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December 22nd-2004


As Christmas Day approaches, the mild Fall like temperatures continue to reign throughout the Yakima River Basin.  Unseasonable winter days filled with afternoon sunshine and near fifty degree temperatures have been common. 

WBFC Winter Guided Tour Info.

During the winter months of December, January and February Worley Bugger Fly Co. will be conducting guided tours on Central Washington's, Yakima River.  Enjoy a day of fishing in peaceful solitude, floating in warm, comfortable drift boats. Learn the techniques required to catch Yakima rainbows during the mild winter months of the season. Day and Half Day tours are available as well as our very popular 4+ hour Winter tour.

Day Tour $300.00 per boat  one or two person
Half Day Tour $250.00 per boat  one or two person
Winter Tour $165.00 per boat  one or two person

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All Flies Are Provided On Our Guided Tours.

Fog banks not uncommon this time of year have occasionally settled in the Kittitas Valley during the night, however most days the early afternoon sunshine burns through creating spectacular December fishing days.
The river has settled out over the past several days after last week's heavy precipitation. River flows are back in the normal operating levels for this time of year. 
At this time, not a skiff of snow resides along the river banks and the low lying hills that encircle the Ellensburg Valley are nearly barren.  These circumstances make for ideal winter time fishing.
However, without an abundant snow pack in the Cascades, water conditions this coming summer could be horrendous.  Lets hope we see several winter storms  pass our way during the  months of January and February.
From the staff, management and professional guide service of Worley Bugger Fly Co., we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  We thank all our friends and patrons that have supported our efforts over the years and our pro shop and guide team looks forward to serving your fly fishing needs throughout the 2005 season.  Merry Christmas!

December 14th-2004


After a succession of warm days, the Yakima River was subjected to the winter elements as a heavy laden down pour moved across the Kittitas Valley late last week.  Under most circumstances, the Central Basin would have been blanketed in snow this time of year.  However, mild day time conditions and temperatures continued as the snow accumulations remained in the higher elevations of the Cascades.
The thin layer of snow that had been covering the low lying hills and stream sides was discharged into the Yakima's main tributaries, swelling their small banks.  Blasts of cool, cloudy water hurried down these small inlets eventually colliding with the Yakima, creating higher streams flows and less favorable fishing conditions.
Cooler, drier December temperatures have once again sent the river volume plummeting.  Sand and sediment have settled and water clarity has returned.
During periods of long sustained low river flows, cooler water temperatures and minimal insect activity, trout sustenance becomes less available to our resident fish.  Common sense tells us that fish of sufficient size can only sustain themselves for a period of time on small aquatic insects like Midges and Midge Larvae.  Other dietary consumptions are required.
When weather incidences occur and a rush of water filters through the river system, a variety of food sources not present before hand in the water column becomes vulnerable and available during these periods. 
Generally these food forms are present for several days following. This creates more feeding opportunities for fish as they feed indiscriminately on these sources.

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Cased Caddis, several strains of Mayfly nymphs, Sculpins as well as Stonefly nymphs all become a viable food source for Yakima fish during these periods.  Once the river settles and returns to normal winter flows, trout displaced by the higher flows will once again congregate throughout the winter runs of the river.  Aquatic insects will settle and the diverse feeding opportunities will diminish.  Whitefish active in their spawning rituals will resume their activity as well.
A Worley Bugger Fly Tying course will be held after the new year.  If interested, please feel free to contact the pro shop in Ellensburg for more information.
Are you still looking for the perfect Christmas gift this year?  May we suggest a Guided Tour Gift Certificate from Worley Bugger Fly Co.  Presented to a loved one, employee or friend on Christmas Day makes the perfect present.  Guided tour gift certificates can be purchased securely online or by simply calling the pro-shop (888-952-FISH).  For questions or assistance, feel free to contact the Worley Bugger pro shop.  Guided Tour Gift Certificates are available for the Yakima River, Klickitat River & Blackstone Lake tours.  Gift Certificates are also available for pro shop merchandise.  Happy Holidays from the staff and management of Worley Bugger Fly Co.!

December 1st-2004


As the start of the holiday's season begins, a light dusting of snow now covers the Kittitas Valley hillsides. Many fly anglers stow their gear at the first signs of cold or changing weather, much to early for this centrally located desert river.  The 2004 fishing season still has plenty of life in it yet.  Mild, blue bird fishing days through the month of November kept aquatic insect hatches alive and fish active and attentive to the fly.
The daily Baetis hatches have begun to slow throughout the lower portions of the Yakima appearing for only short, sporadic periods of the day or not at all.  However, attentions are still concentrated on creatures of the aquatic nature.  Congregations of Midges are now forming on the Yakima and the river's rainbows are tenuously working in pods as protruding dorsal fins slice the surface of the water.
For those fly fishermen that enjoy the visualization of a wild rainbow slurping tiny naturals from the surface, target the warmest portions of the afternoon for this fish foraging surface activity.  This is intricate, demanding and delicate work with rod and reel, requiring patience and a keen eye for detail.  A long, thin strand of mono presented ever so lightly is perquisite for success.  For most, subsurface methods have proven to be a much more effective.
Stonefly nymphs as usual, continue to be the substantial portion of the Yakima trout's dietary consumptions. This will remain throughout the days of December and January.  Migrations of Skwalla Stone nymphs is an on going event during these winter months. This intense migration of nymphs, leads up to the adult activity during the latter portions of February,  when we begin to see water temperatures increase.

November 10th-2004


Cool, crisp sunrises are now a standard affair each day in the Yakima River Valley.  That extra layer of fleece or wool that has been stored away since spring is needed first thing in the morning under a cover of Gortex.  However, by early afternoon the Kittitas Valley sunshine is warming everything and that early morning added layer of clothing is quickly removed.  The determining colors of Fall cling resiliently to the foliage and trees along the Yakima.  However, it's a losing battle as the once dense disguise falls each day, covering the rocky terrain of the river banks.
Every afternoon, Fall Baetis hatches occur, some lasting hours at a time, while other days a shorter window of opportunity for the emergence is presented.  Each day is different and every section of river provides a variety of unique circumstances.  Sections of the lower river from Ellensburg throughout the lower Yakima River Canyon seem to provide more consistent Baetis hatches on a day to day basis at this time.
Working pods of slurping rainbows with small dries, sometimes as tiny as #22's is common.  For many of the dry fly enthusiasts this is the time of year and the challenge of match the hatch fishing you can experience.  The rainbows have taken up residency in the winter holding waters of the Yakima, where the majority of aquatic food forms are now found. 
Pods or schools of fish are common this time of year due to low water volume, cooler water temperatures and a specific Mayfly hatch commencing.  Find one rainbow and chances are you have found many.  Working nymph rigs first thing in the morning is common and should be expected.  By noon, warming temperatures kindle and it's apparent events are going to begin unfolding.  As a majority of the aquatic insect hatches begin to wind down for the season, bigger Yakima rainbows turn their attentions to another thriving food source.  Baitfish such as Sculpins flourish within the waters of the river and are a consistent resource for fish throughout the year.  They become a much more important form for large fish when aquatic insects emergences become less probable.  Don't neglect your streamer box this time of year!
On Thursday, November 11th a special day commences.  Veterans both past and present are honored on this day for their self sacrifice and service to our great country.  Thanks to all who have served and to those who continue their service risking the ultimate to keep the rest of us safe.  For servicemen and women that read this report and email over sea's----be safe!  From the staff and management of WBFC, thank you and your families for your dedication and service.
For those interested, on November 1st, the guide service of Worley Bugger Fly Co. instituted its winter guiding rates for the months of November, December and January.  Individuals that would still like to fish a full day are still being given that opportunity by starting early in the morning (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).  For fair weather fishermen or those that would like to target the specific hatch of dries throughout November can do so with a winter tour.  Check the website rates or call the pro shop for tour details and guide availability.

