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December 17th-2005


With Christmas less than a week away, frigid temperatures that we usually experience during the month of January, continue to dominate the Kittitas Valley.  Single digit, crisp clear mornings have a firm grip on the Yakima River Basin.  Huge mounds of ice have formed in and along the river, freezing passage in the slow moving pools of the Yakima. 
The lower Yakima River Canyon in many areas is completely sheeted with ice.  Upper portions of the river are open and fishable, as ice has formed in and around the shoreline.   Areas of the Yakima on a steeper gradient with plenty of current, remain ice free.   Believe it or not,  the die hard winter trout fishermen are on the river fishing during the sunny December afternoons.

Low, clear, cold water conditions have the resident Whitefish busy moving gravel along the river bottom during the day.  Spawning activity occurs for this native species of the Yakima this time of year throughout the entire river.  The rainbows take advantage of this daily event and forage.  An easy meal for them this time of year, when insect hatches are solely contributed to tiny midges.
Just because its the middle of winter don't assume the insect activity is non existent on this Central Washington trout stream.  A massive stonefly migration is underway as the Skwalla Stones begin their ascent to the shallow shorelines of the Yakima.  Hearty, winter forage for the Yakima River Rainbows.
Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year To All Of The Fly Fishing Community!  See You In 2006.

December 5th-2005


With the month of December underway, another winter snow storm has blanketed the Yakima River Valley, dressing the surrounding hillsides and river banks in a seasonal holiday wonderland.  The blizzards are a blessing for everyone, after enduring the consequences of last years mild, storm-less winter.  Piles of the frosty white matter is building in volumes, high atop the Cascade Mountain Range.  Come spring, as the warming temperatures develop, these accumulations of precipitation will begin melting and once again fill the headwater reservoirs of the Yakima.

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Midge Cluster

Midge Adult

 
 
 
 Family:  Chironomidae
 Order:  Diptera
 Common Name:  Midge
 Emergence:

 Spring-Fall-Winter

 Imitations:

 Name:

Size

 Nymph

Tung Zebra Midge

#22
 Adult

Griffiths Gnat

#22

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Yakima River Winter Stonefly

Chilly Ellensburg mornings quickly give way to warmer afternoons as that infamous Central Washington sunshine beams across the river basin.
 
Its warmth provides adequate time to wet a line in the winter waters of the Yakima.  Bright , sunny days are forecasted for the entire week.
 
The river is in great condition flowing low, much like what you would expect to find this time of year. 
 
Local fly fishers are taking advantage of the conditions and enjoying the fruits of a crowd less river.
 
With the appropriate wading gear, a fly fishermen can stay warm and comfortable throughout the day.
 
Finding a willing fish to participate in the daily events isn't especially difficult either.  The rainbows have taken up residency in their winter holding lies of the Yakima.  Spending the time finding them is far less complicated this time of year. 

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"Current Insect Activity"


 

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 Midge  Midge Pupa
 Winter Stonefly

 Winter Stones
Caddis Pupa
 

 Sculpins


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"Yakima River Flows"


Easton Flow 180 cfs.
Cle Elum Flow 422 cfs.
Teanaway Flow 500 cfs.
Eburg Flow 620 cfs.
Umtanum Flow 640 cfs.
You will encounter a diversity of fish in each run as Whitefish and other resident species share the water with the Yakima River Rainbows.  For those that may find winter wading in the Yakima uninviting, the option of a warm, heated fly fishing drift boat is always an alternative.  Take advantage of our great seasonal rates, catch a few fish and spend the day on the river.  What could better!  The spring creek waters of Rocky Ford are always an option for the bank fishermen as well.  Reports from the die hard, winter fly fishing enthusiasts late last week, reported good fishing with Baetis and Midges.
This holiday season treat yourself or your fishing partner to a Worley Bugger guided tour gift certificate.   A variety of fly fishing adventures are available and continue to be an extremely popular gift each season.  Please contact the pro shop if you have any questions or would like to purchase one for the deserving fly fishermen on your list this year.
The Klickitat River fly fishing season ended this past Wednesday, the 30th of November.   Summer steelheading got started late this year as the fish slowly migrated into the river. Low, warmer than usual water conditions, some of the lowest every recorded on the Klickitat were partially to blame.  However, by late August the fish numbers were picking up considerably and the Fall fishing on this south central Washington river was pretty exciting.  Were already looking forward to the June 1st-2006 summer steelhead opener.  Thanks to all our guests that fished with us.  It was great showing you this magnificent piece of water.

November 18th-2005


As the frosty mornings begin in the Yakima River Valley, thick fog banks cover the hillsides of this quiet little farming community.  The thin layer of snow that blanketed the surrounding ridges several days ago, beams lightly along the hill tops.  The peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range, cresting in the western skyline are once again draped in snow.  Like usual, the first portion of November was cool here in the central basin, a climatic change from what we experience during the month of October.  However, most days the warmth of the afternoon sunshine slices through the low lying fog, crafting an ideal day for the die hard late season trout or summer steelhead fishermen in Central Washington's rivers and streams.
With the changes occurring in our seasons, the Yakima River is no exception.  Transformation from one season to the next is an unscheduled event that takes place each year, dictated by weather and water conditions.
The resident fish of the Yakima are adjusting and have begun taking up holding lies in the winter waters of this classic western trout stream.  Here, river waters warm much quicker during the shorter sun periods of the day.  These waters also produce the winter seasons specific aquatic insect emergences during the afternoon.  Baetis Mayflies are still a daily occurrence and will continue through the remainder of the month.  Hatches are quite lighter than what you may have encountered during October and can be river section specific.
The much smaller midge is now playing its role as one of the trout's winter food sources as well.  Those fly fishermen looking to target specific surface feeders on these tiny aquatics will find areas of the lower Yakima River Canyon your best bet for these winter time Chironomid emergences.
The small Winter Stoneflies will also be a food source throughout the winter months of December and January.  The nymphs are now a critical  portion of the food chain, however feeding on adult stones will occur in particular water types during the afternoons.
The summer Steelhead fishing continues on both the Klickitat and Methow River with both of these beautiful Washington rivers producing fun filled fishing days.  Both rivers are operating at below normal stream volume, however the Klickitat Valley did received some much needed rainfall over the past weekend.  Typically a moderate rain shower will diminish the Klickitat's clarity and produce a glacier tint to the stream.  However, on Monday the river had just a hint of color, perfect for fishing low water conditions.  The Klickitat steelhead season comes to a close on Wednesday, November 30th.  The Methow River, will remain open indefinitely throughout the winter months.
For those fly fishermen looking for more consistent surface activity and would prefer not to wade the cool waters of the Yakima, the central basin waters of Rocky Ford is always a viable option throughout the winter months.  Consistent hatches of Baetis and Midges will occur at this desert spring creek on a daily basis.

November 1st-2005


As the first day of November begins, consecutive early morning rain showers have fallen over the Yakima River Valley.  A much needed shot of water has entered the lower rivers system, via a host of tributaries that feed this Central Washington trout stream.  The Fall eye candy that has been brilliantly displayed along the banks and hillsides of the Yakima during the month, is slowly falling away.  Cooler, night time temperatures have settled in as the Kittitas Valley under goes the transformation of yet another season.
Fly fishermen were out in full force this past weekend taking advantage of the beautiful Fall days.  Sunny, warm afternoons prevailed, providing perfect conditions for a late October fly fishing experience.  As daylight savings time comes to an end and we fall back one hour in time, you can expect the hatches also to begin later in the afternoon.  The emergence of Baetis and Mahogany Dun Mayflies is still active throughout the majority of the lower Yakima River. 
Throughout the first portions of November, expect to see these mayfly emergences begin in the latter portions of the afternoon.  As the month progresses and colder temperatures become a regularity, these mayflies appearances will thin and the Yakima rainbows will begin moving into their winter holding waters.  Their concentrations on other vital winter food sources will become important throughout the remainder of November, continuing throughout the holiday month of December.  October Caddis continue playing an important role in the daily aquatic insect activity on the Yakima during the latter portions of the day. 
The lower canyon sections of the river is experiencing some hatches, however the Farmlands and Upper Yakima have a much higher density of these giant Halloween Caddis. The pupa stages of the insect being of far greater consequence to resident rainbows than the adults.  You can expect to see this giant caddisflies daily appearances diminish as the month of November progresses.
The east side Steelhead fishing continues, as the last month of the Klickitat River season begins.  Closure on the river is November 30th.  Over the past week, Fall Chinooks have moved into the upper sections of the river taking over the shallow portions of the river bed for spawning purposes.  This activity will begin to diminishing as the month progresses and steelhead will once again have the river to themselves.  The Methow River is experiencing the same natural phenomenon and will remain open for summer steelhead fishing throughout the remaining months of winter.  For guided tour information and availably throughout the month of November, please call the pro shop.
The still water fisheries of the central portion of our state also remain busy with fly fishermen.  Lake Lenore is offering Cutthroat fishing and Lake Lenice and Nunnally report good fishing for browns and rainbows in the shallower waters.  Blackstone Lake, located in the Kittitas Valley is no exception.  Guided tours are available to this private trophy fishery throughout the month of November.

