be the trout's main focus throughout the day, however certain area's of the river are seeing good numbers of October Caddis as well as smaller tan Caddis.  Pupa's, rock worms and emergers have all worked well.

"Yakima River Fall Baetis"

October 10th, 2003

A swiping change is occurring across the Yakima River Valley as we welcome the cooler temperatures.  Fall weather it looks has finally started to settled in.  The warm, summer days of September are now replaced with mild, sunny Fall fishing days.  As the lowland Elk herd concludes their rutting season, territorial bulls can still be heard bulging along the river in the cool, early mornings.  The Big Horn Sheep are returning from summer feeding grounds to winter in the hills of the lower Yakima River canyon.  If your lucky you may witness a clash or two between rival rams, in conflict for natures procreations during your fishing day.
The Fall Baetis beginning their daily emergence during the first part of the morning and as the day progresses, Mahogany Dun Mayflies and Light Cahills will begin appearing.  In areas of the river, where this hatch is prolific rainbows will turn there attentions from Baetis to these larger aquatic mayfly forms.  Afternoons can produce a cool breeze, which at times can impede the emergence.  During these times sub aquatic or emerging patterns fish in the film tend to be much more productive than the actual dun imitations.
Fall Caddis, October Caddis or Halloween Caddis, which ever term you are familiar with are apparent throughout the main stem of the Yakima as well.  Hatches of this giant Caddis can occur at first light or at times sporadically throughout the day. However, hold out for the most profuse hatch, will occur late in the day as the sun slowing sinks over the western landscape.  Skating big dry fly patterns will arise attentions.  Larger rainbows will often times break the surface for a chance at this large meal.

October 2nd, 2003

With the onset of October, factors that a Yakima fly fishermen may have not considered throughout the previous month, begin to take effect.  During September, the summers Stonefly hatch was in full swing with fish chomping egg laying adults and gorging on large, migrating nymphs.  With warming temperatures this past week, the stonefly activity was peaking in areas of the river.  Large females in good numbers were attracting the attentions of the resident wildlife.  Those that weren't bombarded in the air by Swallows, fell prey to the rivers rainbows.  If encounters with these large Stones didn't occur, the Fall Baetis were most likely a factor.
An emergence of Blue Wing Olives is occurring daily throughout the Yakima.  Each day provides a distinct experience with some mornings and early afternoons producing dense hatches of these dun winged mayflies.  Sizes range anywhere from 18 to 22.  This can be technical fishing.  Long, thin leaders, delicate casting and presenting the imitation with a drag free drift if crucial for success.  For those that can accomplish this task, rewards abound. The Yakima will bestow a humbling experience if these requirements are not performed.
With warm days as well as warm water temps, the fish are active.  Some days, a diverse emergence of aquatic mayflies will congregate throughout the main stem of the river.  Mahogany Duns and Lt. Cahills will also make an appearance during the day.  These are larger Fall mayflies, however the same skills are required when fish turn their feeding attentions to this fare.
In the evening, as the planet Mars beams rays of light throughout the southern sky, Fall Caddis begins their nightly emergence.  The daily dance of these large, Halloween Caddis turn the slow, Baetis sipping rainbows to near insanity as the frenzy begins.  These large, moth-like looking creatures begin appearing and imitations that reflect the natural are attached to tippet. Leave the river before dark and you will most likely not experience the feeding phenomenon.   
With the drop in water flows during the month of September, the kings of the river, Yakima Chinook Salmon have taken up areas of the river bed and have actively been building spawning redds.  With returning numbers quite lower from the previous two years, the largest concentration this season is in the upper portions of the Yakima.

September 19th, 2003

As the days of summer rapidly depart, convincing indications that the inevitable metamorphosis that occurs each year is beginning to illustrate its personality throughout the Yakima River valley. The sweltering days we experienced have been restrained and are now replaced by warm, comfortable temperatures.  Frosty mornings and cool evenings are a welcome change, following a scorching summer that left its mark across the Northwest. The reappearance of aquatic insects that have been dormant for months are presenting themselves as fair to the Yakima River rainbows.
Shortwing Stoneflies, Fall Baetis, October Caddis and sporadic emergences of Mahogany Duns and Lt. Cahills Mayflies are in full swing at this time.

Several cloudy, overcast days have presiding over the valley, making it an ideal time to fish the mayfly emergence.  Other days, the famous Central Washington sunshine abounds and fish become less reluctant to raise, seeking the safety of a camouflaged river bed.

An unusual amount of wind has also raised it ugly head

over the past week like it will do at times in this part of the state, making fishing, casting and rowing a bit more challenging.  An expected change in weather patterns is predicted and the usual "Fall" days will begin.

The river conditions are low and are now at anticipated Fall flows.  Wading the river through the majority of the main stem can now be easily accomplished.  However, strong summer volumes of water still create deep ledges and pools, which one must be aware of. Slick, weedy rocks can also be tricky, so a wading staff can help.

"Yakima River Shortwing Stonefly-Female"

As the cooling trend continues, the reopening of Blackstone and Baseline Lakes will occur next week.  Both lakes are producing hatches of Calliabeatis as gulping rainbows are slurping spinners  from the surface during the latter part of the day.  Smaller Damsel flies in both nymph and adult are still forage along with large Dragon nymphs smaller terrestrials and fat Hoppers.  Please call ahead this Fall for availability.

September 12th, 2003

The invasion continues...!  Shortwing Stoneflies mass along the banks of the Yakima as males and females perform natures interactions. Fertile egg laying females are now taking flight over the water, depositing their dark egg sacks before being devoured by foraging rainbows . Water flows have dropped steadily over the past week.  Central Washington's trout stream has taken on the appearance of a free flowing river as  "Fall" fishing commences.  Those that have been away from it's fast and furious waters during the summer will now find the river easily accessible throughout most of the main stem.
Several new aquatic insect hatches that have been absent for some time are now beginning. The past several days, Fall Baetis-(Blue Wing Olives) have been reappearing throughout sections of the lower river.  Upon close inspection, one will find a diverse assortment of free floating nymphs, dead drifting through varied levels of the river.  Small trailers attached behind a large stonefly imitation can be productive during these cycles.
The river's "Fall Caddis" or "October Caddis, which begin pupation during the mid August are now hatching in the latter parts of the day.   As the Fall months progresses, this large aquatic food source becomes highly important for building food reserves for the winter.  Because pupation of this insect begins during times of high water, thousands are stranded in the rocks along the banks of the river, left high and dry. 