October 26th-2004


With the last week of October upon us, frost filled morning sunrises are now a daily occurrence throughout  the Yakima River Basin.  The first blanket of new snow has fallen high atop the Cascade Mountain Range. This added addition of color has constructed a spectacular Fall backdrop towering over the Kittitas Valley.
As the Cottonwoods slowly shed there brilliant golden foliage, afternoon hatches of Baetis and Mahogany Dun Mayflies continue to bring slurping rainbows to the surface.  Tiny mayfly imitations in sizes 18 to 20 are standard criteria for your daily fishing. In some areas of the Yakima, a size 22 may be required to match the hatch of Fall Baetis.  Choose a proportionate pattern in the appropriate size to duplicate the natural.  Low light conditions may also be a factor during times of intense Baetis hatches. Another factor to consider.  Select a imitation that is visible fished within the foam lines of the river.  
Concentrate your efforts in the frothy streaks of foam gathering throughout the runs.  Here, tiny mayflies are pulled from the current and find themselves trapped within the confines of the foam.  Trout feed at their discretions on these trapped Fall food forms.  Emerging mayflies also fall victim in these foamy areas as they struggle to break free of a clinging meniscus.  Subsurface patterns fished in the under lying foam can at times be much more productive way to match the rainbows feeding patterns.  Mahogany Duns can also play a dynamic role during this warmer period of the day. 
Constructing a system of two tandem mayflies imitations, one representing the larger natural as your point fly with a trailing blue wing can provide better visibility for the fly fishermen.  It also offers frugal feeding fish a diversity, as you display an array of the natural aquatic insects that are present.  Giant Sedges are still apparent throughout the main stem, however their numbers are beginning to diminish.
The river is in excellent condition with access to a majority of the water available to both wading and or drift fishermen.

October 15th-2004


As brisk, frost filled mornings arise, rays of afternoon sunshine, radiate across the Yakima River Valley.  Cloudless blue skies and temperatures we expected in September have dominated our central basin fly fishing days.  At twilight, brilliant, picturesque sunsets adorn the western skies.  It's the time of year when Mother Nature is really at her best, constructing a canvas of incredible colors along the banks of the river.  The once lush summer vegetation that grew thick under the blistering summer sun is quickly turning, shedding its summer coat. The tall Cottonwood trees that so graciously provide us with a barrier against the harsh Kittitas Valley winds, glow golden along the banks of the Yakima.
However, a change in recent weather patterns is developing and seasonable conditions are predicted to settle in the valley for the next several days.  A welcome site for Fall fly fishing addicts. Cooler days are expected and gladly welcomed as Fall aquatics thrive among the cloud cover. Larger fish feel safe under these conditions and will at times abandon their apprehensions and feed recklessly on the surface during times of heavy hatches.   Several mayflies species in assorted sizes and color are predominate through the Yakima's main stem at this time.  Nymphs, adults and emergers are all equally important food forms to recognize.
Fall Baetis, Lt. Cahill's, and Mahogany Dun mayfly hatches are occurring in the main stem during the fishing day.  Most days you can expect to see the emergence of mayflies commence mid afternoon lasting well into the latter portion of the day.  Baetis are generally the first to appear ranging in size 18 to 22.  Clouds of these olive dun mayflies are gathering in the foam lines of the Yakima for several hours at a time.  A periodic combination of Light Cahill's and Mahogany Duns will appear mixed within the emergence of Fall Baetis.  A fly fishermen's abilities to distinguish and correctly identify the preferred trout forage will be your task for the day.
Blooms of Giant Fall Caddis begin appearing in the late afternoon. Occasional early morning hatches of Giant Orange Sedges can also occur.  If this transpire, the fish are attuned to these large adult caddisflies and the first portion of your day can be dedicated to swinging caddis patterns or skating large dry fly imitations.

September 30th-2004


With the first week of Autumn underway, warm sun filled fishing days have embraced the Yakima River Valley. The cool, crisp mornings however are a reminder that Fall is quickly approaching.  As the month of October begins, daily occasions like these have become renowned on Central Washington's trout river.
Warm, breezeless days, low water volumes throughout the main stem, a mishmash, picturesque setting of vibrant colors, and a variety of insect hatches are all coinciding together at this time.
It's also the time when Fall anadromous fish breach the latter at Roza Dam and begin the rites of procreation.   Fall Kings have moved into specified areas of the Yakima and are ambitiously procuring areas of the river for spawning purposes.  Thou some may believe the Salmon are harmful for the Yakima and its resident rainbows nothing could be further from the truth.  These large fish provide nutrients for both fish and aquatic insects, nurturing the stream bed while providing an additional means of forage for all the rivers inhabitants. 
Over the next several weeks while wading the shallows of the river, pay close attention to areas where redds are or have been formed.  Avoid damaging these areas where time and energies have been consumed by these great fish.
Light Cahill Mayflies, Giant Orange Sedge Caddis, Fall Baetis and a sporadic occurrence of Mahogany Duns are the aquatic fare emerging throughout the fishing day.   Cahill's, Baetis and Mahoganies are an early afternoon affair.  The Giant Fall Caddis are a dawn and dusk event, taking place in key areas of the Yakima where large numbers of these spectacular Caddisflies exist.  Upper areas of the river are prone to intensive nightly dances, while lower Canyon stretches provide an adequate presence of sedges.

September 20th-2004


As the days of September quickly fade away, evident changes are occurring throughout the Yakima River Valley.   With blistering summer heat dominating the entire month of August, an odd occurrence in weather is now presiding across the Eastern Basin.  Unseasonable Fall like mornings and cool crisp fishing days are an unordinary  occurrence for this time of year.  Wet, drizzle filled days haven't been uncommon either as one front after another moves across the Kittitas Mountain sides.  These wet conditions however are creating an ideal situation. Over cast fishing days are prompting an intense hatch of Baetis Mayflies as they literally cover the surface of the river. The trout eagerly anticipate this daily monumental feeding opportunity.   Light Cahill Mayflies are also beginning to emerge in areas of the Yakima.  If encountered, this pale mayfly can provide some afternoon top water casting activity.
With river flows at an unusual seasonal low, foot fishermen wading the Yakima from bank to bank will find worry free access through most of the main stem.  Deep ledges and pools still exist, so move around these areas carefully.  Boat fishermen won't experience any problems either as long as you adhere to the main stem.   One area of the upper Yakima (East Cle Elum Boat Launch above the Teanaway) is at this time barricaded by fallen timbers and jams, so it should be avoided until the problem is corrected.  Several fishermen have been held up for hours trying to portage around the mess of logs.
With the cooler weather settling into the valley, Terrestrials as well as the Stonefly fishing has begun to slow.  During warmer afternoons you may find fish receptive to larger dry fly imitation in some area's of the river where dense thick grasses and adequate bank water exist.  Bushy dry fly patterns fished as a point fly with a extended bead head dropper has been effective in the right water depths.  In deeper runs and pockets avoid this technique.  Indictor fishing in the deeper runs and pools is much more efficient.  Fish the appropriate and productive method for each set of circumstances you experience throughout the runs of the river.
Its the time of year when Giant Orange Sedge Caddis become a mainstay in the trout's daily diet.  A good hatch of adult sedge's is now occurring in the portion of the Upper Yakima.   Pupa patterns are especially important and should not be overlooked, especially during the latter portion of your fishing day.  Free floating Sedge Caddis will at many times break free of the case and swim throughout the water column, providing a big, easy target for the Yakima rainbow.

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"Giant Orange Sedge Pupa-Adult"

With the steady drop in temperatures, the still water fisheries of the central desert are beginning to provide good fishing opportunities once again.  Damselfly activity is still on going on the warmer September days.  Midge and Callibeatis Mayflies are forming the most interest during the fishing day, especially periods of wet, cool weather.  Blackstone Lake is no exception.  Terrestrial fishing is beginning to slow at the private still water fishery, however fish are feisty and foraging throughout the day.
Since the month of June, a good portion of my off days have been spent in the southeastern portion of the state.  The Klickitat River becomes a constant distraction for us as Steelhead begin moving into it's waters.  The June opener started out slow this year as fish counts remained low.  We had some successes towards the end of June as better numbers of fish began to move into the system. However, between fluctuating water conditions and unusual summer winds, water flows remained high creating the white glacier discoloration the "Klick" is famous for. 
The Klickitat hasn't been immune to the recent rain storms we have been receiving in the Kittitas Valley either.  However, drier conditions in that portion of the state and cool, crisp nights in the Lower Columbia Basin are providing ideal conditions for Klickitat River Steelhead fishing.  For those interested in experiencing this fabulous river this Fall, please call ahead.  We would love to show you the splendor of this beautiful Fall Fishery.