October 12th-2005


As we approach the middle portion of the month, hatches of Mayflies and Caddisflies are a daily event on Central Washington's, Yakima River.  Vibrant Fall colors, adorn the banks of this classic western river as the Cottonwoods and other stream side foliage present a spectacular, picturesque exhibition of Mother Nature at her finest.  Its hard to imagine a finer month of the year than October to be fly fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
Anadromous migrating rainbows are returning to the rivers in great numbers. The Klickitat, Methow and Grande Ronde Rivers are all reporting good steelhead stats at this time.  Spawning Fall Chinook and Coho Salmon are busy building redds in streams across the state, while bull elk preoccupied with the rutt are bugling in the river bottoms of the Yakima.  Fall Baetis continue to steal the show as their emergence begins during the early portions of the afternoon.  Rainbows, busy during this mayfly event are slurping these tiny food forms from the surface film.
For some, frustrating circumstances can arise during this time.  Presenting a tiny imitation to match the natural insect can at times produce discouraging results.  One obstacle that I see many times on the river is the "over-caster". Casting forty or fifty feet of fly line in these water conditions puts you out of the game, especially from a boat.
The low, clear water flows provide the Yakima rainbows with a distinct advantage.   At times, even when you may think you are achieving the drag free drift, bits of micro drag can be amplified on the fly line, leader and fly.  Creating shorter casts while working smaller amounts of line and water in combination with a productive pattern will provide you with much more consistent fishing action.
Mahogany Dun Mayflies as well as the Light Cahill Mayfly continue their afternoon appearances.  This is a much shorter lived hatch than the Blue Wing Olives, lasting approximately thirty minutes to an hour in most cases.  The fish do key in on their presence, so make sure you are equipped with appropriate patterns to match the natural.
The Fall Caddis in the early evening hours are also a target for Yakima Rainbows.  You may only see a handful of these hatching Giant Orange Sedges, however that is enough for the fish to key on their presence.  This is a good time to fish the "pupa" imitation as larger size rainbows seek out this substantial sub surface meal.

October 6th-2005


After a week of warm sunny weather, proceeded by a wet, drizzly weekend, a transformation has taken place throughout the Yakima River system.  Frosty night time lows have proliferated the aquatic insect activity, especially the mayfly emergences.  Baetis, Mahogany Duns and Light Cahills are all an important factor throughout your day of Yakima River fly fishing.  Today, warm temperatures and overcast skies have created the ideal Fall fishing scenario.
The warmer weather we experienced last week continued to produce adult stonefly activity.  However, now with the cooler October temperatures settling in, this week we have seen a noticeable difference in this summer stoneflies afternoon appearance.  Most likely, this significant Yakima River stonefly has completed it cycle for the year.
The Giant Orange Sedge or October Caddis has become a familiar site in specific areas of the river in the late afternoons.  The farmlands and upper portions of the Yakima have a much more concentrated hatch than what you will encounter throughout the lower canyon sections.  These gigantic, bright orange Caddis flies attract undue attentions as they emerge breaking the waters surface.
The egg laying females, much like their smaller counterparts thrash and flay on the top of the water during this process. Its during this time they become an important factor to the Fall dry fly fishermen.  Favorite imitation to match the natural are, the Norm Woods, the Stimulator or Slickwater Caddis.  These patterns can be fished on a dead drift or with a skating, twitching motion.
During the early portion of the afternoon, clouds of Baetis Mayflies begin hatching.  Mixed within the emergence of this tiny, olive bodied insect are the larger, Mahogany Dun Mayflies.   At this time, you may find it productive to present a tandem selection of dry flies to hatch both of the naturals.  The Yakima rainbows will be actively feeding on both aquatic insects.  Presenting distinct imitations will provide you with two things.   It gives fish the diversity that are looking for and it also aids the presenter with a larger silhouette to identify the much smaller trailing pattern.  Often times, the glare given off by the afternoon water surface or the fact that the fish feed inattentively in the foam lines can present some low visibility problems.  The larger point flies helps correct the problem and increases your fishing opportunities.  In some areas of the river, Light Cahills,  a pale bodied mayfly much like the P.M.D. will also be apparent during the afternoon.
The pro shop has fielded many calls this week about the flow of the river.  It is operating at a very low volume, however it is still quite drift able.  Even with the low volume of water, your odds of having a successful fishing day go up considerably while fishing from a boat.  You will find trout holding in specific water and definitive Fall water types.  Being able to move quickly, gives you more flexibility and the upper edge on your wily opponent.
Last weeks rain storm didn't do much for our steelhead fishing on Southeast Washington's, Klickitat River.  A heavy down pour of rain, touched down in the Klickitat Valley and the tributaries known locally as the "Big Muddy and Little Muddy" flowing from Mount Adams began spewing mud into the river.  Visibility was non existent and our tours were postponed to a later date.  Drier conditions this week have dropped river flows once again and enough clarity has returned for fishing.  With the increase in water, a new push of steelhead and salmon have coursed through the Klickitat system.
Washington State's North Central Steelhead river, the Methow will open this Saturday, October 8th.  Steelhead and Salmon continue to breach the Bonneville Dam by the thousands and are now moving over the other Columbia River barriers in big numbers.  Professional guided tours are available throughout the entire Fall and Winter season.  Contact the pro shop directly for dates and availability for both the Methow and Klickitat Rivers.

September 27th-2005


As the first official calendar day of Fall commences, beautiful fly fishing days reign over the Yakima River Valley.  Evidence of a changing season is already visible. The rivers towering Cottonwood Trees that shield us from the spring winds have begun to shed their yearly coat.  Stream foliage that grew lush during the hot days of summer is beginning its transformation into brilliant Fall colors. Cooling night time temperatures have settled into the Kittitas Valley. 
Its hard to imagine a better time to be fly fishing than the month of October.  Stream flows are low, several varieties of aquatic insects have begun their seasonal emergence cycle and the rivers are adorn in vibrant color.   A nip in the morning air gives way to warm, comfortable afternoons.
This past week, we observed the several stages of aquatic insects. Mahogany Duns, Baetis and the Yakima's Fall pale toned mayfly, the Light Cahill were present.  The Shortwing Stonefly continued to play its part in the days fishing as well. This week we expect to see the summer stonefly hatch begin to thin. 
Good numbers of October Caddis appeared during the latter portions of the day.  This large Fall food form will become a highly important part of the food chain throughout the remaining months of Fall.  Don't overlook its Importance, especially during the early morning and late afternoons, when this insect is most active.  Pupa and adult patterns will be an essential part of your fly box arsenal.
Expect to see more condensed hatches of this Caddisfly throughout the Farmlands and upper portions of the Yakima's system.  The Lower Canyon does experience a hatch of these Giant Halloween Sedges, however not near the numbers that will occur throughout Upper River. Hydropsyche Caddis (spotted sedge) as well are apparent in the late mornings.  Appropriate patterns of color and size in pupa, emergers and adults fished throughout the mid day can be productive throughout most of the upper portions of the Yakima.
This time of year, returning stocks of Yakima Chinook Salmon also play a major role in the daily feeding habits of our resident rainbows.  These large anadromous fish begin the end of their life cycle as their spawning rituals commence throughout the Upper Yakima River system.  Don't neglect their significance in the river either!  Over the past several years, the higher presence of Chinook's has helped nurture the river, producing another highly nourishable Fall food source for the resident fish population.  Their existence in the Yakima has also helped proliferated the presence of more aquatic insects.   More aquatics = larger trout!
The Klickitat River is now experiencing a big push of Steelhead and Salmon moving through its system as well.  This Southwestern Washington River was opened two months early this year in anticipation of a high number of hatchery strains of fish returning.  Low, warm water slowed the numbers, however now as the Fall Salmon make their journey upriver, Steelhead of both hatchery and wild origins are following close at hand.  In recent days, we experienced multiple hooks ups with both hatchery and wild fish.  Hooking, fighting and landing these strong, beautiful fish is a formidable task for any fly fishermen. For guided tour information, please contact the pro shop in Ellensburg for dates and availability throughout the months of October and November.
With cooler weather now occurring, the stillwaters of the central area of our state are once again on the minds of many fly fishermen.  Reports from the desert fisheries has been good.  Callibaetis Mayflies are present as well as some lingering Damsel Fly activity.  Blackstone Lake , located in the beautiful Kittitas Valley is no exception.  For guided tour information to this premier stillwater, please contact the pro shop in Ellensburg for dates and availability.