"Yakima October Caddis Pupa"

The large orange caddis that were fortunate enough to build their pebble encrusted cocoon casing in deeper water will continue to emerge throughout the next several months.  Because of the "flip-flop", certain sections of the Yakima will experience better or intense hatches of these insects.  Upper portions of the river always produce good numbers of Fall Caddis.  Be prepared with both adult and pupa patterns during your day.

September 5th, 2003

As the river continues on its annual descent, the major migration of summer stoneflies is intensifying.  Short-wing Stonefly casings are evident, covering the river rock along the banks throughout most of the middle and lower sections of the Yakima. The male (below right) of this stonefly species is most apparent at this time. However, the gigantic females will begin taking flight over the waters of the river.  As this occurs, the larger of the Yakima rainbows will take heed and turn their attentions to the surface.  For now, they are distracted by what is occurring beneath the surface.
Thick, blankets of smoke have settle in the Kittitas valley from the blazes burning in the upper portion of our state and Southern Oregon. With very little wind the past couple of days, the haze has provided some morning and early afternoon relief from a hot, roasting Central Washington sun.  A reprieve from the hot temperatures is coming!  By Sunday, highs are expected to reach the middle seventies as a storm front prepares to move across the southeastern part of the state.

August 28th, 2003

Its the time of year once again we all look forward to...water flows are dropping on the Yakima!  River volume has steadily decreased about a 100 c.f.s. each day for the past week.  The high water volume that has coursed through the lower Yakima this summer is receding. The river is slowly taking on a whole new look.  The K.R.D. (Kittitas Reclamation District) is expected to cut flow through the irrigation canal system, shutting off water at the diversion dam by the second week of September.  Canals will dry up quickly after this and the "flip flop" will occur.
Wading the lower sections of the river can still be a challenge, so picking and choosing a section over the next week for safety considerations is wise.  Each passing day, the river will become more accessible to those on foot.  

Lower flows are beginning to concentrate fish, aquatic life and smaller bait fish.  As this is occurring, different techniques and flies are now providing a well rounded fly fishing experience.

Our summer insects hatches are beginning to diminish and fade, however Yakima's Fall insects are beginning to cycle as pupation of the "Fall Caddis" is now commencing.

The river's most predominate stonefly migration is now under way as well.  The Short-wing Stonefly exodus from river to stream bank is occurring through the river system.  Mating between male and female stones is taking place.

"Male Short-wing Stonefly"

As flows continue to recede, this hatch of large aquatic insects will heighten, not peaking until mid to late September.  Fish will be gorging on both nymphal and adult forms over the migration period
Bookings for guided fly fishing trips are now being accepted for "Fall" fishing on the Yakima River as well as the private still water fisheries of Blackstone and Baseline Lakes.  Days are beginning to fill quickly for fishing at Blackstone in October.  Make your appointment early this year for the desired fishing date.

The staff and management of WBFC wishes everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

August 15th, 2003

Although the high heat that blistered the valley earlier in the month has dispersed, warm August afternoons are still lingering in the Yakima River Valley.  The walls of the lower canyon radiate hot streams of air well into the evening. The hillside that were once green with grasses now darkened by fire or sunshine.  The semi-arid desert landscape of summer appears.  At this time the Yakima is experiencing a idle change in insect activity.  As the afternoons come to a close and the day begins to cool, August Caddisflies bloom in thick, grotesque hordes.  This is providing some good opportunities for late evening dry fly fishing.
During the day fishing attractor patterns, Hoppers, or other terrestrial patterns will produce results.  Most of the fish will be in the smaller 8 to 10" range.  For larger fish, nymph fishing will generate a far better outcome.  For those that detest nymph fishing, pitching streamers to bank feeders during the day has been good through specific sections of the river.   As the month progresses and the water begins to drop, our summer stone-fly, the "Shortwing Stones" will begin.  This is the river's most prolific hatch of large stones, comparable to the Salmon-flies of the Deschutes or Big Hole rivers.  Make sure to get in on this exciting fishing opportunity.  Those unable to wade the river over the summer months will once again be granted the ability as water flows will recede and a whole new river will appear.

August 6th, 2003

After a week of hot summer weather, a cooling trend is now providing a reprieve to those living in the Central Washington Basin.  As temperatures sky rocketed into the triple digits last week, water temp's followed the same direction despite the significant water flows in the Yakima. Most of the smaller, feeder streams that provide water to the river throughout the year have soared to dangerous levels.  Hopefully, the cooler weather we are now experiencing will provide relief and we will begin to see a drop in the feeding streams water temps. 
If the hot weather isn't enough, arson fires sprung up around the Kittitas Valley as well as the and Yakima River Canyon.  Hillsides lit up quickly as local fire crews worked tirelessly to control one blaze after another.  Local law enforcement officers have several leads and are actively pursuing the perpetrators that have little else to do with their time.
Early mornings as the sun breaks over the eastern hillside is providing fly fishermen with a chance at some good summer fishing.

As the sun reaches its highest point for the day, fishing can slow. Take a break, find a nice shade tree and wait for the evening Caddis bite.

 If your a die hard, concentrate your imitation in the faster, cooler riffles of the river during this period. Here, is one spot where you will find the Yakima's rainbow, tucked up tightly during the heat of the day.

At this time the grassy, brushy, banks swelling under the warmth of the valley


Northern Pike-July-August 2003

sunshine are also providing adequate cover for several varieties of terrestrial and aquatic insects.  Hoppers, ants, and beetles just to name a few are taking refugee along these areas of the Yakima.  A slight valley breeze during the day is providing the river's resident rainbows with a summer time feast.  Casting a variety of big bug imitations in surface and sub-surface presentations to summer bank feeders can provide some exciting fishing during your day.

July 21st, 2003

As the ashes smolder from Friday's double Taneum Creek Canyon, fire the heat set off from the blaze produced a spectacular sunset for the weekend's evening fishing in the upper city section of the river.

