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Christmas Eve -2006

Christmas Eve Day has arrived and with it several new inches of December snows have fallen around the Yakima River Valley.  Residents of Kittitas County once again have a brilliant, white Christmas this year.

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With the new snow fall the past couple of days, warmer weather conditions have also insulated the valley ,creating warmer weather and ideal winter fishing  conditions on the Yakima

If you get a chance over the extended holiday week, try a couple of hours of December fishing on some of your favorite areas of the river.

We operated winter fishing tours in specific sections of the Yakima this week, even on days where the temperature fell below the freezing mark and found the fish to be very cooperative. 

Forecasted weather conditions for the upcoming week are predicted to remain above the freezing level, which in turn will create good river conditions for some December Christmas fishing.


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The staff and management of Worley Bugger Fly Co. would like to express our sincere thank you for your support and patronage this year.  We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.  Enjoy your family, friends and your holiday.  We will be closed Christmas Day and the following day to enjoy the season with our families and friends.  We will open once again on following day. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at the Worley Bugger

December 15th -2006

It’s a virtual winter wonderland now in Central Washington just days away from the Christmas holiday as multiple storm fronts continue to move across the region.

Heavy rain showers on Wednesday occurred across the Columbia Basin and low lying snow pack was quickly turned to mush.  Water rose quickly in several of the small streams that converge with the Yakima as melting snow from the low lying hillsides instantly liquefied.  River volume took a quick spike, but yesterday winter fishing remained consistent with several feet of visibility. 
Today river conditions are far worse, however with the cooler weather and heavy snow fall now occurring, the Yakima is now starting to recede and drop once again.  Blizzard conditions last night and today have dumped several new inches of snow in just a few short hours around the Kittitas Valley.  More snow is falling and its coming down in large amounts. 
Hundreds of residents around the county are without power as night time temperatures are expected to drop well below the freezing mark.  Forecasted conditions are calling for drier weather over the next several days.  We have a white Christmas this year in the Yakima River Valley.

December 5th -2006

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  The powdery white, winter substance has been falling in bucket loads over the past ten days, with acclamations in the Cascade Mountain Range building daily.  Record snow fall has reached a near 125% above what is normal for this time of year.  In the Yakima River Valley, approximately six to eight inches of standing snow pack has settled along the stream bank and low lying hillsides of the river.  The most unusual circumstances we have experienced here in the Mid Columbia Basin are the chilly temperatures. 

At times, record lows have already dropped below the zero mark in some of the Eastern Basin desert cities.  Inconsistent weather patterns continue to form over this portion of the Evergreen State however; drier and somewhat normal conditions for December are predicted for this week.  How has this unusual string of weather patterns affected the Yakima and the fishing conditions each day?  With the inconsistencies in day to day high and low temperatures, we have experienced indifferences in river conditions. 
If the night time weather levels stay above the freezing mark, the Yakima and its fly fishing conditions the following day will be good.  If day time air temperatures stay moderate and reach normal levels for this time of year, the winter fishing has been consistent during the warm portion of the day. 
If these night time levels drop below the freezing mark, slush ice will form in the river and poor, difficult conditions will follow.  Forecasters are calling for more moderate weather however; day time highs will still be below normal for this time of year, approximately ten degrees below normal to be exact.

 For those winter fly fishermen looking to wet a line when conditions on the Yakima are less than perfect, the spring creek waters of Rocky Ford Creek will offer a December trout fix throughout the fast paced holiday months.  Good fishing and conditions has been reported by area fly fishermen visiting the fly shop the last couple of days.