September 16th-2005


Perfect over cast days blanketed the Kittitas Valley over the past weekend, fashioning an ideal fly fishing scenario unlike we have seen on the Yakima in several weeks.  The extended weather forecast is predicting more of the same patterns for the upcoming week.  With river flows now operating at Fall volumes, wading opportunities abound throughout the entire river system.
Cool night time temperatures and mild September days now dominate the entire Yakima River Valley.  With the reduction in river flows and a decrease in summer water temperatures, the aquatic life on the Yakima is once again coming to life.  At times throughout the day, several hatches of Baetis Mayflies will spark an interest as fish find feeding opportunities.
The Yakima's larger sized Fall mayfly, the Mahogany Dun is also starting to appear throughout the water column.  A seine sample will confirm the contents of aquatic life filtering through the river system for you.
Low Fall flows have condensed the river, creating a funnel effect  for day time, free drifting aquatic organisms.  At specific times during the early afternoon, various species of mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies will begin an aquatic drift.  These are key feeding time cycles. The factors that trigger these aquatic drifts.  Time of day, weather conditions and water temperature.
You can also expect to encounter the giant, female Shortwing Stoneflies in the latter portions of the afternoon.  Their hard to miss as they begin their egg laying process.  This stonefly takes on the appearance of a small bird flying across the river.   It crashes on the waters surface, creating a violent ruckus with its body. Casting large dry flies during this period has produced plenty of  top water action!  Their is also still plenty of terrestrial activity along the thick, dry grasses of the river.  Don't ignore these areas, especially during the breezy portions of the day.
For those looking to drift the Yakima this weekend,  low flows have definitely made it more challenging.  Plot your course and choose your spot carefully throughout  some areas of the river.
Blackstone Lake , Central Washington's premier pay to play still water fishery will open once again under the exclusive management of W.B.F.C. for Fall fishing on Friday, September 16th.  Some guiding days have already been reserved for the month of October, however their are days available for the end of September.  You can expect very good dry fly fishing with Damsels and Terrestrial patterns through the end of the month, possibly lasting into the first days of October.  At this point its all weather related.  The lake is still producing a great damselfly hatch on a daily basis and the hoppers are clustered along the banks by the hundreds.  Blackstone rainbows have been feasting on both all summer long.  To book your day, please contact the pro-shop for dates and availability.
The Klickitat River in Southwest Washington, continues to free flow well below normal flows for this time of year as well (Today-469 cfs.)  Steelhead counts in the Columbia River compared to last year still remain lower, however 3000+ fish a day continue to breach the Bonneville Dam.  The Fall Chinooks as well are moving over this first man made barrier on the Columbia at a rate of about 15,000+ fish per day with a Y.T.D. total of 306,000+ salmon.  We expect to see a good push of late summer steelhead that have been holding in the lower Klickitat to follow the Chinooks upward through the system.  I would expect to see good Klickitat steel heading through the remainder of the month lasting well until the last day of November.  We are still waiting to hear about a possible Methow River opening for steelhead.  According to sources, a decision on that subject should come early next week.  If by chance we do see the river open, Andy Hanson of Worley Bugger Fly Co. will be conducting professional guided tours throughout the Methow season.  Andy, a long time resident of Eastern Washington is highly knowledgeable about the Methow and Grande Ronde River systems with many years of steelhead guiding experience.  To speak with Andy directly, contact the pro shop in Ellensburg for more info.

September 3rd-2005


As the last holiday of the summer begins, cool temperatures and overcast skies blanket the entire Yakima River Valley.  The rivers volume is now on a downward spiral as flows are being drawn back from the Yakima's Cascade Mountain Reservoirs in preparation for the annual river flip-flop.
After a couple of weeks of hot stagnant weather and very little aquatic insect activity, the cooler weather in combination with the lower water temperatures is now propitiating a variety of aquatic insect emergences.
Fall Baetis hatches in sizeable numbers have once again returned to the waters of the Yakima.   Be prepared to encounter this tiny mayfly throughout the months of Fall.  Fishing appropriate sizes in #18-22 is prerequisite.  The nymph, emerger and dun emergence cycle of this insect will play an important part during your day.  As the progression of Fall begins, this insect becomes smaller, tippets become thread-like and the sunlight doesn't last nearly as long as it once did  A great time to be fishing.
October Caddis Pupa (Giant Orange Sedge) are also become an important element during the day.  During specific times of the day, these large cased caddis will leave their tubular shell and drift freely among the currents.  Keep an eye out for this nature occurrence to happen.  When it does the trout key in on this large food organism and will feed feverously.  This occurs generally in the latter portions of the day.  Another significant Fall forage for the Yakima River Rainbows.

Their is also quite a rustling along the banks of the river during the late evening hours.  The rivers summer stonefly, the Shortwing Stone is clamoring along the banks in large numbers as males and females congregate amongst the shoreline. 

  Yakima River

October Fall Caddis Casing-Giant Orange Sedge

Cased Caddis

The female of the species is gargantuan in size and makes quite a commotion on the water during its egg laying cycle.  Your job.  Duplicate the natural movement in size and in color!  The stonefly activity should last most of the month of September.
This year, don't wait to reserve your day of fishing on Blackstone Lake , the Klickitat River or Central Washington's blue ribbon trout stream, the Yakima River!  Dates for Fall fishing with Worley Bugger are already filling quickly.  Please call for booking and availability.
The staff and management of Worley Bugger Fly Co. wishes everyone a safe and peaceful Labor Day Weekend.

August 24th-2005


As we begin the third week of August, the hot heat that plaque the Central Basin earlier in the month has finally began to relinquish its hold on the valley.  The high ninety and scorching triple digit days are now replaced by seventy and mid eighty degree weather.  A welcome sign of relief for everyone.  Continued cool temperatures are expected over the next several days.
That hot stagnate weather we experienced throughout the first portion of the month hasn't done much for the fishing either.  Warm afternoon water temperatures have the larger sized rainbows seeking out the cooler waters of the Yakima.  With colder night time lows and much cooler day time highs, water temperatures have receded as well.
Regulated river flows were cut back from the Cle Elum Reservoir during the middle of the month.  Water is now being released from the upper reservoirs of Kachess and Easton.  The upper Yakima at Easton above the Cle Elum and Yakima River confluences is operating at a higher than normal  volume for this time of year.
The K.R.D. (Kittitas Reclamation District) tentively set the middle of the August for cut backs in water usage in the Upper Kittitas County irrigation district.  We are slowing seeing the beginning stages of the annual "Flip Flop"" as the river decreases to its seasonal Fall flows.  Typically K.R.D. begins the recession of irrigation canal water around the middle of October.  Its two months early this season.
The scorching summer days haven't done much for the insect emergences either.  Early morning or late evening Caddis hatches may or may not be a daily occurrence.  With the cooling weather and the pending days of Fall, we will soon begin to see the return of Baetis, Mahogany Duns and the pupation of our October Caddisflies.  The hordes of Summer Stoneflies that have formed along the banks of the Yakima will also begin their activity towards the end of the month.
With most rivers in state operating at low, clear flows, the Klickitat in Southeast section of the state is no exception.  Recorded flows have been maintained on this pristine Steelhead river since 1909. 
Never during any period has the river ever been recorded this low for the month of August.  Today, it continues its course towards the Columbia at below 550 cfs.  Thousands of hatchery and wild Steelhead have breached the Bonneville fish ladder, however the tributaries of the Columbia continue to produce moderate fishing success.  Some days we get fish, while other days the Steelhead elude even the best fishermen.  With cooler temperatures finally settling in, we will begin to see more fish enter the system and make their journey up river.