September 8th-2004


A host of circumstances is now evolving on Central Washington's Blue Ribbon trout stream. The Fall flip flop has been initiated, as the Yakima's river volume continues to recede.  As the beginning of September commences, cooler nights as well as comfortable, warm day time highs are having a direct effect on aquatic life as well as water temperatures.
As terrestrial life forms continue to prosper in the tall, summer river grasses of the Yakima, aquatic insects have once again become a inherit commodity for the Yakima rainbows.  Daily feasts no longer reside with just grasshoppers, ants, beetles or bees.  Attentions are turning to a food form living within the water column of the river easily available to the Yakima Rainbows .  Don't count the Terrestrial activity out yet.  Its still much to early to dismiss their importance.  Warm sunny days and inviting afternoon breezes are still making this food form a valuable asset among the trout.  However, intense hatches of Fall Baetis are occurring throughout the main stem, Yakima. 
Over the past week, giant Shortwing Stones have been taking to flight across the waters of the Yakima.  Activity as of yet has been erratic from day to day, however as the river volume continues on the down turn, one can expect this hustling activity to dramatically increase.  The warmer days will of course produce stonefly activity, especially stagnate areas of the river showing no signs of a light, afternoon breeze.  Stoneflies readily take to flight at these times taking advantage of the windless circumstances.
With the absence of the grueling August heat, water temperatures among the still waters of the central basin desert are also rapidly descending.  Blackstone Lake, Central Washington's premier, private still water is now open for Fall fishing. Dry fly activity at the lake is outrageous!  Seventy degree days are producing immense damsel fly hatches lasting half the day.  Giant Hoppers as well as other terrestrial creatures are abundant along the banks of the lake as well.  Flying ants living within the Cottonwood trees are a treat for the rainbows as well as the fly fishermen.  As the days progress and Fall begins to settle into the valley, Chironomid hatches will once again become abundant.  Bookings on the lake are being taken and days are filling.  Please call early to arrange your day at Blackstone Lake with Worley Bugger.
Fall is in the air and is visible in the vegetation and leaves along the river.  Most of the trees still remain covered in summer color, however lighter shades are appearing on the branches almost daily.  Water flows are now low.  For those on foot fishermen constricted to the banks since early July, access is now unlimited to most of the productive water on the river.

August 24th-2004


The triple digit heat that occupied the Yakima River Valley has now been replaced by cooler, sometimes wet, drizzle filled days. A reprieve from the heat arrived over the weekend and is expected to last into the week.  A welcome site this time of year.  The cooling effect has created a blanket of cloudy cover, prompting overcast fishing days.  This cooler weather pattern has in turn reduced the high water temperature as we watch it's decline.  A welcome site after hovering above the (70˚) seventy degree mark for the past week.
The river flows have continued on a gradually descent each day as well, operating at an unusual low volume for this time of year. However, through most area's of the lower main stem, the river remains high for adequate, safe wade fishing.  If the normal procedures follow, one can expect the ""Flip Flop"" operations of the reservoirs to commence around the first portion of September.
Terrestrial life forms continue to be a mainstay in the trout's diet.  Hoppers in a variety of colors (yellow, olive, red and gray) have produced fine results over the past week. 

A summer afternoon breeze the past couple of days has provided the necessary ingredient to produce consistent top water action.

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"Shortwing Stone-August 2004"

One may encounter a Caddis hatch commencing at dusk, however each section of the river is not consistently producing a guaranteed emergence from day to day. 

If a bloom of Caddis does materialize,  a bleached wing or a high riding imitation visible in the low light conditions will fish well for you.

Stonefly nymphs in abundance are providing an added sustenance as we eagerly anticipate the final stonefly hatch of the season. The male "Shortwing Stones" have been anxiously congregating along the banks of the Yakima, impatiently awaiting the arrival of it's much larger mate.  Migration usually commences during the middle of August and by the first parts of September these gigantic females are taking flight across the waters of the main stem Yakima.  This year, we expect their presence any day. (see above photo)
The Worley Bugger Fly Co. professional guide service bookings are filling quickly for Fall fishing at Blackstone Lake, the Yakima and Klickitat Rivers.   We encourage everyone that would like to experience these fabulous fisheries this Fall with the Worley Bugger, to plan ahead and call us well in advance.

August 13th-2004


As the 3rd week of August arrives, conditions on Central Washington's Yakima River have begun to dramatically turn.  Soggy, over cast days have been replaced with sweltering triple digit weather.  The large brush and forest fires that burned out of control for a number of days, filling the Kittitas Valley with smoke, creating an over cast appearance have finally been extinguished.  However, the effects are visually apparent along the high ridge tops of the upper county as well as the Bristol Flats area of the river.
The hot scorching weather has diminished the aquatic insect activity during the heat of the day, although other fare is readily available to the rainbows of the Yakima.  Terrestrial life forms become a valuable food source for the fish this time of year.  These include an assortment of small to large ground dwelling insects ranging from brightly colored grasshoppers to the smallest of black and red ants.  A warm, summer breeze blowing in the afternoon is a welcome site to fly casters this time of year.
The river volume through the first days of July rose quickly as water demands were filled for Yakima River Valley fruit and hay growers.  Huge pushes of water coursed through the main stem of the river, draining the storage holding faculties of the upper Yakima.  Now, with summer air temperatures on the rise and water flows on a quick descent, water temperatures have taken a significant increase.  With night time lows reaching only the mid 60's, mark, stream temperatures have become seasonably warm.
The larger fish are hunkered down, holding in deeper, faster oxygenated waters or near incoming cool under ground springs during the day.  Weighted nymph imitations will most likely be your best option. Smaller, bank feeding trout haven't been troubled with the increase in water temperature and lie in wait of an easy meal.  You will find they enthusiastically attack surface flies at any opportune time of the day.  Lush, green vegetation has thickened significantly over the past week, so fly casters drifting from a boat have a distinct advantage working the grassy shoreline were these fish have taken up residency.
As day time temperatures begin to cool, dazzling, orange colored sunsets adorn the western sky and summer Caddis hatches will form.  Egg laying Caddis dance atop the water as fish react to the excitement.   A especially nice way to spend a warm, summer evening.

July 29th-2004


As a smoke filled haze lingers over the Kittitas Valley, numerous wild fires around the central area of the state burn wildly out of control.   Several large brush and wild fires have been contained, however more are still burning along the foothills of the Cascades, generating a cloudy, overcast appearance around the valley.
With temperatures hovering just below the triple digit figure most days, the high volume of water that is flushing through the main stem is keeping water temperatures at a fishable condition.  The majority of our fishing guests are now wet wading throughout the day, utilizing only a felt wading boot for stability on the slippery river bottom.
As flows continue to operating at summer capacity, foot fishermen are going to find the are mainly constricted to the over grown, grassy river banks.  Those floating have a strategic advantage over foot and fish.  Boat fishermen can concentrate on key holding areas of the river bank, braids and sections of stream unobtainable this time of year by shore fishermen.  Boat fishing is a far more productive way to fish, but not always an option for everyone.  For those on foot, focus your efforts on the braided areas of the river.  Here, high water flows are usually broken up and become accessible for foot fishermen.
During the heat of the day, the aquatic insect activity is sparse with just a few lingering  morning Caddis, some Yellow Sallie's and a sporadic emergence of Pale Morning Duns.  The female Short-Wing Stones are also taking flight during the hot afternoons, but at this point in relatively small numbers.  This however does not imply slow fishing during the hottest portion of the day.  Fishing for us has remained consistent during the hot part of the day working nymphs, streamers and dry flies.
When fishing the Yakima or any other river or stream, a fly fishermen must discriminate between water types.  What is good nymph water, what is good dry fly water and what is good streamer water.  Rarely is it all three.   Being able to distinguish these types of fishable water is the key to successful fishing during any portion of the day.  Your job or the responsibility of your guide is to differentiate between these water types and produce fish throughout the entire day.  Reading water is a fundamental part of fly fishing that we must all learn.  In order to be successful with a variety of fly fishing techniques, you must be versatile, open minded and learn the basis essentials in order to successful in your fishing.