November 20th -2006

Another week of unusual precipitation moved quickly across the central region of our state as storm after storm passed over the Kittitas Valley dumping rain by the bucket loads.  Some drier conditions earlier this week were helping to restore river conditions to late Fall levels Wednesday morning, the Yakima was beginning to take shape with over three feet of visible clarity and water flow on the drop. 
However another unruly storm front blew across the county dumping torrential rainfall through most of the night.  Water flows quickly rose in the main stem the following day as tributaries of the Yakima quickly swelled from bank to bank with melting low lying snow pack accumulations.  Colder nights and drier conditions are expected across the central area of the state over the next several days and the river is dropping daily.  Water color and clarity is good and getting better each day.
With the forecast calling for a break in the soggy November weather, you can expect the Yakima to continue on a rapid descent.  Water volume at this time continues to flow unseasonable high for November, however with the cooler forecast predicted, we expect the river to drop quickly  to its normal operating range for this time of year. 
Guide boats this weekend ran as scheduled and fishing was good during the warmest portions of the day.  With just about every other river in the state high and muddy, fly fishermen have anxiously looked forward to seeing the Yakima once again return fishable condition.

The Klickitat River in Southeast Washington continues to run high with water, sand and silt.  The rainfall continued to touch on this area of our state as well. 

A drier forecast is expected in the Yakima River Valley this week, however more storms are predicted for Klickitat County.  We are hoping to get the last week of the fishing in before the year end closure November 30th.

November 6th -2006

As the month of November begins, torrential rain showers are now moving across the Yakima River Valley and the central interior of the state.  Each night, large amounts of precipitation has been showering the Columbia River Basin as a multitude of early winter storms pass over the valley.  A late Fall cold snap that arrived late last week, dropped the first of our annual snow around the foothills and high evaluations of the Stuart Range. 

These early seasonal snow showers that began building in the low lands of the Cascades late last week are beginning to melt.  The smaller tribuartaires of the Yakima are beginning to swell and puke sand and silt into the main stem.  The Yakima’s river volume is on a quick rise like many of the other rivers around the state.  Drier conditions are forecasted for the Kittitas Valley sometime during the middle of the week, however from what is occurring now we are counting on it.

Very seldom do we ever lose the river to rainy conditions, especially this time of year.  Spring is a different story.  However, when early season snow showers blanket the foothills, conditions like this will trigger a melt down and the river will swell.  The bulk of the water is coming out of the Teanaway Valley.  Once the majority of that pre season snow is melted, we should begin to see improvements in water conditions on the Yakima.

The Klickitat River is in the same state as the rest of our Washington Rivers.  Rain showers around Mount Adams and the Columbia Basin have this summer steelhead river quadrupled in volume from what it was this time last week.  Like everything else, conditions will improve in the Klickitat Valley when the rain showers cease.  The Klickitat season remains open until November 30th.

No opener this year on the Methow River, at least not at this time.  The majority of the Upper Columbia River steelhead have congregated below Priest Rapids Dam and are slow moving up river this season.  If a sudden push of steelhead move up the system and move quickly into the tributaries, an emergency opening on the Methow and Okanogan Rivers could happen.  Once again we wait and see. 

October 26th -2006


After a searing, record setting hot summer, autumn is now in full bloom across Central Washington and the Yakima River Valley.  Beautiful eye catching colors blend along the hillsides and river banks.  The gleaming colors of Fall; yellow, red and orange light up the banks and hillsides of our Pacific Northwest Rivers.  Our October river mornings begin cool and crisp, but quickly give way to warm, sun drenched afternoons. What a terrific time of the year to be outdoors enjoying yet another Fall fly fishing season. 


The Yakima continues on its consistent October trend of fishing well.  Afternoon hatches of tiny Blue Wing Olive Mayflies sputter on the water, creating a dimple of surface slurping fish.  Some areas of the river are also experiencing a much larger pale colored mayfly called the Light Cahill. 

This is also an afternoon emergence, blending during the day with the much smaller species of Baetis.  Don’t neglect the Mahogany Dun, a dark bodied mayfly hatching in areas of the Yakima as well.  Size 16 thru 22 will be required of your fly box during the day.

The Fall Caddis is still a late afternoon and early evening importance and over the past several days, big numbers of Halloween Caddis have been hatching in the Upper and Lower Farmlands of the YakimaLarge orange bodied imitations, skated and twitched atop the surface is providing some exciting big dry fly fishing.  The big egg laying adult dances across the surface provoking a fish to strike.  Don’t neglect the pupa fished just below the surface as well.