August 8th-2005


A thick blanket of smoke and haze rests over the Cascade Mountain Range, as a  wild fire in the Teanaway Valley burns out of control.  Over 500 hundred acres so far has been consumed by the burn, as hundreds of firefighters battle the blaze as well as endure the blistering summer heat.
The blazing summer sun scorchers across the Eastern Basin.  Most days recording a temperature in the high nineties, while other days the triple digit figure is broken.  With river flows operating at lower capacity for this time of year, water temperatures have quickly risen in the Yakima and by mid afternoon, we see them hover around the 70 mark.  Last week, a reprieve was granted from the heat as morning temperatures dipped into the low 40's.  Early morning fishing is productive as fish feed on the first Caddis hatch of the day.
By mid-afternoon, air and water temperatures are warm and the fishing will slow considerably, especially in the lower portions of the Yakima. Here, the hot sun permeates across the canyon face generating a tremendous velocity of heat.   Also, hundreds of recreational rafters take to the water for a sigh of relief.
The smaller trout and residualized salmon smolt will eagerly slap at your imitation, however, the larger rainbows in the system seek out the deeper, cooler waters of the river.  Many will take up residency in regions of the Yakima where the cool ground water seeps into the system.  These places are abundant throughout the river and provide the adequate means during higher water temperatures for the Yakima rainbows.
Right now the Yakima is in a transition phase.  It happens every year at this time.  Aquatic insect hatches begin to slowly diminish with just an early morning or late evening Caddis hatch occurring.  Some emergences of P.M.D.'s and Yellow Sallie's are still taking place, but in far less numbers then the previous week.
Attractor style patterns like PMX, Trudes, Humpies and Chew Toy's will provide you with plenty of top water action.  Terrestrial imitations such as hoppers, ants and beetles will work well during the first portions of the day as well.  The beginning of Fall fishing is just around the corner. 

July 27th-2005


With the month of July approaching its final days, the sizzling, summer sun is administering its powerful, warm rays over the Kittitas Valley.  Brilliant, bright, cloudless days with little or no afternoon breeze has dominated the Central River Basin.The Yakima's river volume continues to operate at large summer levels.  Stream flows were once again amplified late last week, as the river stage was heightened several hundred cfs to facilitate the farmers need for summer crop irrigating.
Foot fishermen will find difficulty in wading the Yakima this time of year, especially the canyon area, south of Ellensburg.  Warm summer days are propitiating the foliage growth as the grasses grow long and dense along the banks of the river.  However, their are still scores of possible places to those on foot.  The Farmlands and Upper Canyon area of the Yakima provide a host of opportunity as the river braids and canalizes in these areas.  The heavy flows of summer are broken up in these sections allowing easier, safer access to those fly fishing on foot.
The Lower Yakima Canyon also plays host to hundreds of recreational floaters, drifting on all kinds of make shift devices.  Most of us look for a bit of solitude on our fishing days.  Avoid this area, especially during the weekend times.  Adventure to some of the upper portions of the river and experience far less people, much better water conditions and a diverse fly fishing experience.
Daily insect hatches occurring include, Caddis, Pale Morning Dun Mayflies and Yellow Sallie Stoneflies.  The Yakima's summer stonefly,  the Shortwing Stone (pictured left) is also playing a major role during the fishing day.  This sizeable, aquatic stonefly nymph is providing a summer time feast for the Yakima rainbows.  The adult male is the most common of the two species this time of year and most likely the one you will encounter during your fishing day. 
As we engage the days of August, we should begin to see the much larger females fluttering across the waters of the Yakima during the sunny afternoons.  The last remaining days of July, continuing throughout the month of August, Terrestrial activity will play an important role in the daily feeding activities of the Yakima Rainbows.  Grasshoppers, ants, and beetle as well as many other non aquatic critters living along the tall grasses of the river will provide a nourishing meal during times of high heat and stagnate aquatic insect emergences.  At this time, be prepared with a variety of Terrestrial patterns in an assortment of sizes and colors as well as some of your favorite attractor patterns.
While Columbia River Steelhead and Salmon counts remained low during the months of May, June and most of July, the past ten days hatchery and wild steelhead (mostly hatchery) are breaching the Bonneville Dam by the thousands daily.  The Klickitat River in Southeastern Washington is beginning to finally see a good run of fish entering the system.  Most years, the river is barely fishable during the months of July and August, however this year, low water flows are creating some summer Steelhead fishing opportunities.  Clarity is less than 6 inches, however this past Sunday we had plenty of action with two fish on the line, one landed and several other grabs.  Fall fishing dates are popular and have already been filling.  However, with these river conditions and the number of fish projected to enter the system, we are now taking bookings for August and early September fishing.  Call the pro shop for details and availability

July 8th-2005


As we begin the month of July, summer time temperatures are beginning to warm the Yakima River Valley.  This Central Washington Blue Ribbon trout streams continues to operate at below normal stream flows, however by looking at it you wouldn't believe we are in the middle of a drought season.
With the mercury on the rise, water demands from local and lower Central Washington irrigators is being met.  Even though the river is operating at below normal volume for this time of year, a surge of water continues to filter through it.  Foot fishermen will still find some access, however with the lower portions operating today just below the 3000 mark, drift boating the river is much more productive and a safer alternative to wading.
Bright, sun filled fishing days are prevailing, however by the looks of the most recent weather forecast it seems we are in store for a change in temperatures.  Over cast conditions with scattered showers through the weekend are predicted.  With the majority of the river flowing clear, the cloud cover should provide us with some good dry fly and streamer fishing during the day.
Aquatic hatches have stayed consistently the same since our last report.  However, one significant change has occurred.  Over the holiday weekend, Shortwing Stoneflies began to appear along the banks of the Yakima.  Much like the majority of our insect hatches this year, this one is weeks early as well.  Watch for them through the upper sections of the farmlands over the next several weeks.
With the warming temperatures the terrestrial fishing is also starting to heat up.  Hoppers in a variety of sizes and colors are starting to appear in far greater numbers along the grassy banks of the river.   Earlier this week , we experienced great days of big dry fly fishing along the grassy banks.