There is no shortage of water in the Yakima as flows swell to near normal operating volume for the month of July.  Morning and late evenings are producing the rivers best fishing.  During the heat of the afternoon the rainbows are tucked up tight in the fast, cool riffles of the river.  Work each run with nymph during this time for best results.

Some sections are still producing an afternoon P.M.D. emergence.  If the afternoon wind remains calm, one may happen to encounter this hatch and you then can expect some surface feeding.  The mayflies are beginning their seasonal change as they develop a hue of brown to their body color.  A darker body color than previously used is recommended for match the hatch fishing.
Hoppers and other Terrestrials are playing a important role in summer fishing.  Bank feeder are respective to these imitations when fished accordingly.  The valley winds are providing forage for the Yakima rainbows and dry fly activity along the grassy, brushy banks for the fly fishermen.

July 12th, 2003

Blistering hot, heat converges over the Central Washington Basin as temperatures hover just below the triple digits.  Water flows are high throughout the major areas of the Yakima's main stem, however the river continues to run below normal volume for this time of year.

Early mornings are providing good fishing opportunities before the afternoon sun settles high in the sky.  Very little cloud cover is available this time of year.  For best results, concentrate your imitations along the shady, brushy sections of the river during the heat of the day.  Working the fast, riffles of each run with beads and wet flies will also provide plenty of subsurface action.

As the afternoon sun begins to settle, summer Caddisflies make their appearance and trout can be found holding in several different water types.  Much like every aquatic hatch that has occurred this season, the early arrival of the Shortwing Stone to the waters of the Yakima is also now happening in some sections of the river.  These large Stoneflies are creating some exciting summer fishing.  We may experience a slow in the progression of this stonefly hatch through the remainder of the month.  However, as the middle of August arrives more of these summer stoneflies will appear in large, dense numbers.  Terrestrial activity is also starting and drawing interest to fish along the grassy banks of the river.  Try your favorite Hopper pattern during the day throughout these areas.
The Worley Bugger fly shop will be closed on Sunday, July 13th for the day.  Family and friends of WBFC will gather for a day of summer fun and feasting at Safeco Field.  The shop and guide service will once again open under normal operation on Monday, July 14th.  Thanks to all for your support and patronage over the past 5 years!

July 3rd, 2003

As the nation prepares for the upcoming celebration of independence, water conditions have slowly began to change throughout the Yakima River valley.  Flows have been gradually stepped up over the past couple of days.  Stored water from the Cle Elum Reservoir has been released, creating an increase in flow and volume.  Water conditions, including clarity have not been compromised.  The river is in excellent shape.  Those that took advantage of last weekends less challenging wading opportunities may find areas of the lower Yakima inaccessible to them at this time. 
Feel free to call the fly shop for current river conditions.  The dry fly fishing as been sporadic at best during the day.  Bright, sunny skies have the fish skittish in places.  Areas of the river where trout have been feeding on Golden Stone adults has produced some top water action. 

Yellow Sallie Stones (left) are prevalent throughout many sections of the river at this time.  They have also provided some surface activity during the day as well as the late afternoon P.M.D. Mayfly emergence. Weather and water conditions have provided a new set of circumstances each day.  Terrestrial fishing is also beginning and will play an important role during your day of fishing the Yakima.

"Yakima River Yellow Sallie"

Those looking for surface feeding rainbows, will find the early evening Caddis has been the most consistent.  As the heat of the day begins to subside, summer Caddis begin their nightly dance along the brush and grasses of the river.  Here, evening temperatures provide cool, comfortable opportunities.
The Worley Bugger fly shop will be closed on Friday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. The staff and management will be enjoying the holiday with friends and family.  The WBFC operation will open once again under normal hours of operation on Saturday, July 5th.  We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

June 25h, 2003

Despite the blustering, Kittitas Valley winds that have positioned themselves over the Central Washington Basin this past week, the fishing has remained consistent. 

Cool winds have kept the mid-day June heat contained, creating an atmosphere viable for active trout and insect behaviors.  Caddis, P.M.D.'s, Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies now constitute the majority of the trout's consumptions. 

Selecting key spots on the river during times of high winds can make your day much more productive.  Unlike the early spring winds that we experience, the summer stream of air is now somewhat contained in areas of the river by the thick leaves of the Cottonwood trees that grow along the Yakima.  The dense grasses and brush that are popping up under the warm sunshine are also creating some diversions.  Wild roses and other indigenous plant species are in full bloom along the banks and hillsides of the river, creating a colorful, scenic tour throughout the day.
Water releases from the Cle Elum Reservoir have gradually been stepped up over the past 3 days, however the river remains in excellent condition.

June 13th, 2003

High heat pounded the Yakima River Valley earlier in the week as north slope snow for the Cascades melted quickly.  With the Cle Elum Reservoir  filled to capacity, a release of water was flushed through the system.  As quickly as it was melting, the B.O.R. was discharging a large volume of water.  Out flow from the dam has gradually tapered off.  The natural flows from the Teanaway River have also began to diminish.  The Yakima Rivers conditions have greatly improved over the past couple of days.  Clarity throughout most of the lower river has returned.
Expect tea colored water throughout the lower canyon section as local farmers start irrigating once again. The first cutting of Timothy Hay was completed during the week, so irrigating will begin again throughout Badger Pocket area. Wilson Creek converges with several smaller streams at the bottom of the Pocket.  Wading anglers may find access to most of the lower river difficult, even though flows have receded.  The upper Yakima above the Cle Elum confluence has far greater wading access and insect hatches have been consistent through this area of the river.

Montana Fly Fishing Report


May 29th, 2003

As warming temperatures increased over the state, late spring snow pack accumulations began to disappear under the Kittitas Valley sunshine. North slope Cascades snow began to quickly melt as tributaries of the Yakima began to swell and spew cool, mountain waters. 

An increase in water volume occurred throughout the main stem of the Yakima late last week just in time for the holiday weekend.  Water clarity was only compromised for a short period and by Sunday the blue ribbon trout stream had returned to good condition.  During the river rise, some sections did fish, while others seemed absent of any activity. 