July 22nd-2004


With river flows continuing on a furious pace, pushing snug against of the well worn banks of the Yakima, summer volumes have begun to drop, at least for the time being.  The river volume at times has been exceeding even summer time levels for the past several weeks, providing cooler water for the trout as well as ideal, shady holding lies.
Warm, sunny days are providing the essential ingredients needed to generate a thick over growth along the banks of the river.  This in turn is procuring a refuge for small terrestrial insects.  Its that time of the season where afternoon aquatic hatches are sparse with just a few P.M.D.'s and Yellow Sallies hatching.  Bank hugging rainbows are burrowed up tight against the green grassy, awaiting a feeding opportunity.   Ants, beetles and grasshopper are standard forage during the warm days of July and August.  An unfortunate incident, a small gust of afternoon breeze or a sudden plight in the wrong direction is all it takes for these summer time feastables to become an afternoon delicacy for the Yakima rainbows.
These are key areas of the river, where dry fly fishermen can find fortune.  It takes works to achieve the perfect drift.  The Yakima won't tolerate a lazy fly fisher, no matter what time of year you fish.   Accurate dead on casts, drag free along this summer time habitat is critical for success.  These grassy areas are ideal, providing adequate cover as well as a ample food supply.  However, don't be mistaken. Not all grassy banks are prime areas for trout this time of year.  Concentrate on the banks that offer the key essentials for trout summer time holding water.
The large, female Shortwing Stones made their first initial appearance on the river this past week.  This is only the beginning of what looks to be a well drawn out hatch of summer stoneflies.  Nymph casing literally, litter the rocks, driftwood and other debris along the Yakima's shoreline.  It shouldn't be long and fish will be looking for those big fluttering dry flies.
The summer Caddis have begun as well, first appearing in numbers during the early evening with sparse emeger action and erupting into a bloom of activity just before dusk.  Most days, if the evening winds are calm, the commotion begins about 7:00 p.m. providing several hours of entertainment.

July 10th-2004


Perfect sunny, summer time weather now prevails across the Central Washington Basin, as day time temperatures soar to the mid eighty degree mark each day.   The water volume continues to operate at peak summer time levels.  With the lush, green vegetation growing along the banks of the river, terrestrials have now become a viable importance for Yakima River fly fishing.
The tall grasses are home to several varieties of insect life, which have become a highly valuable food source for the Yakima's rainbows.  An afternoon westerly breeze can hurl many of these small, vulnerable creatures easily into the river, where they fast become belly filling forage.  Dry fly fishing with terrestrial imitations and other attractor representations have provided mid day excitement throughout the week.
Another food form has also caught the keen eye of the resident rainbows.  The "Male" Shortwing Stones that were amassing along the banks have begun splitting free of their nymphal exoskeleton.  A mass gathering of along the river banks of adult males is now occurring.   Here they lie in wait for the arrival of the larger, fully winged mate.
The nymph migration has been on going, arriving early to the river this season.  Probably due in part to the lower water volumes the river experienced during the month of June. 

Typically, we begin to see the presences of summer stonefly nymphs around the middle of August.  As these large sized stoneflies exodus the Yakima waters, trout eagerly anticipate their movements.

 

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"Yakima-Shortwing Stone-Male"

 

Stonefly nymph migrations on the Yakima generally occurring during the latter portions of the day, late evening and early morning.  If you are in search of larger sized rainbows, the first portion of your day is a good time to cast large sub-surface stonefly imitations.  

When mating between the species occurs, afternoon flights from the egg laying female is a appropriate time to pound large dries to bank feeding opportunist.

During mass movements and gatherings of stonefly nymphs, trout feed heartily on this sub aquatic form.  This large, protein packed banquet of aquatic creatures is easily plundered.  If your artificial is presented correctly, the trout will enthusiastically seize the opportunity and snatch your imitation.  Work the appropriate holding water in each run diligently.
Summer Caddis are also a viable options for early evening dry fly fishing as dark, blooms of Caddisflies dance  uncontrollably above the water at dusk.  Hatches are also sporadically occurring throughout the day in some areas of the Yakima.

June 30th-2004


After temperatures surpassed the triple digit mark in the Kittitas Valley, significant water releases have driven the water volume on Central Washington's fly fishing river to normal summer operating levels.  River flows have increased as stored water is being discharged from the Yakima's reservoirs.  Spring flows had remained low throughout most of the month of June, accommodating foot fishermen.  Low river volumes provided everyone the opportunity  to move about the entire river with ease.  Now, wade fishermen are bank fishermen.  The Lower Yakima below the confluence of the Cle Elum River has become primarily a boating river.  Those prone to wade fishing the lower sections can still find some areas where braids and bank access allow, however these spots are sparse.
With water flows rising, many more holding areas within the river have provided relief for the trout, dispersing concentrations of several Yakima River fish species that have been podding in the river runs together since spring.  Focus your attention on the trout's summer holding water to procure the desired effects.
With warm temperatures just beginning, aquatic insect hatches are sporadic during the heat of the day.  The Pale Morning Duns emergence begins mid-morning and fades during the peak of the afternoon.  Yellow Sallie Stoneflies are prevalent during the heat of the day, especially in some area's of the Upper Yakima.  Terrestrial fishing is just beginning as good numbers of Hoppers in various colors are beginning to grow along the grassy banks of the river.
The stoneflies continue to be the big story on the Yakima.  We are already seeing substantial numbers of the female summer stones, the Shortwings.  These are large size stonefly nymph, only slightly smaller than a Salmon Fly.  Trout enthusiastically batter imitations during the heat of the afternoon, especially in areas where the concentration are densest. 
Its hard to say this year when we will begin to see the big female adults.  The smaller male nymphs have yet to show along the banks for mating purposes.  As soon as this occurs, Shortwing Stone activity will be clamoring along the banks of the Yakima.

As we spend the day celebrating with family and friends  the independence that this great country provides us, lets not forget the service men and women deployed in the Middle East and other parts of the world.   

Though the people of Iraq may not appreciate your sacrifice and dedication to freedom, Americans at home do!   Thank  you from the staff & management of  W.B.F.C.  

Have a safe and peaceful 4th of July.


June 18th-2004


As the Cottonwood tree's shed their seasonal, fibrous matter and the monstrous Monarch Butterflies flutter along the banks of the Yakima on there journey southward, the summer fishing is underway on Central Washington's, trout stream.
A release of water from the Cle Elum Reservoir into the main stem of the Yakima has taken place over the past two days. The river flows are on the rise, however the river is still in excellent fishing condition and the water releases are only being discharged in small increments at this time.  Wade fishing is still an option in some areas, however on foot fishermen are not necessarily going to find it as easy as it has been.
A low volume of ompetition for superior day time holding water between Yakima Rainbows and Rocky Mountain Whitefish has been occurring .  Now that the river has an added volume of water, additional holding areas have been created, leaving the runs less congested with concentration of  Whitefish.
The warming temperatures this week have brought on daily Caddis hatches throughout the river system.  Some areas are seeing better blooms then others, although consistent hatches of Pale Morning Duns, Pale Evening Duns, Little Yellow Mays and Yellow Sallies have kept the fish busy during the day if Caddis are non existent.
The stonefly fishing this year throughout the river has been remarkable. The river has been literally ingested with stoneflies this season and the migration of Golden Stones marches on.  Large, dark bodied imitation that reflect the natural continue to produce results throughout your day of fishing.  With low flows operating throughout the summer months, it should be very interesting to see the quantities of summer stones that converge over the Yakima's waters.  The Shortwing Stonefly,  typically begins migration during the latter portions of the month of August.
As the cooler temperatures resided over the Yakima River Valley during the latter portion of May and the first days of June, Blackstone Lake continued to fish into the first week of June.  The lake has now closed for the summer and will open up once again under the management of Worley Bugger Fly Co sometime during the first portion of September.  On going labor will be conducted at the lake over the summer months fine tuning it for Fall fishermen.  Lake bookings begin filling in August for Fall fishing at Blackstone.  Don't hesitate to call in advance to reserve your group's fishing day.