June 23rd-2005


After a weekend of scorching summer heat, a cooling trend has blown in across the Central Washington desert providing relief from the first seasonal heat wave.  A strong, gusty breeze has also accompanied the change, which at times can make casting a bit more challenging.
However, these infamous Kittitas Valley winds can also be a blessing in disguise at times of high heat and idle insect activity.  By the time the month of June arrives, the fish have been feeding on a variety of aquatic food sources.  From the beginning stages of the Yakima's first Skwalla Stonefly hatch in February, continuing throughout the spring months of April and May, the Yakima rainbows have feed steady on a diet of aquatic species. Baetis Mayflies, March Browns, P.M.D.'s, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones and Caddis have all been a contributor to their spring diet.
The summer grasses along the river have now grown bushy and a wide variety of non aquatic creatures live within this thick, green foliage.  Ants, beetles, honey bees and other non aquatic organism scurry around these areas throughout the warm portions of the day.
A gusty, westerly wind blowing through these areas will often times hurl this tiny insects into the river.  Yakima rainbows frequently wait in anticipation of this favorite summer time forage.  Attractor patterns like Royal Wulff, PMX, Humpy and Tarantula fished along these areas can most times provoke plenty of fishing action during periods of little insect activity.  Trailing a small ant or terrestrial pattern behind your point fly can also be a good idea in these areas.
A host of aquatics is also occurring throughout the fishing day.  Yellow Sallie Stoneflies are prevalent in most sections of the river at this time.  A denser population of sally's resides in sections of the Upper Yakima.  Those interested in fishing these portions of the river this weekend will want to have imitations replicating both the nymph and adult as part of your fly arsenal.
Hatches of Green Drake and Pale Morning Dun Mayflies are also occurring in most sections of the Yakima at this time.  Drake fishing has started to wane a bit in the lower sections of the river, however watch for an afternoon emergence in some of the upper sections.
P.M.D's Mayflies are fairly predictable each day as they make an early afternoon appearance.  Their larger, early evening counterpart, the Pale Evening Dun will also be present during your fishing day.  The summer evening Caddis hatch has been less then impressive so far this June.  Some days we begin to see a fair amount of late day Caddis activity, however it has yet to become consistent.  We anticipate more intense hatches as the summer progresses.
The river is in great condition, of course operating at below normal flow for this time of year.  Bank and foot fishers will find plenty of access to the river, but will still have to pick your course carefully .  Boating anglers will have a strategic advantage over fish and bank fishermen and will also find the river in agreeable summer conditions.

June 11th-2005


As the month of June gets underway, seasonal water releases from the Cle Elum Reservoir and the Easton Dam have occurred, sending river volumes sky rocketing.  Literally overnight, a considerable volume of water was thrust into the Yakima system.  River flows had been gradually increasing on a daily basis over the last week, however on Tuesday night, stream flows increased into the summer operating levels.
In some area's of the Yakima, the volume had increased so rapidly in such a short period of time, massive Cottonwood Trees were ripped from the river banks, roots and all, creating potential floating hazards. 
When a significant increase in water volume occurs this quickly, some areas of the Yakima will begin to clutter with dead falls and other derbies.  Fly fishermen floating the river are wise to pay strict attention in these sections, especially through the Farmlands portion of the Yakima.  Unfortunately, one life has already been lost this year to the river.  Use common sense and good judgment when float fishing the Yakima this summer.
With this surge of water moving through the system, a couple of significant factors have occurred.  The majority water deposited into the system originates from the Cle Elum Reservoir.  This major body of water for the Yakima is a bottom feed dam, so the water released from the lake is frigid.  In effect, the Yakima's water temperature has dropped, which has stagnated most of the insect hatches over the past couple of days.
However, what this big flow of water produced is a virtual smorgasbord of feed for the Yakima rainbows. The increase in water volume has literally broken loose a variety of aquatic insects from the river bottom.  Stoneflies, mayflies, caddisflies and Craneflies are all free drifting through the rivers water column.
Before the increase in river flows, a variety of insect hatches were occurring throughout the Yakima Rivers main stem.  Golden Stoneflies, Pale Morning Dun Mayflies, Caddis, Pale Evening Duns, Yellow Sallie Stones and Green Drake Mayflies. 
As of today, river volumes once again are on the swift descent throughout the entire Yakima system?  This weekend we should begin to see an increase in water temperatures and a return of several summer insect emergences.
Those use to wading the river freely this spring are going to find it much more difficult in the lower portions of the Yakima.  Not to say their isn't significant areas to access, however places that were accessible to you during the low flows of May will most likely now be underwater.

May 26th-2005


After a week of wet, soggy, weather, a change in conditions is now occurring. The accumulation of moisture during the month of May, in conjunction with the warm Kittitas Valley sunshine has provided the necessary components for a picturesque backdrop.  The low lying hillsides carved out eons ago by the fierce flow of the Yakima envelop with vibrant spring color. The thick, dense grasses that develop along this Eastern Washington trout stream are now beginning to grow lush with vegetation.  Soon the hustle and bustle of terrestrial life forms will be scurrying about these areas. These tiny non aquatic creatures that dwell there will become a good portion of the Yakima rainbows daily dietary consumptions.
Warmer, drier weather is now prevailing across the central basin and with these changes, several more aquatic occurrences have begun to form in the waters of the Yakima.  The past couple of days further Caddisflies emergences have been taking place in areas of the river.
The drizzly, damp, showers however have propitiated the continence of the Baetis hatches.  Early morning spinner falls have been occurring in some sections of the river.  Baetis nymphs throughout the day continue to be a main staple as well as its mayfly counterpart the Pale Morning Dun (PMD).
The apparition of stoneflies continues on the Yakima as afternoon revelations of Golden Stones is occurring through several sections of the Yakima.  The much smaller, Yellow Sallie Stonefly is also beginning to make an appearance and will become a significant factor in the daily feeding ritual of the river rainbows throughout the next several months.
The Yakima continues to operate at an unseasonably low condition.  The river volume is three times lower than normal for this time of year and most likely will continue to operate at this reduced flow for some time.  Because of this factor, the fore mention food sources are continually being funneled into specific sections of the river.  Varieties of aquatics and non aquatic creatures free drift throughout the water column.  The Yakima has a diversity of fish species and they are now all stacked together, sharing the runs of the river.  Its your duty to read the water correctly and determine where these specific species are holding.  Find the right water and you will encounter pods of Yakima River Rainbows.
The staff and management of Worley Bugger Fly Co. wish's everyone a safe, happy and peaceful Memorial Day Weekend.

May 13th-2005


After two and half days of solid rain showers earlier this week, the Yakima's river volume doubled throughout most areas as the rivers main tributaries swelled to capacity, puking cool, murky water into the system.
The Yakima was in desperate need of water and received it on Tuesday as river volumes bloated, creating really the first initial run-off the Yakima has experienced this spring.  The river was off color with little visibility, generating maybe a foot of clarity.  However, the river continued to fish, producing hatches of Caddis and Pale Morning Dun Mayflies.  By Wednesday, the flow was dropping dramatically and over night the clarity had greatly improved . 
As this substantial volume of water pushed its way down stream, the wide array of fish that occupy the waters of the Yakima were distributed throughout.  This flush of water has created more holding areas for the rainbows and in turn disbursed these other species to the less favorable trout water.
Previously, the lower volume of water had fish concentrating in the runs together. Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Suckers and Pike Minnow were congregating together in the skinny river runs of the Yakima.  Now with higher flows, the dissimilar species are spread out, concentrating in their specific late spring water types.  For the weekend you can expect to see the river in good fishing condition.  Some rain is predicted, however the forecast for showers is in the low percentile.  Wading bank fishermen will find some sections of the river more difficult than others, however stream flows continue to recede.
You can anticipate an encounter with flurries of hatching caddisflies as well as PMD Mayflies.  Some areas of the river are producing an appearance of Golden Stoneflies at this time .
For those fly fishermen curious about the still waters of the central portion of our state, the Worley Bugger pro-shop had very encouraging reports all week.  Profuse hatches of Damselflies are now under way. Yesterday, guest at Blackstone Lake spent the afternoon sight fishing, large, bank cruising rainbows with adult Damsel imitations.  Early morning Chironomids and afternoon Callibaetis hatches are also occurring.