Melting snow continues to drain into the upper Yakima River reservoirs, however the last months snow pack reserves are hardly enough to cause a high water year on the Yakima.  Water releases have so far been minimal from the storage facilities and last report for the summer irrigation season was dismal.  The river and canals at this point are expected to operate at about 62% of normal. This is bad news for the farmer, but good news for the Yakima River fly fishers.  Water temperatures of course could become an viable issue if summer heat becomes to extreme.
A variety of insect emergence are occurring throughout the river.  Salmon flies, March Browns, P.M.D.'s and Caddis are hatching in the section from Easton to Cle Elum.  The lower portions of the Yakima are experiencing hatches of Caddis, P.M.D.'s, Yellow Sallie's, and a mixture of Golden Stones.  Water flows in the lower river are making it more difficult on the wading fishermen.  Strong waders will find area's of crossing, however those not comfortable navigating the higher water conditions may want to work the upper sections of the Yakima where flows are far less excessive.
This week, we head east to join our friends at the "Montana High Country Ranch" for 3 days of guided fly fishing on the waters of the Southwest Montana. 

The Big Sky Country is experiencing the same weather patterns that are stirring over Central Washington.

High heat is bringing the flows on the Big Hole River up, but local experts are predicting a crest in the next day or two.  We are all looking forward to the fishing and will be spending our time on the Beaverhead River as well.  The fly shop as well as Worley Bugger's guide service will be in full operation during my absence.
The "Klickitat Steelhead" steelhead season opens this Sunday, June 1st as well and we are once again looking forward to the season on this fabulous fishery.  Luke Scarola, a native of this Southeastern Washington Steelhead fishery will be leading our guided fly fishing trips.  18 of his days are already spoken for in the month of June.  Please call ahead for booking availability for the remainder of the month.

May 23rd, 2003

Over the past week the Yakima river basin has experienced rain showers, sleet, snow flurries and warm sunny skies. Lower than normal spring flows are bringing the water temperature up and producing hatches of insects like we have not seen in quite some time on the river. Though it is the month of May, water conditions look like Fall without the brilliant, bright colors that are produced that time of year. This month the sunshine has mixed with an abnormal amount of moisture and the vegetation has begun to thicken and green throughout the Yakima River valley. Through some sections, free floating nymphs are collecting along the banks of the river.  Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies are most prevalent as they become the next source of subsistence for the Yakima rainbow's 
Join Us On Blackstone Lake For A Fish Of Life Time! The entire "Catch & Release section of the Yakima river is experiencing a variety of aquatic insect hatches.  Those fishing the upper Yakima above Ellensburg this "Memorial Day Weekend" will encounter hatches of March Browns, Salmon Flies in both nymph and adult as well as Pale Morning Duns during the day.

The "Upper Eburg sections are seeing condensed insect occurrences throughout the day, but this section is producing some of the best fish the river has to experience.

The Lower Yakima Canyon is producing intense hatches of Cadds and PMD throughout the day

Catch & Release All Wild Fish! Blackstone Lake May 2003

This section of river is providing plenty of dry fly fishing for those prone to this section of the river. Releases of hatchery "Chinook salmon smolt have been deposited into the Yakima River once again this spring.  An ink identification mark along side of the gill plate will easily distinguish these "hatchery" raised fish from the wild trout species.  A progressive hatchery program has been under way the past 5 years to re-establish runs of Chinook and Coho Salmon to the waters of the Yakima.  This identifying mark will distinguish between the resident and the sea-going species.  As of today less than 800 both wild and hatchery salmon have returned over the latter at Roza Dam this spring.  The number is down substantial in comparison to the last two years?

May 10th, 2003

The conditions continue to improve for the fly fishermen of Central Washington's Yakima River as water flows remain low.  Wading fishermen can take advantage of the low water and virtually move from bank to bank.  Be careful of the deep slots and ledges that are still present throughout the river.

Though water flows are low, boating fishermen can still float the entire main stem of the river.  Obstacles and hazards that are usually hidden by higher water flows are present and will have to be navigated carefully.

With lower than normal flows, water temperatures are rising quickly.  This is producing a variety of aquatic insects throughout the day.  Caddis are definitely a main stay in the diet of the Yakima rainbows, however sporadic March Browns are still occurring throughout specific sections of the river at this time.  The emergence of March Browns is thinning in the lower sections at this time, however upper areas of the river are still producing some decent hatches. The river is also generating P.M.D. Mayflies and Yellow Sallie Stones throughout most of the lower sections now, so be prepared to encounter these aquatic hatches during your day of fishing.
"Yakima River Rockworm Caddis"

May 2nd, 2003

If you are anticipating the arrival of this year's Mother's Day Caddis hatch to begin it's bloom over the waters of the Yakima, then wait no longer.  This season, hatches of aquatic insects have been occurring weeks earlier than expect and the Caddis hatch is no different.  Blooms of dark bodied spring Caddis are coming off in waves throughout the mid-morning lasting well into the late afternoon on Central Washington's Yakima River.  Blooms are cycling throughout the day and are occurring throughout most sections of the river. The upper sections from Cle Elum through Bristle Flats well through the city sections of Ellensburg to the lower Yakima canyon are all seeing thick activity of spring Caddis.
Make sure you are equipped with several variations of each stage of this insect. Rock worm, sparkle pupa's, and egg layers will all be present throughout your day of fishing.  Another aquatic insect is making a early appearance on the Yakima as well.  Pale Morning Duns Mayflies (P.M.D's) are also hatching on specific sections of the river at this time.  Most of the concentration that we have seen has been in the lower sections through town ranging well into some area's of the lower canyon.
The giant Pteronarcys Salmon Flies are also airborne over the waters of the Yakima in the afternoon as well throughout specific sections of the river.  Those wading the river may or may not encounter a hatch of these stoneflies.  In fact, you may not encounter several of the hatches.  Those floating the river have a distinct advantage over the wading fishermen.  Floating allows you to cover more water and fish productive hatches throughout the day.  Your encounter with March Browns, P.M.D.'s, or Salmon Flies is a 50/50 chance.  The river is in great condition, although we did see an increase overnight in water flows due to some heavy thunderstorms that moved through the valley late last evening.  Expect good fishing conditions for the weekend.
For those heading to the Stillwater's of Central Washington, reports from the public fisheries has been good all week.  Reports coming into the pro-shop about Dry Falls continue to be erratic.