June 9th-2004


With the warm days of summer quickly approaching, the erratic weather conditions continue to persist throughout the Yakima River Valley.  Warm, scorching days precede over cast, cloudy days mixed with strange unseasonable thunder showers.  Not that we are complaining.  The valley, hillsides and mountains all needs the moisture as the majority of the western states once again face the certainty of another summer drought.
Earlier this week, we spoke directly with the Bureau of Reclamation management team in charge of the Yakima River water operations.  Trying to get a definitive answer from them is like beating your head against the wall.  What they could tell is to expect lower river flows throughout the warm months of summer. The river will flow well below the normal operating volumes that we usually see during the months of June, July and August.  Discharging dates from the reservoirs could not be obtained, however we were told the water would be released to meet the irrigation requirements for farmers in the Kittitas and Lower Yakima Valley as needed.
As of today, the river continues to flow well below the monthly average.  Wade fishing for those without boats still isn't a concern.   Floating the river is always a much more productive way to fish the hatches, however the wading angler will find little resistance from the river at this time.
So, we as fly fishermen continue to enjoy the low water flows throughout the entire main stem of the Yakima.  The cloudy, overcast days are providing plenty of PMD, Caddis and Yellow Sallie activity.  The mixture of Golden Stones is still apparent in some areas of the river. 

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"Yakima-Green Drake Mayfly"

 
The "Green Drake Mayfly" activity is now apparent in some sections of the river as well.  The Yakima Green Drake hatch is a far different emergence than say the Green Drake of the Big Hole River in Montana or the renowned Henry's Fork in Idaho. 

As you can see, the river does have an ample source of Green Drake Mayflies.  Is it a consistent daily hatch like Baetis, March Browns or PMD's.  No.  However, if you happen to be in the right area of the river where the hatch is known to exist, you may encounter this giant mayfly.

Be prepared if you happen across this interesting, gigantic mayfly through the month of June when boating or wading the Yakima.  It's generally an afternoon emergence, lasting just a short while.  Come prepared with imitation to match the natural as big a #6.

Small Baetis become a feeding factor on these days as well.  The sweltering hot days that we experienced late last week, where high temperatures were topping the  90 degree mark, provide little aquatic insect activity during the heat of the day.  Nymph fishing or casting attractor imitation has rendered successes.  Once the early evening arrives and the cooler air descends over the river, the bug activity begins to stir.

May 28th-2004


After spending several days fishing east of the Great Divide, amongst the great rivers of Southwest Montana, I returned to find the spring insect hatches still flourishing on the Pacific Northwest's, Yakima River.  Continued emergences of Mayflies, Caddisflies and Stoneflies persist over the waters of this fabled Central Washington fly fishing river.
With the water volume still unseasonablely low for this time of year, resident fish are taking advantage of the situation.  Fueled by a variation of insect emergences throughout the day, fish are feeding on a diverse assortment of aquatic creatures.  With the Memorial Day weekend started, fishermen in boats and those walking the banks are utilizing the effects of the low water conditions as well.
Pale Morning Dun Mayflies (P.M.D.) are an afternoon treat for those looking for match the hatch fishing.  Caddisflies are thrown into the equation during the day with sporadic blooms appearing in a variety of sizes and colors.  With the erratic weather conditions still prevailing, cloudy overcast days are still providing some Baetis fishing as well. 
Stoneflies have been a constant in the diet of the Yakima Rainbow this season as the Golden Stone continues to emerge.  Stone nymphs fished subsurface have been a consistent producer.  However, if you happen to encounter a hatch of adult stones, the trout are attuned to the large dry fly imitations. The Yellow Sallie action has slowed for the time being, perhaps due to the cooler air temperatures.  The month of June will provide us with plenty of sallie action. 
June is also the time to lend thought to terrestrial fishing and its importance.  Higher water flows on the Yakima, combined with warm, windy days provide bank feeding fish with a nourishing, unexpected, inviting meal.
As the Memorial Day weekend arrives, lets not forget the reason we celebrate the last Monday of May.  The staff, management and professional guide team of Worley Bugger Fly Co. would like to express our sincere appreciation to the service men and women, past and present as well as their families for their self sacrifice and dedicated service to this great nation.  We wish everyone a safe holiday weekend.

May 19th-2004


While the spring fishing continues, weird, erratic weather eclipsed the hillsides of the Kittitas Valley.   Earlier in the week, sporadic rain showers mixed with dark clouds rolled over the central section of the state rejuvenating the hill tops and rivers streamside foliage.  The water volume remains unseasonable low for the month of May, which in turn is procuring an absolute abundant variety of aquatic insect activity.
With river flows low, trout continue to hold in pods.  However, with warming water temperatures the rainbows are moving to summer holding lies, retreating into the cooler water leaving other resident fish species to the warmer areas of the run.  Concentrate your efforts in specific water types for the desired effect.
Since early December, the Yakima has been producing an absorbent amount of stonefly activity.  Skawala Stoneflies were amassed along the banks through the winter and early spring months.  The Yakima rainbows spent countless energy reserves gobbling this early spring forage.
During the month of April, Salmon Fly nymphs and adults were prevalent in sections of the Yakima River.  Consumption of this notorious stonefly occurred over a several week period.  Now, profuse numbers of Golden Stone nymphs are in migration along the river bed of the Yakima.  Another proportionately, large stonefly migrating in low water conditions has literally become a crawling target for Yakima rainbows. The adult  stonefly is also present during the early parts of the afternoon as well throughout sections of the river.  Working large dry flies in specific areas of the river in an appropriate matter will alert attention.
On warmer days, Yellow Sallie Stoneflies are also making an appearance in upper portions of the Yakima.   The nymph stage of this aquatic creature will become an important factor in your fishing during the month of June.  Good numbers are already appearing in the substructure throughout upper portions of the river at this time.
The emergence of Caddis remain a constant daily event over the waters of the Yakima.  Some sections however are experiencing a more robust bloom on a regular basis.  Several species in a variety of colors and sizes are occurring throughout the day.  Expect the Caddis activity to remain consistent and continue hatching over the warm summer months.
Pale Morning Dun Mayflies are also adding to the mixture of aquatic activity as well.  This early afternoon mayfly emergence is conducting attention throughout the main stem of the Yakima.  The P.M.D. nymph, a swimmer has become an intricate part of the trout's diet.  Nymph your favorite imitation during the first parts of the day.  Perhaps in conjunction with a stonefly nymph and reap the rewards.

May 7th-2004


As we prepare to celebrate the Mothers of America, it's Caddis time and several different varieties and sizes are appearing over the waters of the Yakima.  Small Grannom Caddis and large olive-brown Sedge Caddis are making a daily appearance on Central Washington's infamous fly fishing river.

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"Yakima-Sedge Caddis"

 
This emergence is generating a familiar interest throughout the main stem as the rainbows enthusiastically dine on a well rounded diet of pupa, emergers and egg laying caddis adults.

To fish effectively, be prepared to encounter the full stage life cycle of this rather interesting aquatic creature.  A variety of sizes and colors that duplicate the life cycle is important to posses when fishing the Yakima this time of year.

The March Brown Mayflies are phasing out for the season in the majority of the lower river.  This afternoon emergence is still occurring in some sections of the lower stem, although their appearance is sparse at best.  The upper reaches of the Yakima are still producing some good activity at this time.

While one mayfly completes its life cycle, another begins forming.  A sporadic emergence of P.M.D.'s (pale morning duns) has been occurring in some sections of the Yakima as well.  With aquatic insect hatches cycling earlier than expected this year, the month of May is producing this important food fueling mayfly hatch.  At this time P.M.D.  nymphs are clinging to the rivers substructure, so be prepared with artificials that replica these naturals.
Salmon Flies in both nymph and adult stages continue to entice the Yakima Rainbows as well.  Stonefly casing are apparent along the banks of the river where the metamorphosis from nymph to adult form had taken place.  This is a key indication to a fly fishermen that are one time these large nymphs were stirring some very important curiosities.  A keen eye and a close examination of your surrounding can at times tell quite a story. The upper reaches of the river are seeing a large movement of giant stones this year.  This after the lower stem had produced some rather hefty numbers of nymphs last season.  The sub aquatic representation is an important food item, much more than the adult.  However, if you find the yourself in the right set of circumstances, fishing the adults dry fly can be extraordinary.
The staff, management and professional guide team of Worley Bugger Fly Co. would like to wish all the fly fishing mothers a " Happy Mothers Day. Enjoy your Sunday, you deserve it!.