May 6th-2005


It's that time of year once again when we take the day to acknowledge the mothers of America.  It also means its Caddis time on Central Washington's, Yakima River.  Blooms of Caddisflies are emerging across the waters of the Yakima as the Mother's Day Caddis hatch is underway.  The river continues to operate at an unseasonable low volume, well below the normal operating flow for this time of year. You will find a variety of fish holding within the runs of the river. 
With a short supply of water at this time, several varieties of fish have little choice but to congregate together. With air temperatures hovering in the high sixties and night time lows staying warm, water temps have risen quickly.  A flurry of Caddis activity has spread throughout the river as the Yakima rainbows continue to enjoy a buffet of aquatic activity.  The trout feed gluttonously sliding back and forth throughout the water column as they intercept the stranded emergers.
For what its worth, the Grannom and Little Western Weedy Sedge are the two specific types of Caddisflies present at this time.  Equating the names isn't as important as correctly identifying the imitation to specifically imitate the naturals.  Pupa, emergers and adult caddis should all be important part of your fly box arsenal for the Yakima.
Several species of mayflies continue to provide a host of activity as well.  The March Brown Mayfly has thinned considerably in the lower portions of the Yakima.  Some light appearances can still be witnessed in areas of the upper river.  Baetis and Baetis Spinners were prevalent in sections of the river this week and now the Pale Morning Dun is materializing in sections of the Yakima.  Also be prepared with imitations to match this aquatic mayflies life cycles.
The Stonefly activity continues to evolve this season as the appearance of Golden Stone nymphs begin to form along the edges of the river. No sign of the adults at this time, however with water temperatures warming, the advent of the Yakima's next stonefly hatch could happen anytime.  The Salmon Flies have begun to dissipate, however the Yakima rainbows continue to slash and gash at a bright colored indicator during the day. Some areas of the river this year experienced great numbers of these large adults.  It never hurts to have a pattern handy during the day.  Trout remember their appearances long after their seasonal departure.
For those interested in the calmer waters of the central basin, Damsels nymphs, Callibaetis Mayflies and Chironomids continue to be the forefront of activity in the still waters of the state.  Damsel Fly activity is now in its beginning stages during the early portions of the afternoon.  Here in the valley this week, trout feed on both nymphs and adults at Blackstone Lake.  Reports from the Basin lakes has been good with the majority of feeding subsurface.

April 29th-2005


After a week of warm Central Washington sunshine, the snow pack that accumulated in the lower foothills of the Cascades earlier in the month came tumbling down. Tributaries such as the Teanaway River and other small streams feeding the Yakima system were to blame.
The main stem of the Yakima was in need of a new spurt of water and received it as the river volumes increased throughout the system.  However, at no time was the clarity or rivers conditions compromised.  The Yakima's flows are at this time receding quickly as night time temperatures have dropped into the low 40's.  Day time highs are warm and comfortable and you can expect to find the river in optimal condition for the weekend.
A variety of river aquatics continue to source the Yakima at this time.  Blue Wing Olives and March Brown Mayflies, Grannom Caddis and Salmon Flies are all making daily appearances throughout the river system.  The Golden Stone in nymphal form is also starting to manifest along the shore line of the Yakima.  The stonefly nymph has been a standard in the diet of the Yakima's rainbows for months now.  Fishing them in appropriate fashion during your day will present you with plenty of fish catching opportunities.
Caddisfly imitations in a variety of specific emerging forms is recommended if your fishing plans include the Yakima this weekend.  Pupa, emergers, and adult Caddis patterns will all be an important essential during the day.  We also suggest large dry flies designed to replicate the Salmon Fly.  The Yakima is producing a profound hatch of this gigantic stonefly this season and the wave of this 3" long or better stonefly is making its way up river.
For those venturing to the stillwaters of the central basin, be equipped with Chirnomids, Callibaetis Mayfly patterns as well as your favorite damselfly nymph imatation.  The adult female (olive body) damsels have been showing in the area lakes over the past several days.  Blackstone Lake is now producing excellent hatches of female damsels as well.  The males (blue body) should beginning showing within the week.

April 21st-2005


A broad change of events has now unfolded throughout the main stem of Central Washington's Yakima River.  A smorgasbord of aquatic organisms are present and will appear during the course of your fishing day.  Warming night time temperatures have sparked a blizzard of Caddis activity.  Immense blooms of spring Grannoms buzz about the river in an awesome display. 
The early morning sunshine quickly warms the valley and these spring Caddis begin forming around the banks and grasses of the Yakima.  Be equipped with the correct color of pupa, emergers and adult imitations as you encounter a variety of feeding circumstances.  March Browns continue to steal the afternoon show between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.   Several days this week, we have experienced astounding hatches of these speckled wing mayflies.  The emergence has produced clouds of these fabulous aquatic creatures.
You can also expect an early afternoon appearance of Blue Wing Olives.  Having an assortment of productive Baetis patterns at your disposal to imitate the diversity of this feeding cycles is also recommended.  They will called into action during your fishing day.
As the Skwala Stoneflies wind down for the year, the grand pappy of all stoneflies, the Salmon fly in adult form is now taking flight across the waters of the Yakima.  These colossal, burnt orange bodied behemoth bugs can be seen fluttering on top of the water during the afternoon.  The egg laying females are returning to the water and the Yakima rainbows are taking full advantage of this hearty meal.  Hordes of Salmon Fly nymphs as well continue to converge along the shoal of the river.  Due to night time nymph migrations of this insect, a stone nymph fished first thing in the morning works well as a searching pattern before the commencement of  the daily insect hatches.
The remaining week's weather prediction is forecasting idyllic fishing days.  The Yakima is in ideal April conditions, so if you have yet to take advantage of the fine spring fishing we are experiencing, this week may be the time to do so.

April 13th-2005


As the sun sets over Central Washington, night time lows descend quickly, shrouding the valley in a fine layer of frost.  The Kittitas Valley sunshine rises quickly, glaring its warm, morning rays over the Yakima River Basin. The moisture we so desperately needed over the months of winter, continue to fall almost daily. The Cascades Mountain Range towers over the spring terrain, bleached in a new layers of snow fall.
Spring showers and an occasional thunder storms provide a blanket of over cast skies, creating the ideal fly fishing scenario. The famed sun filled skies of Eastern Washington remain concealed some days under a host of cloud cover, perfect for afternoon mayfly emergences.
Blue Wing Olives and March Brown Mayflies continue to steal the show.  Afternoon hatches of Baetis, beginning midday are providing a host of feeding activity.  Factions of Swallows soar above the water, indicating the tell tale sign of an insect emergence.
March Browns begin dimpling the surface between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The time of emergence seems to defer from day to day as well as section to section.  Some afternoons the hatch lasts an hour, while other days twenty minutes is your window of opportunity.
Last week still provided some top water Skwala action as well.  The egg laying females were still descending on the water in the afternoon.  By this time of day, the trout have been actively feeding on the surface for several hours and would incautiously take a artificial imitation presented properly.  This week, we have seen the adults begin to diminish.  However, like any good stonefly hatch the fish have been seeing them for weeks now.  Working big dries as a searching pattern during the afternoons can at times produce results bringing fish to the surface.
The grand-daddy of all stoneflies, the Salmonfly is beginning its yearly migration in areas of the river.  Working larger sized stonefly nymphs in sections of the Yakima where this stonefly is predominant can be beneficial.  We will expect to see these orange bodied gigantic adults sometime towards the end of the month.
The still waters of the state continue to produce excellent fishing opportunities as well.  Chironomids at this time being the staple of insect organisms emerging on these quiet waters.  However during the last week, we have experience decent hatches of Callibaetis Mayflies at Blackstone Lake in the afternoon.  Conversations with fly fishermen frequenting our pro shop indicates some hatches in the basin lakes as well.

March 30th-2005


As we bid farewell to the month of March, spring time changes are occurring throughout the main stem of Central Washington's Yakima River. The sun filled days we experienced during the first portions of the month have departed as over cast, cloudy days, mixed with an occasional rain shower now take precedence.  The low lying foothills around the valley have been dusted with a coating of snow, while the higher elevations of the Cascades have been bleached.  A welcome site for many of the farmers, ranchers and fishermen here in the Kittitas Valley. 
A smorgasbord of aquatic insects are presenting themselves as fair for the Yakima River Rainbows.  Baetis and March Brown Mayflies as well as Skwala Stoneflies are just a few of the aquatic insects you will encounter during your day on the water.  The emergence of aquatics is an afternoon affair, generally beginning around noon as the start of the Blue Wing Olives make their initial appearance.  Intense hatches are occurring as these dun winged mayflies gather in the seams and foam lines of the river. 
Irrational feeding behavior is being exhibited as trout explode on the surface, feeding on these spring mayflies.  Usually a tiny dimple or small gulp in the water is all you witness, as the trout slowly slurp these aquatic forms.  Not so as of late.  The rainbows are aggressively feeding, devouring as much forage as they can during the emergence period.
As the day progresses, March Browns will begin. Be prepared to switch flies and tactics quickly. 
Tastes will turn as the trout's attentions focus on the larger of the two mayflies.  Some days the hatch of March Browns is fantastic as clouds of these large mayflies emerge. 
Other days the hatch is far less concentrated.  It also cycles from section to section on the Yakima. Some areas of the river experience far greater concentrations of this mayfly then others. 