Callibaetis, Damsels and Chironomids are keeping fishermen entertained throughout the day.  The private fisheries of Blackstone Lake and Baseline Lake,  have also been keeping fishermen busy.

Fishing is very consistent at both lakes at this time. Several hatches of aquatic insects are now occurring, providing a complete fly angling experience.

Catch & Release All Wild Fish! Blackstone Lake May 2003

Damsels (adult), Callibaetis, Chironomids and the Flying Ant Phenomenon is occurring at Blackstone now!  If you are planning to fish either lake this spring with us, please call ahead.  The lakes have a few remaining days for the month of May that are available.  Both lakes will most likely close for the summer months the first part of June and will not reopen until early Fall.

April 23rd, 2003

As the Yakima plummets to unusual low levels for this time of year, conditions have never been better for a day of spring fishing in Central Washington. The river is now producing a smorgasbord of hatches. The probability of you encountering any number of aquatic insects throughout your day of fishing is now possible.
Those dry fly enthusiast's that prefer casting surface imitation to consistently feeding fish, can now satisfy your passion as the March Brown Mayflies, Blue Wing Olives and Caddis continue their afternoon emergence over the waters of the Yakima. 
The Yakima Has No Salmon Flies??? Wow Sure Looks Like We Got them???Salmon Fly Nymphs From 15 Feet Of Yakima River Bank! The river continues to produce some Skwala Stones activity as well.  Fishing both the nymph and adult are still of interest in some areas of the river.

A massive nightly stonefly migration is now occurring throughout specific sections of the Yakima as well.  The mother of all stoneflies, the Salmonfly (left) is making it's yearly exodus from the river in search of dry ground.  Hordes of these large stones are converging along the banks of the river in vast numbers. 

Many become forage as they make their journey along the bottom of the river.  If you had to imagine a migration of this magnitude and how it relates to trout fishing and their dietary consumption, think about it in these terms.

Got Stones?

A 3" inch, dark, plump bodied insect begins crawling along the river bed, perhaps hundreds of these large stones all moving at a specific time, across the bottom in one direction.  Portions of the river bed must come alive with activity during the darkness. Easy pickens and quite a meal for any foraging rainbow. 

The river, the lakes, the spring creeks, whatever your preference, are all fishing well.  Their is no lack of fishermen, especially during the weekends on most of the well know fisheries. This doesn't mean an angler can't find a bit of solitude among all the people. You may have to work a bit harder to find it, but it's there.

April 16th, 2003

As a weekend of sunshine ensued, mixed rain showers fell late Saturday night, lasting into the early morning.  Sporadic showers pounded portions of the valley on Sunday, which also contributed to the increase in flows throughout the main stem of the Yakima.  The clarity was compromised somewhat as flows increased throughout the river.  However, it did not deter aquatic insects from emerging in unison on the Yakima.  The river is producing March Brown Mayflies, Skwala Stones, Caddis and Blue Wing Olives throughout the fishing day.
With a steady increase in flows, pods of fish were dispersed somewhat, but flows have receded rapidly and schooling once again has taken place.  Conditions have improved greatly and the river is in!

Hatches are beginning mid-morning as Blue Wing Olives and Caddis get the day underway. 

The March Brown emergence has been erratic from day to day.  We have observed it beginning at 11:00 and last well past the noon hour.  However, some days it may only occur for a short time. Other days the hatch will begin a bit later in the day.


Catch & Release All Wild Fish! Blackstone Lake April 2003

Intensity of the hatch is also dependant on flows, temperature and the concentration of naturals in any given section of river at one time.  If this mayfly hatch occurs strong in a particular area one day, the following day it may be less concentrated through that portion of river. 

The Yakima continues to drop and will once again become much more accessible for those on foot.  However, the biggest draw back is making sure you are positioned correctly to encounter the March Browns experience.  Those fly-fishers in boats have a distinct advantage and are able to access portions of the river not easily obtainable on foot.

April 12th, 2003

Its the time of year once again that we wait so patiently for.  The sun blasting warm rays of sunshine over the Kittitas Valley as a combinations of food sources present themselves as fare to the Yakima River rainbows. 

It's March Brown Mayfly time as the afternoon waters of the river come alive with large, dark bodied mayflies.  The emergence of Rhitrogena's is commencing between the hours of 1:00 p.m  and 3:00 p.m. and is lasting in access of 20 mintues to an hour and a half. 

Several factors are determining the length and intensity of the emergence. Strategic placement on a particular section of river will also determine your exposure to this magnificent mayfly hatch during your day.  Those wading the river may not encounter an intense emergence.

Floating the river, covering more water and positioning yourself in the appropriate area will be a consideration. The upper sections above the lower Yakima Canyon are experiencing a little later hatch during the day.  As the month progresses, the March Brown hatch will begin like clockwork each day.

"Yakima River March Brown Mayfly"

Specific areas of the Yakima are also seeing good population of adult Skwala Stonefly action. Today, quite a few materialized during the afternoon sunshine.  Baetis are also a key factor during the mid-morning-pre March Brown emergence.  The cloud cover the past couple of days has provided adequate cover to encourage surface feeding opportunities for the Yakima rainbows.  Small spring Caddis are also a consideration.  Several variation to imitate the natural stages have been productive, especially on the warmer days when blooms of Caddis begin appearing frequently.
River flows have increased over the past several days, however only a small percentage each day.  Water clarity is good and the river is in excellent shape for weekend fishing.  Those wading the lower sections will have to pick and choose your spots carefully, however the river still offers the wading fishermen plenty of excellent wading opportunities.

April 2nd, 2003

After a weekend of beautiful, Central Washington sunshine, snow pack that recently accumulated along the lower elevations fell victim to the warm, weekend temperatures.  Increases in flows from the Yakima's main tributaries has put conditions in the lower sections of the river out of commission for the time being. 
At this stage, the flows have crested and begun to stabilize.  The river is beginning to recede and drop, however extended weather forecasts are calling for more rain showers developing throughout the week.  If predictions hold true, rain showers could generate added snow pack melt and swelling once again of the rivers tributaries could produce unfavorable water conditions in the lower sections of the Yakima.  For the time being it is day to day.  Keep an eye on the gauging station graphs or call the fly shop for up to date river conditions.  The upper river above the Teanaway River is in good conditions, despite the rapid increase in flows through that section of river.  It is producing some Skwala Stone and March Brown activity at this time.
As perfect conditions developed over the weekend, Skwala Stones amassed atop the water in large numbers throughout sections of the Yakima.  With warmer temperatures occurring, the dry fly actions began early as trout eagerly anticipated the daily event.  The stones began hitting the water and trout quickly stirred, moving into the shallows.  During the emergence, March Browns in smaller numbers along with Baetis were also creating some distractions for the trout as well.