April 29th-2004


As the ashes still smolder along the hillside of the Eastern Cascades from this years first forest fire sparked by an out of control burn, spring fishing on Central Washington's Yakima River continues.  Harsh spring winds whipped over the valley on Tuesday, fueling the flames along the Upper Kittitas County hillside.  After a week of steady, low flows, the river has soared in volume.  However, as of today the rivers water clarity and conditions are fine and the Yakima is fishing!

The river continues to offer a variety of aquatic insects cuisine.  Blizzard Caddis hatches are occurring daily throughout the lower main stem as well as March Brown and Baetis Mayflies in the early afternoon.  Salmon Fly nymphs and adults are also drawing attentions through the main stem of the Yakima.  The gigantic orange bodied adults have arrived early this year and the Yakima rainbows are taking advantage of the feeding opportunity.  Fishing big surface and subsurface imitations in areas of interest has produced some fine fishing over the past several days.
The night time temperatures continue to remain at or below the freezing mark, which will help to keep the river stable and in a fishable state.  Warm day time sunshine is predicted over the next several days with the weekend forecast looking great for some late April fishing.
For those prone to the still waters of the state, Callibaetis Mayflies as well as Damsel nymphs and female adult Damsels (tan-olive) are hatching on the quiet waters of the Central Washington Basin.  Chironomids are a consistent main stay, however this afternoon dry fly distraction is an added bonus in the days fishing opportunities.  Blackstone Lake is now offering these three unique aquatic insect hatches during the day.  Fishing at the lake this spring has been exceptional and with weather conditions constantly improving, May undoubtedly will produce the finest months fishing.  Call the pro shop for booking and tour availablity.

April 23rd-2004


As the cold nights continue their persistence, the beautiful, warm spring days take precedence over the Yakima River Valley.  With river flows at prime condition for this time of year, a wide variety of aquatic insects are making their presence known over the waters of the Yakima.
Blizzard Caddis hatches are occurring in areas of the river and the resident rainbows are far from selective in their undertaking when feeding on this aquatic insect.  Emergers, pupa  and adult patterns in a variety of sizes from 12 to 16 are working well where encounters with this spring emergence occurs.  Those floating the river have a strategic advantage moving from one area to another, concentrating on the key areas where big blooms are happening.  The appearance of feeding River Swallows swooping and diving along the water surface is a key indication that insect activity is apparent.  These are areas to focus your fly fishing efforts.
Baetis and March Brown Mayflies, continue to entice fish in the early parts of the afternoon.  Baetis are a mainstay in the diet of the trout with both nymph and adult being equally important.  However for a short time, the larger of the two mayflies becomes the predominate source of interest.  Each day and section of river is different in the emergence exposure of these mayflies.
The Skawla activity throughout the main stem of the river has slowed, however a few stragglers continue to show a presence.  The larger Salmon Fly nymph is now a much bigger interest and attraction.  Some section of the main stem are prematurely experiencing some adult activity at this time.  With flow conditions low for this time of year, water temperatures are increasing during the warm days.  This is driving a variety of activity for aquatic insects nesting in the waters of the Yakima.  With water temperatures rising, holding lies as well as aquatic activities are motivating Yakima rainbows to seek a variety of different water forms as well.
With warm sunny days filling the skies of the Kittitas Valley, predictions for weekend fishing couldn't be better.  If you are waiting for spring fishing to arrive, don't wait any longer.  Put off the honey do's and head to the Yakima or your favorite still water.  With warming day time temperatures,  the fly fishing still waters of Central Washington are propelling insect activity as well.  Callibaetis Mayflies action is already occurring.   Fish have been feeding readily on the adult duns in the latter parts of the afternoon.  Damsel nymphs are also entertaining some action in local area and basin still waters.

April 15th-2004


As the Yakima Rivers spring surge of water steadily makes a descent, the April aquatic insect emergence is intensifying on tax day 2004.  A wide range of insects and organisms are filtering throughout the rivers system and the Yakima's rainbows are taking advantage of the situation.  Be prepared to encounter several different species during your day of fishing.
Midge and Midge Clusters have literally sheeted the surface of the water in many of the sections of the Yakima.  Orgies of clusters are forming in the eddies and foam lines creating an enticing meal for a foraging rainbow.  The Skawla Stoneflies are still a component during your day of fishing, however some areas of the river are starting to see a decrease in activity. 
As we see the departure of one stoneflies for the season, another quickly steps into to fill its place.  Salmon Fly nymphs, the undisputed king of the stones is once again on the move, crawling along the river floor as their mighty migration has begun.
At this time, some sections of the Yakima are experiencing a large migration of this giant stonefly.  When presented with the right set of circumstances, a rainbow will hardly pass on the opportunity to fill its belly with this large protein packed meal. Dredging a large imitation on a drag free line will most likely reward successes.
The Baetis emergence is steadily occurring during the first portions of the afternoon.  Fish quickly hone their feeding intuitions to the blue wing duns.  However, when the March Brown Mayflies litter across the water, attentions quickly turn to the larger of the two mayflies.  Be set up and ready in an area of the river with a pronounced emergence for this short lived hatch of aquatic insects.  It lasts only a short while, but is now  producing some very exciting fishing.  Once it begins to fizzle and fade for the day, concerns for many of the trout will most likely return to another aquatic form.  A keen eye for detial will be needed to determine just  which fair it is .  Caddis Emergers, Midge Clusters or Baetis?
A small spring squall blew across the upper county earlier in the week creating a surge of water gushing through the main stem of the system.  Today, the river continues to drop, thanks to the cold nights and cool spring days.  Conditions couldn't be better for weekend fishing.  As we approach the irrigation season, farmers around the valley have been busy clearing weeds and other debris from water canals and fields.  Some of the over cast, hazy days are contributed to controlled burning throughout the Kittitas Valley.

April 6th-2004


After a succession of chilly spring nights, the fly fishing days on Central Washington's Yakima River beam with warm, sun filled afternoons.  The cold nights are expected to continue, which we favor this time of year.  The sizeable snow pack that remains in the Cascades is steadily liquefying during the day.  A far better scenario then what could occur.
The river flow has spiked over the past couple of days and although high, the Yakima as of today remains in excellent fishing condition.  With sudden fluctuations in stream flows which has been occurring frequently, aquatic organisms and other earthly matter is constantly being sweep into the rapidly changing currents.  A drag free presentation of your imitations is crucial for any successes.   Wading anglers looking for good spring holding water to fish will have to carefully pick your spots.

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"Yakima-March Brown Mayfly"

Even though water temperature remain low with constant fluctuations, the warm sunny days are producing a smorgasbord of aquatic insect activity.  Skawala Stones, Baetis, March Brown Mayflies, Midges and Caddis are all present throughout the Yakima's main stem.

The flurry of activity is beginning by mid-day as the air temperature quickly ascends to a comfortable degree.  Skawla Stones, both the adult and sub aquatic form are consequential during the first portion of your day due to night time and early morning migrating periods.

By early afternoon the trout's taste change.  Baetis Mayflies as well as Caddis Emergers become the primary target for foraging rainbows. 

Within this mixture of insects, March Brown Mayflies suddenly appear, gathering in the foam lines of the river.  Some areas of the river are producing a more concentrated hatch of these large mayflies at this time.  As the days progresses the emergence of March Browns will only intensify.  Those anxiously waiting for consistent dry fly fishing to begin, wait no longer. 