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"Yakima-March Brown Mayfly"

Wading anglers at times find discouragement because they don't often encounter this unique spring time emergence.  Being in the right place at the right time can be crucial.
Fishing on foot limits your ability to cover the water and river thoroughly and effectively even with the river operating at its current low levels.
Speaking of river levels, we have seen a rise in CFS over the past couple of days.  This has not effected the fishing or the clarity of the Yakima.  If you remember, most of our spring run-off came off the Cascades in January.
 Even with the recurring rain and showers we have experienced over the week, its doubtful we will see the river blow out this year for any extended period of time.  It was good to see the Yakima get a new shot of water.  Its stirred up all kinds of wonderful little critters!
Exciting news from the Washington Fish & Game commission earlier this week.  The Klickitat River season has been extended and will open on Friday, April 1st, two months before the start of the regular Summer Steelhead season.  Increased runs of Spring Chinooks and Summer Steelhead are expected.  Some limitation are in place for the month of April, however the entire system will open the first day of May.  Bookings are now being taken for the Klickitat Summer Steelhead season.
Fly fishermen enjoying the still waters of the eastern portion of our state report a consistency in their fishing.  Chironomid's for the most part have been the best producer.  Blackstone Lake is no exception.  Excellent hatches of Chironomid's are occurring daily.  The leech and bugger fishing has had proven results as well.  Some April dates are still available for guided fishing tours.  888-950-FISH

March 22nd-2005


As the days of March quickly turn, a convergence of aquatic insects are making a daily appearance on Central Washington's Yakima River.  Skwala Stoneflies, smaller Winter Stones, Blue Wing Olives and yes, March Browns are all present throughout the system.  As the first official day of spring arrived, Sunday March 20th, an ushering of spring mayflies emerged with it.
Sunday sparked an emergence of Mayflies unlike we have yet to see this year and the days proceeding it have produced blankets of these mayflies equally well.  A weekend of snow and rain showers draped a fair amount of moisture on the valley and surrounding foothills giving everyone, especially the farmers in the Kittitas Basin a small hope of encouragement.  More moisture is predicted throughout the week, which is great to see.  Baetis thrive and emerge in great gatherings during and after a rain shower.
Dense, dark cloudy days generally provide us with fantastic dry fly fishing, especially now with the low, clear water conditions.  Trout feeding freely under the cover of overcast skies.
The mayfly hatch begins in the early afternoon as Baetis Duns begin appearing about noon.  The fish commence their feeding, meticulously slurping them from the surface as the water becomes littered with Blue Wing Olives.  As the late afternoon approaches, the March Browns begin materializing.  The trout quickly turn their feeding attentions from the blue winged duns to this brilliantly colored mottled wing mayfly.  The March Brown hatch is short lived lasting anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.  Each day varies in intensity as well as each section of the river.
As the March Brown slowly diminishes for the day, the trout will once again resume feeding on the smaller Baetis Duns.  This is also a good time to begin with the larger Skwala patterns.  The trout have now been looking up for several hours and chances they have filled their belly with a stonefly or two over the past several days.  You find success into the latter portion of the day casting these likely imitations.

March 11th-2005


March has roared in like a lion bringing mostly warm seventy degree fly fishing days on Central Washington's blue ribbon trout stream, the Yakima River.  A succession of consecutive warm, sunny days has the river's water temperature on the rise and with it a chain reaction of events has begun to unfold.  Bugs, bugs and more bugs!
The much anticipated Skwala Stonefly hatch is underway.  Nests of stonefly nymphs have been massed along the banks for the past several months eagerly awaiting their time of emergence. 
The early morning sunshine incites a bustling of activity along the shore line as the smaller males clamor around the females for a procreation period. 
By early afternoon the females are returning to the water either by flight or by foot to deposit the fruits of conception. An assurance that the cycle of life continues.
By early afternoon Baetis Mayflies also begin an emergence and the Yakima's trout begin to meticulously work the surface, grazing at their leisure. 
Feeding can be sporadic at times depending on the intensity of the aquatic hatch. 
Some areas of the river tend to produce a much broader concentration of these blue winged mayflies. 

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Skwala Stonefly-Adult Female

The Yakima Canyon south of Ellensburg for example usually generates a more pronounced emergence of Baetis.  Murky water conditions in that area of the river provide a safety of cover for surface feeding fish, unlike sections of the upper river that are flowing low and clear.
Another important factor to consider when fish over the next several weeks will be the out migration of salmon smolt. 
The last several years, the Yakima has produced tremendous returns of King Salmon. 
Tiny fry or par are now beginning to show up in the back waters and slow moving pools of the river, where last years spawning fish built their nests.
Out ward downstream movement could come earlier this year with warming water temperatures.  You won't want to be on the river without some streamer imitations during this time.

For those that may prefer fishing the still waters of the state, we've have great reports at the shop all week from fly fishermen returning from the popular central basin lakes such as Lenice, Nunnally and Lenore.  Chironomid fishing has been the most productive according those reports.  Others are finding success with buggers and leech patterns.

However, if you are in search of solitude don't expect to find any there.  The public lakes are crowded with anglers fishing the banks as well as from tubes.  If you are in search of peace, solitude and exceptional fishing you may want to consider Blackstone Lake .  Worley Bugger is currently taking reservations for late March and April guided tours.

March 4th-2005


The first days of March have begun and with it the start of spring fly fishing on Central Washington's Yakima River.  Warm, sunny, windless days occupy the blue ribbon river valley as the start of our aquatic insect season is beginning. 
The chilly night time lows of February are now replaced by warmer, frost free nights.  Early morning lows hover above the freezing level, which in turn result in the water and air temperatures rising much sooner in the morning. Consequently, a variety of aquatic creatures living in nymphal form below the currents of the Yakima are stirring.
The Baetis Mayfly and Skwala Stonefly are at the beginning of their yearly cycle. With the prediction of warming weather over the next several days, we could witness a river bear its aquatic fruit and hatch the match dry fly fishing will be underway.  The rivers water temperature just over the past couple of days has risen over ten degrees in some sections.  The warmest I have yet to record it at is 45.  At 47-48 the Skwala Stoneflies stir from their nests along the banks and crack loose from their nymphal skeleton. Here, we find them both male and female clamoring along the banks in adult form.
During the week, we have experienced some dry fly fishing during the afternoons.  The rivers rainbows are feeding selectively on Midges and tiny Baetis mayflies.  With the Yakima's volume flowing low and clear in combination with a cloudless, bright, sunny day, the majority of surface feeding was generally the smaller class of fish.  The bigger, wary rainbows hold deeper, feeding safely below the surface under the cover of darker waters as Beatis, Cased Caddis and Rock-worms float haplessly through the water column. 
Stonefly nymphs, preferable the smaller Skwala nymphs this time of year are always a good choice for searching the deep undercuts, ledges, runs and pools.  Several species of stonefly nymphs are abundant throughout the year in the waters of the Yakima and are a consistent dietary fuel for Yakima trout.
The eastern basin lakes as well as many others around the Evergreen State officially opened the first day of March as well as the private still water fishery, Blackstone Lake .  For the most part, we have received good reports thus far from Lake Lenice and Lake Nunnally.  This weekend we are sure will prove to be a busy one at these two public fisheries.  The private still water of Blackstone is also fairing very well.  Chironomid's are hatching in the early afternoon as fish cruise the deeper depths feeding on emerging larvae.  The water temperature now is 44-45 degrees in the afternoon, so the trout's metabolism is on the rise.  The lake is in excellent condition and spring fishing at Blackstone Lake has now opened.  Please call early to arrange your tour of Blackstone or the Yakima River with our guide service.  The warm, mild winter we experienced here in the Kittitas Valley was easy on the rainbows and a fishermen couldn't ask for better daily weather conditions.