March 29th, 2003

The conditions have played out in our favor, as the cool nights and dry weather have provided the necessary relief the river needed to begin to produce a variety of aquatic insect activity.  The flows have dropped steadily over the past week and river conditions are excellent for weekend fishing. 

The mornings begin cool and the prerequisite for the first portion of the day, requires a nymph and dropper rig fished through the riffles and tail outs of the river.  As the Central Washington sunshine quickly warms the Kittitas Valley, Skwala Stones in far better numbers then we have yet to see this year, begin appearing.

Egg layers can be seen virtually through ever section of lower river.  The trout quickly turn their attentions to this large pale olive stonefly.  Several patterns will work well for you, fished appropriately.  This is a post-winter/pre-spring stonefly, which means its activity level is far less visible and violent than its later hatching counterparts, the Salmon Fly or Golden Stone.  Matching imitations require a dead drift.  Sporadic twitches can provoke an attack, however dead drifting will provide you many more pursuits.
As the afternoon continues, Blue Wings will also appear in the tail-outs and pools of the Yakima.  Sporadic March Brown activity has begun as well.  The full on emergence of this spring Mayfly could begin this weekend with the predicted warm weather forecast.  Whether you choose to fish the Yakima or one of the many basin lakes this weekend, we are sure you will find a variety of fun, productive fishing.

March 20th, 2003

A series of cool nights along with dry, sunny, spring days have the lower Yakima returning quickly to a fishable condition.  As of today, the visibility is much better below the confluence of the Teanaway.  The city section still has a tea color to it, but the water clarity and conditions are improving daily. Their is still a large volume of water moving through the system for March and wading anglers will find it difficult to access the river through some area's of the lower Yakima.  Once the level drops off another 500 to 700 cfs, wading the lower river will become a much easier task.  At the rate it is occurring that should happen in the next day or two.
The upper sections above the confluence of the Teanaway River are low and clear and have been for several days now. 

This section of river is always an option for bank or wading anglers during spring run-offs.  Access to this section of the river is good with several areas of fishing potential.

As conditions improve, Skwala Stones will continue to entice trout to the surface through the remainder of the month. 

Most years, the first parts of April still provide us with plenty of stonefly activity.

Catch & Release All Wild Fish! Baseline Lake Rainbow

Blue Wings are also sporadically appearing during the day.  A light breeze has been kicking up in the afternoons which tends to slow the rivers Blue Wing activity.  This weekend watch the tail-outs and slower pools for slurping fish.  Small sporadic blooms of spring Caddis have also been appearing.
Our March Brown Mayfly season is just around the corner!  Their hasn't been an emergence activity that we have witnessed yet, but they could start appearing any day now. 

With the majority of our run-off completed for the year, this spring should provide us with some great afternoon match the mayfly fishing.

As the Yakima recovers from it's annual spring run-off various other fisheries around the state are providing fly fishermen with plenty of fishing action.  Rocky Ford Creek, a spring creek north of Moses Lake is producing good daily Baetis activity.

Catch & Release All Wild Fish! Blackstone Lake

The Basin lakes are also generating plenty of aquatic insect activity as Midges take precedence in most still-waters now.  However, damsel fly nymphs have started migrating and are showing up in large numbers in some of the lower basin lakes (Baseline Lake) at this time.

March 13th, 2003

The moisture continues to pound the Cascades as well as the surrounding foothills of the Kittitas Valley as rain showers drive the river volume up once again.  Water clarity and conditions are dismal at this stage.  With extended weather predictions calling for further rain and high mountain snows, conditions are going to get worse before they get better.

As we deal with the yearly spring weather and the uncontrollable nature of the river, plenty of good fishing is still available.  The warmer night and day time temperatures haven't done much for the rivers, however the still-waters are beginning to heat up

Reports over the past several days have been good from anglers fishing the basin lakes.  Lenice, Nunnally and Lake Lenore have been producing good chiromomid hatches during the day.  For some, this type of fishing can be frustrating and monotonous.  However, when good hatches occur you can find yourself having a pretty good time.  The private lakes are fishing equally well with far less crowds of anglers.

March 7th, 2003

As a series of late winter storms moves across the state, rain showers during the middle of the week caused a slight increase in water volumes throughout the main stem of the Yakima.  With the air temperature steadily dropping off, the moisture quickly turned to snow as the Kittitas Valley received a light dusting over night.  The Cascades have received a dose of much needed snow pack!
Day time highs are expected to reach the high 40's or low 50's over the weekend.  If predictions ring true, the snow won't be around long.  As of today the river is still in good condition with plenty of visibility.  The lower canyon has a tint of color due to swelling of Wilson Creek and surrounding tributaries after Wednesday's rainfall.
This Saturday, March 8th, John Nolan a representative of Hyde Drift Boats will be presenting a clinic on "How To Row A Drift Boat" at the Worley Bugger fly shop in Ellensburg.  The clinic is free and open to the public.  If you would like to attend, please call the proshop and we will add your name to the list of participants.

March 3rd, 2003

With the sun shining bright warm ray's this past week over Central Washington, water temperatures climbed into the middle forty's and the the Skawla Stone have drawn the attentions of our resident rainbows. Stonefly nymphs have congregate in masses along the banks of the river. 

Each rock you turn over exposes several of these sub-aquatic creatures.  Good stonefly activity is showing up throughout the lower portion of the Yakima, from the river sections of Thrope to the lower Yakima River Canyon.  Fly fishermen converged on the river this past weekend casting dry fly imitations with much success.