March 30th-2004


While the water volume continues to recede, spring time aquatic insect activity has been heating up on the Yakima.  As the cfs (cubic feet per second) flow steadily drops,  the warm Kittitas Valley days are fashioning the required water temperature for an April emergence of mayflies.
The past week, midge balls or cluster have congregated through areas of the river forming an orgy of drifting insects.  A welcome site along the foam lines and seams for a opportunist like the Yakima rainbow.
The egg laying Skawla Stonefly has also been actively doing her part to insure a future generation of spring stoneflies.  The sub aquatic representation of this aquatic form continues to be a main source of nutrients as well. 
Baetis nymphs in most areas of the river have also become an intricate part of the rainbows diet.  Fished appropriately within the water column and the gathering foam lines of the river should produce the desired effect.  By early afternoon, the adult duns will become fair for the Yakima rainbows as rising trout feast on these spring mayflies. 
With water temperatures still below the 45˚ mark, fish of all species are holding in specific, spring water types.  While fishing the river, concentrate your efforts on these essential areas of the Yakima.
The March Brown Mayfly activity that we so anxiously await is beginning, but in slow stages.  Sporadic emergences of these April mayflies is appearing lightly in the lower Yakima River Canyon.  However, areas of the river that produce far greater numbers of the Rhithrogena Morrissoni have yet to materialize there.  
As water flows continue to recede, the river temperature will inevitably warm, producing the springs best match the hatch fishing.  This typically occurs as the water approaches the 46-47˚(degree) mark.
The still water fisheries of Central Washington have also been reporting days of good spring fishing.  The warm, sunny days are providing the adequate retreat for many anglers as they travel to the eastern basin.  The private still waters such as Blackstone Lake is also providing good, quiet fishing days.  The larger rainbows are reacting to the warming waters and have begun cruising the banks in search earthly aquatic substance.  Booking days for April are popular with a few still remaining.  If interested, please contact the Worley Bugger pro shop in Ellensburg for availability.

March 18th-2004


As the Yakima's water conditions continue to operate at powerful spring flows, an erratic change is occurring daily within the system.  This disturbance is generating some rather distinct scenarios within the feeding column.
A variety of matter, such as leaves, moss, small twigs and other vegetation that is usually settled is being continuously agitated throughout the water column.  Along with this earthly matter, a diverse assortment of aquatic organisms are also being sweep through the system.
With the higher flows and cooler water temperatures, the trout have retreated to specific water types.  Bank feeders are holding tight and will eagerly snatch a streamer if given the opportunity.  Be prepared to fish a variety of techniques if you plan on spending time on the river this spring.  With fluctuations in water flows, feeding circumstances and opportunities are constantly evolving. 
The spring wind that is notoriously associated with the Kittitas Valley has also been routinely present during the day.  By afternoon, the Cottonwood are bending and swaying as a howling rumbles through the tops of the trees.  However don't let this discourage you.  Their are several areas of the Yakima where adequate cover exists.  If you find these places, a fly fishermen can enjoy the warm, beaming sunshine and easily cast a line to the resident rainbows.
The breeze is working in conjunction with the higher water fluctuations.  Unable to break the surface tension in windy areas, sub-aquatic mayflies are simply prevented from emerging.   Here they lie stranded under the surface film still incased in their meniscus. The trout have a bounty of sustenance at their disposal and are eagerly taking advantage of the feeding opportunities. 
Skawla Stonefly adults are showing throughout the river, however not in large numbers throughout its entirety.  We are covering all areas of the river from Cle Elum to the Lower Yakima River Canyon and have yet to see a major presence of this flight-less stonefly.   The Lower sections of the river, through the Yakima Canyon by far have showed the most activity.   With conditions varying daily, the adult presence could occur any time.

March 12th-2004


A secession of  warm, sunny days has produced a new record for March weather temperatures in the Yakima River Valley. This in turn has reeked  havoc on the lower rivers water conditions.  Water flows increased earlier in the week and by Tuesday most of the lower Yakima's water clarity had been compromised.  The culprit.   Warm weather, a large snow pack and a host of tributaries feeding the lower Yakima River.
As of today, water flows have peaked for the time being.  Water clarity in the lower river below the Teanaway remains at less than a foot of visibility.   With night time temperatures still dropping below the freezing mark, conditions could dramatically improve in the next 24-36 hours.  However, rain showers are forecasted for Friday throughout the valley, which in turn could make matters even worse.  This time of year under these conditions its really a day to day observance of the river, weather and water conditions.  Those that fish the river on a regular basis will remember dealing with this same type of river situation this time last year.  Call the pro shop for an up to date report.
The upper Yakima above the confluence of the Teanaway remains in fishable condition, despite the deterioration of the lower sections.  Insect occurrences have been sparse during the week with sporadic emergences of Baetis hatching during the afternoon.  No sign of adult Skawlas in the upper portions that we have witnessed as of yet.  Hordes of sub aquatics are nesting in the rocks in this area and could show signs of adulthood any day.  However, water temperature throughout that portion of the system remains below the 45˚ mark.
For those hoping to see March Browns in the coming weeks I wouldn't' get your hopes to high.  The emergence of these large, exciting mayflies doesn't begin stirring until the first part of April.  By that time were all hoping for a cooperating river.
For the fanatical still-water fly fishermen, the basin lakes are reporting a resurgence in activity after getting off to a slow opening at the beginning of the month.  With warming weather over the past week, the Midge fishing has intensified on Lenice, Nunally and Lake Lenore.  Go prepared with a variety of colors and sizes.  Feeding activity and preferences are changing daily.   Reports from our guided still water trips on Blackstone Lake are ranging within the same boundaries.  Warming temps are producing more Midge activity, especially in the mornings and early evenings.  Reservations for spring fishing are thinning.  Those looking for the latter parts of April thru May should reserve your spot now!

March 3rd-2004


As the month of March begins,  a variety of aquatic forms are now stirring throughout the water column, diversifying the feeding opportunities for the Yakima River Rainbows.  Elements evolve daily as the rivers water temperature begins to rise.
Most days, warm sunshine beams brilliant rays over the river basin.  Other days, like today, a winter snow storm invades the Kittitas Valley, leaving a thin blanket of cover.  Annual aquatic episodes that occur during the regeneration of spring are apparent throughout the main stem of the river.  Mayfly nymphs that cling, burrow or swim along the river bed are wandering, providing an assorted ingestion for the resident rainbows. 
Stonefly nymphs have been a ample source of dietary consumption throughout the winter months and continue to supply essential sustenance as well.  Nests of Skawla Stone Fly nymphs have massed along the shore waiting for the opportune time to emerge.  Adult activity is sporadic at best., however with the warming days this clash of unrest could break lose any day.
The river conditions remain constant with very little fluctuation despite some of the smaller tributaries discharging a mixture of snow and ice into the main stem.  The majority of activity begins mid day with consistent action on subsurface imitations. 
Surface presentation begins in the afternoon as Spring Baetis begin to form over the waters of the Yakima.  Dry fly fishing is under way as the Yakima rainbows partake in sipping these small mayflies from the surface  Pods of fish enthusiastically display a show of rising rings, relinquishing their holding lies.
Many of the public still water fisheries around the state are now open. The management of Worley Bugger Fly Co is pleased  to announce the spring opening of Blackstone Lake, a private still water located in the Yakima River Valley.  Chironomid and scud fishing will be the criteria during the month of March.  Spawning rituals are already underway in the south end of the lake.  Since ice off,  we have been monitoring the proceedings and they were already building redds under the sheet ice. 
The lake and fish are in excellent condition once again this year.  Blackstone Lake had its most popular fishing year in 2003.  With days being reserved well in advance, opportunities to fish this private still water are filling quickly.  Please make your group reservation early this year.