February 22nd-2005


Crisp, clear February mornings are now a familiarity across the Yakima River Basin.  Frosty night time lows drape the valley in a chilly, wintry blanket.  The fog filled days of January have departed as the bright Kittitas Valley sunshine beams warm, sunny rays across the basin.   As the month progresses, the hours in the day grow longer and the temperate rays of the Central Washington sun glow warmer each day.  A benefit  for us a Yakima River fly fishermen.
With temperature dropping to the low teens each night, the necessity to rush to the river impulsively in the morning can prove frivolous.  Allow that morning sun to thaw the valley and bring the air temperature up to a comfortable level.  By mid morning the temperature has risen and the activity around the Yakima begins.  Small adult Midges bursting from tiny larvae begin to materialize. These tiny insects vary in emergence and skim across the water in single form or congregate in clusters.
Balls of aquatic food drift slowly with the current creating an attractive, hearty meal for a Yakima River Rainbow.  Some days you encounter this feeding event, while other days not a riser ring or proposing dorsal can be seen.   Each fishing day is different as these events provide us with new and unique fishing challenges.
With water temperatures fluctuating between the low to mid thirty degree range, trout are far less apt to move to feed.  The river is low, clear and in prime condition for February fly fishing.  As a result, aquatic food forms are being funneled into exacting areas of the river. The trout continue to occupy specific water types and are readily feeding on a variety of aquatics floating through the water column.
Drifting nymphs has been the most productive method of fishing during the first portion of this month.  With variable water temperatures each day, other methods have proven far less reliable.  However, as our days progress and the water temperature increases, the river will begin to offer a variety of productive techniques. These methods of Yakima River fly fishing will become an important and exciting part of your fishing day.  Skwala adults will become visible floating along the shoreline.  Blue Wing Olive duns will also appear in the afternoon and the first portion of our dry fly season will be underway.
Stonefly nymphs continue to be a main sustenance as the Skwala awaits its transformation from nymph to adult.  Hordes of these early spring stones have gathered along the banks waiting for the opportune time and temperature to emerge.  Spring Baetis nymphs are also becoming visible in these croppings.  With water conditions low and a major portion of our winter run-off already completed, spring fishing on Central Washington's Yakima River should provide some very memorable days of fly fishing.
I am happy to report that Blackstone Lake  has faired very well over the mild winter.  Spawning activity is already underway in specific areas of the lake.  The majority of the thin ice that formed in January is no longer present.  A fine layer each morning exists due to the cool night time lows.  However, by mid morning it quickly disappears thanks to the Kittitas Valley sunshine.  We are projecting a March 1st opener for this stillwater fishery.    Please plan and reserve your spring fishing on Blackstone or the Yakima in advance. Days are beginning to fill quickly for spring fishing.
Last week a fellow Yakima River fly fishermen's pontoon boat was stolen from North Bend.  If you have any information please contact the Worley Bugger pro shop or call the number listed on the photo.  Click this link for more information.

February 2nd-2005


As the first days of February get underway, warm rays of sunshine beam across the Kittitas Valley and the Yakima River Basin.  With day time temperatures soaring into the low 60"s, the remaining days of winter are creating a pleasant weather illusion much like we see during the month of May.  However, this analogy may be a bit premature as rain or snow showers are forecasted later in the week. 
The dramatic change in weather conditions has brought fly fishermen out of their January hibernation as many took to the water this weekend in search of a wildly treasure. The night time lows continue to drop into the freezing level in the Kittitas Valley, so frosty, early mornings stubbornly persist.  However, air temperatures warm quickly and by mid morning you may find yourself shedding a layer or two.
The Yakima continues to operate at a higher than normal capacity for this time of year,  though river flows are dropping daily.  Main tributaries like the Teanaway River as well as several other small feeder streams are the culprits.  They continue to spew in the remaining snow pack from the Kittitas Valley foothills and lower portions of the Cascades.  You will find sections of the river below this area high, however wading opportunities for the bank fishermen can easily be found and the river safely navigated.
Starting your day to early in the morning can be futile.  Plan your day accordingly allowing the time needed for the Central Washington sunshine to warm the water and air temperature.  Being on the river by 9:00 a.m. will insure you plenty of good fishing time.  With the Yakima operating at a higher volume, several different species of aquatic creatures are being flushed into the rivers water column.  Here, trout easily feed at their discretion.  Be prepared to encounter a variety of unique situations like these throughout the system where river volume is higher. 
The Skwala Stone fly nymphs are amassed in vast gatherings along the banks of the river as well.  Uncovering rocks along the shore line will reveal hordes of nesting stoneflies, eagerly anticipating their time of emergence. Over the past couple of days, we have already started to see adult Skwala activity in some areas of the lower river.  At this time, the water temperatures is hovering in the low 40's.  A few degrees higher and we could see a an array of adult activity form.
With the warming trend continuing, the thin layer of ice that formed for a short period during the month of January on Blackstone Lake is quickly dissipating as well.  If the warm weather persists, this pay to play still water could open this month for early spring fishing.  Ranked as one of the best of four still water fisheries in the state, the popularity of Blackstone has quickly earned a solid reputation and strong yearly following among die hard lake fishermen.  Days for spring tours are booking daily.  Please call in advance for daily availability.

January 26th-2005


It's the final week of the new year and like most January's its routine, as the usual daily scenario is played out.  The low lying fog extends along the valley floor, blanketing the surrounding hillsides. Some days the warm rays of sunshine penetrate the thick cloud cover, while other days it has little effect.  These solid, dense fog banks shroud the valley with little signs of fading.
After a week of frigid cold temperatures and freezing rain showers, warm weather across the western states arrived, creating an unusual mixture of temperatures and weather conditions.  Road and mountain pass closures stranded motorist on both sides of the Cascades as hazardous conditions triggered life taking accidents, reeking havoc across the state.
River conditions are now subsiding, decreasing daily after the Yakima's stream volumes exceeded the 7000 cfs mark.  Large chunks of ice that formed during the subzero temperatures were torn free of the banks and easily propelled downstream by the raging winter river.  The river volume still remains high and fast in places for this time of year, however winter fly fishermen have returned to the Yakima and are finding success.  The discharge of sand and silt has settled and water clarity is no longer an issue.
The portion of snow pack that has been slowly building in the Cascade Mountain Range is quickly dissipating, leaving many wondering about summer water resources.  A slight chance of precipitation in the form of snow is forecasted over the next several days. However, with the occurrence of warm temperatures we are experiencing, the moisture will most likely come in the form of wet rain showers.
After a week of high river volume, the Yakima's resident fish populations are having little trouble finding ample food sources. The migration of spring stones (Skwalla) that have been amassing along the banks for the past several weeks are providing the fuel for the foraging fish.  Sculpins, bait fish and a variety of other food forms are also easy targets during higher stream flows.  These are ideal times to concentrate your efforts on various streamer techniques.
Spring fishing is right around the corner.  The guide service of Worley Bugger Fly Co. is taking reservation for spring fishing for the Yakima as well as the popular still-water fishery, Blackstone Lake .  Please call early to reserve your day of spring fishing with Central Washington's preferred, professional guide service.

January 10th-2005


As the tenth day of our new year begins, a strong, winter weekend storm has blanketed the Kittitas Valley with snow fall.  So far about 6 to 8 inches of fresh powder has fallen around the valley as continued snow showers are predicted for the remainder of the week.  This is good news for fish, farmers and the Yakima River Reservoirs.
With the unusual low percentage of snow fall and unseasonable like weather conditions during the month of December, spring water reserves were beginning to look rather bleak.  Now with changing weather patterns, a week of scattered snow storms could begin to build a base for our spring and summer water sheds.
Despite the colder conditions, the river has fared well and remains in excellent shape for some winter time fishing.  We did experience a day or two of heavy slush ice and floating bergs forming in the river late last week.  This was due to single digit temperatures, however 30 + degree days have warmed things up around the river and conditions at this time are good.
Concentrate your best efforts during the peak hours (10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) of the day.  Indicator fishing in essential trout holding areas has proven the more efficient form of fly fishing for the first portion of the new year.  You will find some fish responsive to streamers in area's of the river where Sculpin and other baitfish activity is prominent.  Happy New Year to all!

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