The river continues to recede each day after last week's heavy rainfall, dropping a few hundred cfs each day.  As the water volume continues to drop, water temps will increase creating more stonefly and mayfly movement.  This weekend also produced some Baetis activity, however at this point the trout's attentions seem clearly focused on the larger of the two meals.
This Saturday the basin's desert lakes opened for the season and crowds of people headed east for the opener.  The private fisheries of Blackstone and Baseline lake have also re-opened for the spring fishing season.  Dates are quickly beginning to fill.
Congratulations goes out to the board members of the "YRFF" for the outstanding job and they have done constructing the foundation of the Central Washington Federation of Fly Fishers club.  A banquet and auction was held this past Saturday at the Ellensburg Inn after a morning clean-up in the Yakima Canyon.  Both were a success and the club is off to a great start!

February 25th, 2003

As a inch and a half of rain fell over the Kittitas Valley late Friday night, more of the winter snow pack was diminished, rocketing water flows by early Saturday morning.  The Yakima indigested water from some of it's larger tributaries such as the Teanaway River as more of the winter snow levels melted away.  Water volumes quickly doubled producing poor water clarity and conditions for weekend fly fishermen.  Cold pre-spring nights and sunny days have quickly taken care of the problem, as the water flows makes a rapid descent.
Night time temperatures dropping into the low 20's have help the river make a quick resurgence.  Water clarity and conditions have returned, however the river flows are still on the drop.   With increased water volumes, water temperatures have dropped as well.  What will this do to the Skawala adult and Blue Wing dry-fly activity we were seeing last week.  Most likely slow it a bit for a day or two until warmer water temperatures develop.  Day time temperatures are predicted to reach the mid 40's as night time temps continue on the cool side.  The nymph and streamer fishing should continue to be productive throughout the afternoon.  Expect sporadic dry fly activity throughout specific sections of water where fish have already been activity taking these imitations on the surface.
"The Fly fishing Show" this weekend in Bellevue had a unexpected turn out, with crowds of fly fishermen strolling the aisle on Saturday and Sunday.  It was great to see everyone out.  Thanks for attending and stopping by the booth.

February 18th, 2003

It's that time of the year again as the exciting spring hatches get under way.  Despite cool water temperatures, Skwalla Stones are flying!  The past couple of days specific area's of the canyon and upper sections through town have been producing adult activity.  The trout are looking up through some of these area's, taking the dry fly imitations.  The stone nymphs at this point are highly productive to fish as we enter the beginning stages of the stonefly hatch.  Along with Skwalla Stones, Baetis Mayflies are also in the beginning stages.
Sporadic hatches the past couple of days through these area's as well have been occurring.  Due to last months unusual heavy rain showers, the majority of the low lying snow pack from the foothills has disappeared.  This spring should produce some great spring fishing days throughout the central basin.
Is it good timing?  We aren't sure, but this weekend "The Fly Fishing Show" in Bellevue will take place.   Worley Bugger Fly Co. will be attending answering questions about this year's fly fishing season on the Yakima, Klickitat, Blackstone and Baseline Lakes and our scheduled June trip to the waters of southwest Montana!  For those looking to book a fly fishing adventure with us this spring, receive 10% off if you do so at the show!

February 14th, 2003

The cold winter nights have continued to dominate the Yakima River valley as the water flows continue to recede after last weeks flood conditions.  With a mixture of cold night time lows and the added volume of flow, water temperatures are hovering in the upper 30's, at best reaching the 40 degree mark during the warmest parts of the day.  You may find slightly warmer water in the lower Yakima River Canyon.
With the continual drop in volume, slight changes in water temperatures will unearth the adult Skwala stones that have amassed once again along the banks of the Yakima.  As we begin to see a consistent temperature in the lower 40's, the first stonefly hatch of the new season will begin.  The warmer sunny day's we are experiencing are certainly going to help speed the process.  A mixture of rainbows and whitefish can be found in the slower pools and tail-outs of the runs sporadically sipping Midges during the afternoon.  Stonefly nymphs and small bead trailers will most likely be your best combinations.  You may find some rewards fishing streamer or sculpin imitation on a slow mending swing. This weekend concentrate your efforts in these area's of the river and you will find success.

February 7th, 2003

Upon reaching flood stage conditions this time last week, dry weather the past several days has prevented the Yakima from leaving it's banks any further.  Dramatic reductions in water flows throughout the main stem of the river have occurred as bright sunny skies converge over the Kittitas Valley.  Water clarity has returned, however the Teanaway River, a main tributary of the Yakima continues to flow at higher levels.
Due to this fact, we are experiencing higher water flows here in the lower valley.  Those of you that wade fished the river heartily in January will find access to some area's much more difficult now.  The upper reaches of the Yakima above the Teanaway is currently running about 1/2 the water volume of the lower river.  Cold February nights along with high volumes of water equal (=) low water temp's.  Afternoon fishing the past couple of days has been best.  As the days begins to cool, so does the fishing.

January 29th, 2003

After an series of Sunday night rain showers mixed with warming winter temperatures, snow accumulations in the low lying valley quickly turned the Yakima's tributaries into a funnel for some early season run-off.  Water conditions were compromised quite quickly as water flows tripled in volume throughout the main stem.  A resurgence is now taking place as water conditions and flows are dropping off quickly.
As of yesterday, water clarity was returning and the river is fishable.   However, the extended weather forecast calls for more rain and snow showers over the next several days. This could quickly change water conditions.  Those of you interested in fishing the Yakima should watch the gauging stations closely.  You can also call the pro-shop for current weather and water conditions.

January 23rd, 2003

As the month of January quickly ticks away, winter has yet to release it grasp over Central Washington.  The past two days winter storms have dumped several inches of fresh new powder into the Yakima River Valley.  Most days, thick low lying fog covers the hillsides during the early morning hours.  The winter sunshine struggles to pierce the dense cover as the mountains provide an fortress for this winter time weather.
Despite the lack of sunshine, anglers descended on the Yakima this past weekend in search of some winter season trout fishing.  Most were successful in finding a few fish from early Monday morning phone calls and reports.  However, absurd numbers of fish reported being caught drove everyone's anticipation of winter fishing on the Yakima into over drive.  Being realistic and hopeful go hand in hand in our sport.  Our philosophy at the Worley Bugger is quality, not the quantity. The day spent on the water enjoying the river, fish and surroundings is what makes a person appreciate fishing with a fly.  If your worried about the numbers of fish you catch in a day your probably participating in the wrong sport!
Regardless of the weather, it's that time of year once again and the trout's attentions are turning to Skwala nymphs that are now migrating from river to bank.  Fish are moving taking up feeding lies where these small stones can easily be feed upon.  It won't be until February before we begin to see any adult movements, but over the next couple of weeks trout will steadily be feasting on this anticipated yearly event.  Midges will become less and less important when a bigger meal is readily available, however midges clustering on overcast days in February can provide you will some exciting fishing opportunities.  February will also mark the return of Baetis Mayflies to the Yakima.
The "Yakima River Fly Fishers Club" I am happy to report is building a membership quite quickly.  General meetings for club members has yet to be held, however committee officers have been meeting a couple of times a month organizing and building the foundation of the club.  If you have yet to hear anything about, don't worry a website is in the works along with a host of other information.  A spring education and auction event is being planned and organized.  When the final details come together we will pass on the information.