February 23rd-2004


It's early Monday morning and the sun is beginning to rise over the central basin, warming the Yakima River Valley.  The deep snow pack that piled along the banks and hillsides throughout the month of January is beginning to soften, disappear quickly under the Central Washington sunshine.  A welcome site as the month of March approaches.
The day commences with a cool, crisp morning.  However, by mid afternoon the Central Washington sunshine is booming across the basin, creating pleasant 40+ degree fishing days.  With warming day time highs and increasing water temperatures, the Yakima's sub aquatic life is starting to stir. 
This past weekend, Blue Wing Olive Mayflies began appearing in areas of the Yakima.  The trout's attentions are now turning to a variety of food forms as Baetis nymphs free float throughout the water column.  The Skawla Stonefly nymphs have been a major source of nutrients for the Yakima Rainbows over the past several months.  This continues to be the case and they will remain an intricate part of their diet over the next several weeks.  Adult activity is sporadic at best as of yet.  Some area's of the river produced small numbers of this spring stonefly over the weekend. 
By the beginning of March, the adult stonefly will play an active role in the trout's consumption and the Yakima River fly fishermen's day.  This activity will occur throughout the major portions of the main stem.
The ice is breaking up quickly on Blackstone Lake as a majority of this premier still water fishery is now opened.  The south end of the lake, shaded by Poplars and Willow trees remains covered with a thin layer of sheet ice.  If day time temperatures persist,  this section of the lake will become available for fishing. 
The rainbows have wintered well, despite the harsher conditions they experienced this winter.  We have been sampling the lake a few days a week for short periods of time, testing fly patterns and examining the fisheries state.  The fish are foraging heartily on scuds, leeches and chironomids as remnant plant growth from last summer is breaking away.  Many of the 2 pound fish from last year have gain excessive girth. It is possible the lake will open this week.  Bookings for spring fishing are filling.   The lake has grown very popular over the past couple of years under the management of the Worley Bugger guide team.  Please call ahead this year to reserve your groups place.
The Worley Bugger-Yakima River guide schedule for March is filling quickly with some spaces still available.  Our winter rates will remain in effect through the end of February.  Please refer to our new price list for the upcoming season.

February 11th-2004


As the days of February count away, day breaks on the Central Washington's rainbow trout stream, producing a foggy, thirty degree morning.  However, by early afternoon the famous Kittitas Valley sunshine is booming across the basin warming everything.  And what's better yet,  more of that warm light continues to last as the hours of the day grow longer.  This means winter is on its way out and spring in the beautiful Yakima River Valley is approaching.  With the change of seasons, aquatic forms that have lied secreted, growing over the past years time will once again flourish on the waters of the Yakima River.
The fishing has remained consistent over the past week as a variety of fish species combat for territory and holding lies within the runs of the river.  Flows have dropped considerably, leaving less water  for optimal feeding efficiency and congregating fish throughout the prime lies of the river.
The dynamics of the Yakima are constantly changing.  When these seasonal changes occur, aquatic creatures that live within the confines of this change are forced to adapt or another species becomes dominant.  As a fly fishermen you are forced into this change as well, whether you know if or not.  If you adapt you can be successful in your fishing.  Don't be naive in thinking because it's late winter fish aren't eating.
Ice is thawing and loosening across the river and lakes of the valley as midge and midge larva are susceptible to foraging fish.  In addition to that  food form, Skwala Stones have been migrating to mating grounds along the banks of the Yakima since December?
The water temperature still remains in the upper thirties, to cold to produce adult activity.  However, remember this is a early spring stonefly.  Adult activity will begin when the water temperature warms to the mid forties.
The upcoming "Fly Fishing Show" in Bellevue is approaching.  We have had numerous calls and emails inquiring about our attendance this year.  I have to say, unfortunately  we will not be attending.  Although we felt it was a good show last year with some very good spot light guest speakers, we have found it nearly impossible this year to justify shutting down our business, especially our guiding business for three days to attend.  Our schedule has kept several of us busy this winter and we are not seeing a reprieve in the bookings for February fishing.  So while others attend we will be busy working.
Our spring dates for fishing the Yakima and our private still water fisheries are filling quickly.  We are encouraging an early booking this year for spring fishing on both the Yakima and Central Washington's premier still water, Blackstone Lake.  To arrange your favorable day on both fisheries, please call in advance.  Winter rates will remain in effect through the end of February.

February 1st-2004


It's Super Bowl Sunday,  the first day of February and once again a light dusting of snow has fallen overnight around the Kittitas Valley.  A warming trend earlier in the week fashioned a thaw, initiating the snow pack melting process.  This effect in turn created many of the small creeks around the valley to swell.  These small, bloated tributaries released a surplus of water into the main stem of the river causing a rapid increase in water conditions. 
Consecutive cooler days and nights now has the river receding.  Much of the valley snow that had fallen earlier in the month has quickly began to disperse, however the basin hillsides still show an apparition of a much harder winter than the previous years.
Today's weather glows as sunshine and blue skies abound across the basin.  However, forecaster are calling for a likelihood of incoming snow showers over the valley the next couple of days.  Basin winds are also projected along with the storm, which should help expedite the snow melt if it should occur.   Watch the gauging stations daily for changes in the river conditions or call the Ellensburg pro shop for more detailed information.

A break in the winter conditions is a welcome sight this time of year.  Winter storms and snow decorating the valley streets and hills around the holidays is pleasing to the eye, creating a festive feeling.  However, by February I am happy to start to see it diminish and quickly fade away.

This cold  winter also showed no reprieve on the still waters of the central region.  Thick ice formed on the valleys premier, private fly fishing waters as Blackstone Lake for the first time in many winters completely iced over.  However, the warming weather mixed with the renowned westerly winds have been rapidly dissolving that thick layer.  Approximately 50 yards of the west end of the lake is now opened and each day more of the lake becomes available.  The rainbows have steadily begun to feast on Chironomids on a daily basis.  Guided tour reservations have been booking since December for spring fishing at Blackstone Lake.  If you are interested in fishing this privately managed still water fishery this spring with Worley Bugger, do not delay in calling.   Once the majority of the ice is thawed, fishing at Blackstone will open.  From what we have seen the past couple of days, we anticipate excellent fishing in February.

January 24th-2004


As the first month of the year is quickly departing, relief from the severe winter storm that blasted the Kittitas Valley is gradually arriving.  The monstrous snow accumulations that heaped along the banks of the river are slowly loosening and beginning to soften and melt.  Its quite a sight to see, as drifts over 9 feet tower over many of the trees and willows along the Yakima River Banks.
The fish continue to pick up stones, nymphing them along the bottom.  An additional dropper nymph can be attached if desired, but its not necessary.  Other wet fly techniques, such as streamers, soft hackles, or buggers can prove productive some days, but the before mentioned methods are producing far better results at this time.  The river is in prime condition as weather forecasters are calling for warming days throughout the better part of the week.
Earlier this week a new Yakima River fly fishermen was inducted into the brethren.  Chuck Cooper, operator of Cooper's Guide Service, welcomed his son into the world.  Clark C. Cooper was born in Seattle, is a healthy 8lbs-12 oz. and measures 22" inches long.  Chuck and his family are of course elated with their new bundle of joy.  Both mother and father are doing fine.  When you see Chuck on the water be sure to congratulate him!

During the below zero chill that settled in the valley the first part of the new year, the Worley Bugger Pro-Shop in Ellensburg felt the effects of the cold snap.  A water line burst during the night, spilling water throughout the entire fly shop.  We awoke the next morning to find several inches of standing water. The mess, as you can well imagine kept us busy for several days. Since then we have been cleaning up and trying to get the store back in shape.  Since we had a mess, we decided to make an even bigger one!   A fly shop expansion is underway, creating over a third more space in the store.  The construction should be completed this week and we will have the store pieced back together.  This expansion will again, create the largest, most complete, professional fly fishing shop in Central Washington, especially with the addition of several new fly fishing lines arriving this spring.  The store and guide service remains open during the construction, so please....excuse our mess.

 

January 13th-2004


After frigid, artic temperatures stormed through the Central Washington basin, wreaking havoc and accumulating several feet of snow throughout the valley, warmer temperatures are now occurring.  The slush ice that was prevalent before the holidays, has cleared leaving crystal, clear waters.  Some sections of the river in the Yakima Canyon are completely under ice.  The portion of river running  from "The Slab" to the Roza Dam is a motionless piece of snow and ice from bank to bank.
Area's of the river that have a steep gradient, creating a some moving current remain open and fishable.   Subsurface fishing continues to a be staple and most effective form of fishing.  However, dry enthusiasts are finding some trout "Midging", concentrating their feeding opportunities on these tiny aquatic creatures. 
The Kittitas Valley hasn't experienced winter storms this severe since "1996-97"  At that time, great floods ravaged the river basin and changed it forever.  The past several years have spoiled us with mild days brimming with sunshine, leaving the river wide open for winter fishing. 
After a brief hiatus from the river, fishermen have now returning to the Yakima for January fishing.  With portions of the Yakima under ice, selecting a run to fish for the day is hardly complicated.

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