January 8th, 2003

As residents of the Kittitas valley ushered in the new year, snow accumulations fell throughout the night.  The strong winter storm continued through the first day of the new year and when it subsided, a total of 6-8 inches of snow had covered the surrounding hillsides and city of Ellensburg.  Areas of the upper Yakima, Thorpe and city sections received a thick blanket along the river.
The hills and ridges of the lower Yakima canyon drew little attention from the winter storm and received only a light dusting.  Elk, Deer and Big Horn Sheep are plentiful this time of year as they forage on the winter grasses of the canyon.  A mere 40 miles to the south, the town of Yakima still looks like the last days of autumn.  Leaves that turned and died in October have yet to fall from the branches of the trees.  Winter has yet to touch this section of the state.
The following day warmer temperatures mixed with a winter rain shower started the melting process.  The new snow that had formed along the banks and fields of the Yakima a mere 24 hours earlier, began to dissipate.  As more rain fell, the snow pack melted quickly from the banks as sand and silt were mixed to form a winter time concoction.  Flows throughout the river started to climb.  The city sections above Wilson Creek, held it's visibility while sections below this tributary, a small feeding irrigation stream at the mouth of the Yakima Canyon became chalky.  Water runoff from fields adjacent to this irrigation channel began depositing water. Flows accelerated rapidly and the river quickly took on a whole new look   The white churning waters of the Yakima gave only a few feet of visibility and reminded me of the Klickitat on a hot July day.
As the days have progress water clarity, flows and weather conditions have steadily improved.  Many of the winter diehards have been out, fishing during the early afternoon.  An occasional Midge hatch will occur and trout are feeding. Those unable to fish a tiny dry fly have entrusted a wet fly imitation to insure their success. Nymph and streamer patterns have been effective for most. 
As winter steelhead returns look bleak and west river closures are eminent, mild temperatures are ideal for those looking for some winter fishing on Central Washington's Yakima River.  Just a few short weeks and the mass Skwala stone migration will begin. The trout's attentions will turn from the tiny insect offerings of January to the protein rich nutrients of these plentiful early spring stonefly nymphs.

Christmas Eve, 2002

After a series of erratic winter storms, which produced an inordinate amount of rain showers, the waters of Central Washington's Yakima River have settled and steadily dropped back into winter flows.  Small tributaries that feed the Yakima as it channels its way through the Kittitas Valley caused an increase in water this past week.
However, unlike the anadromous fish producing rivers west of the Cascades that swell at the banks due to heavy rains this time of year, the Yakima rivers water clarity is rarely compromised during the winter months.  The river is gin clear, cold and inhabited by only a few die hard fly fishermen.  As Big Horn Sheep, Whitetail Deer and Rocky Mountain Elk roam the hillsides of the Yakima Canyon, Bald Eagles, America's symbol of strength, honor and perseverance stand guard atop the branches of cottonwoods that line the banks of the river.
The fishing this time of year is what you make of it.  The warmer days where air and water temperature mix to the right degree have produced willing feeding participants.  Some days the river's wild rainbows aggressively slash at nymphs and streamer patterns.  An occasional midge slurping rainbow can be found among the foam lines and boulders of the river as well.  The colder winter days you work a bit harder and feeding becomes less frequent or not as easily detected.  Whitefish congregate in pods this time of year with the Yakima's rainbows and at times can be a more aggressive feeder than it's spotted brethren.  It's a peaceful, quiet time of the year to stand in it's water's.
As the nation sits under a blanket of uncertainty this holiday season, the staff, management and professional guide staff of Worley Bugger Fly Co. wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas season.  We thank everyone for their continued support of our efforts and look forward to the upcoming new season.

December 10th, 2002

As the month of December settles in, winter like weather attempts to grasp the Yakima River Valley.  The first low lying snow fall arrived late last week, but by now signs of the event have quickly disappeared.  Only the surrounding hillsides remain blanketed with the evidence of a December storm.
If current weather predictions hold, the Kittitas Valley should see more pre-Christmas snow by the middle of the week. 

Low lying fog hovers in the the hills and along the river most of the day, blocking the warm sun from the Central Washington basin.

This leaves a 5 to 6 hour window of opportunity to experience some quality winter river fishing.  Their is no necessity to be on the river at first light.

Give the sun a chance to bring the temperature up and you can avoid breaking ice from your guides most of the day.

Catch & Release All Wild Fish! Green River Chum Salmon

This time of year as the colder weather sets in, concentrate your best efforts during the warmest parts of the day.  It is during these times fish are most active.  A couple of degrees difference in water and air temperature can make the difference between inactivity and fish willing to feed. 

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  Worley Bugger Fly Co. Pro Shop offers the largest selection of high quality flies and equipment along with a friendly, highly knowledgeable fly fishing staff in Central Washington.
  Select from 4500 different fly patterns at Ellensburg's premier Pro-Shop only minutes from the Yakima River.  Trout, Steelhead, Bass, Salmon and several other warm water species are available.
  Ellensburg's Largest Pro Shop with an unbeatable selection, a friendly, knowledgeable staff and the highest quality fly fishing gear for the discriminating angler!
Pro Shop Location-Directions:
306 South Main #3
Ellensburg, WA 98926

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 Steelhead On The Fly!
  The hunt for steelhead on the fly has begun!  The  Klickitat River will open on June 1st, 2003.  Join Worley Bugger as we begin our season on this magnificent southeast Washington river.