The Klickitat River continues on its Fall trend.  Chinook Salmon, the kings of the river continue to push into the upper waters of this incredible Southwest Washington River.  Wild Steelhead are close behind making their continued journey as well to the upper waters spawning grounds.

Large areas of the river at this time are occupied by salmon as they begin the end of their life cycle.  Over the past 30 days fishing has been very good on the Klickitat, despite a couple of soggy wet days.  I have enjoyed everyday on the river and it was a true pleasure to fish with all of you.  I am looking forward to November fishing.
The majority of our fishing days have provided plenty of steelhead action.  Unfortunately sometimes these big, powerful rainbows win the battle.  That is part of the game we play.  I will have another report for you next week.  We do expect November fishing to be very good this year due to the much slower up stream steelhead migration that has occurred this season.  Especially if the weather conditions remain the same through the first portions of November.

The Upper Columbia River between Rocky Reach Dam and Chief Joseph Dam opened this past Saturday for steelhead fishing.  There is still no word on a Methow River Steelhead opening, however the latest report and speculation is that the river will open sometime within the next week?  We continue to monitor the situation daily.

There are still plenty of great Fall fishing opportunities and days remaining.  Get out and enjoy the weather, the water and the spectacular scenery our state has to offer.

October 13th -2006

Incredible days now dominate the entire Central Washington region as warm, sun filled afternoons are providing outdoor enthusiasts a remarkable October fly fishing experience.  The lush green foliage of summer that grew thick under the hot heat is now blending in an array of color, creating an autumn canvas of incredible beauty.  What an amazing time of the year to be on your favorite Pacific Northwest River.


The Yakima is in true Fall form providing great fly fishing opportunities each day.  Baetis, Mahogany Duns and October Caddis are stealing the show.  The river is in great conditions for both wading and drift boating fly fishermen.  Get out this weekend and enjoy some Fall fishing.


The Klickitat River in Southeast Washington continues to fish well for steelhead.  At this time, Fall Chinook Salmon are beginning their mighty migration into the reaches of the river.  These kings of the Klickitat have been slow to move into the upper reaches, but each passing day we are beginning to see more and more of them. 

The wild steelhead are closely behind them following pace into the upper reaches of the spawning grounds.  With the activity we have seen over the past week and the middle of the month quickly approaching, late October and the first few weeks of November should provide some great steelhead days on the river.  Still no word on the Methow steelhead opener as of yet, however we are keeping tabs on it daily.

September 28th -2006

Beautiful pre autumn days blast warm waves of sunshine across the Yakima River Valley as day time temperatures soar past the eighty degree mark.  Low night time levels hover around the mid forties creating idyllic daily fly fishing conditions throughout Central Washington.  A transformation is now in its beginning stages along the banks and hillsides of the river.  The lush summer foliage that grew thick under the Yakima River sunshine is beginning to unfold.  A blend of eye catching color and a firm reminder that another seasonal change is close a hand.


River conditions and water temperatures remain at optimal levels and the river now hosts a variety of aquatic insects throughout the day.  Summer foot fishermen confined to the banks and braids of the river, now rejoice as they travel the river with ease.  Drifting anglers find new rowing challenges created by the high waters of summer.  Share the water and practice good river etiquette with fellow anglers and everyone will enjoy their Yakima River fly fishing experience.

Our summer stonefly, the Shortwing Stone continues to be an important part of the daily activity on the Yakima.  Big female stoneflies become active in the earlier portions of the warm afternoon.  The egg laying ritual that occurs has the Yakima rainbows anticipating a large gut busting meal.   Appropriate sized patterns that create a stonefly silhouette will produce a fun and exciting dry fly experience.

Our other big bug that emerges this time of year is also making its appearance as well.  The giant orange Caddis or October Caddis is now an important part of the fishing day as well.  You may see a few sporadically throughout the afternoon however, as the day time temperatures begin to cool these Halloween Caddis will appear, flying erratically across the water.  This is just the beginning stages of this giant Fall insect.  You can expect to see this daily aquatic event occur well into the month of November.

Mayflies as well have become an important factor during the afternoon.  Blue Wing Olives, Light Cahills and Mahogany Dun Mayflies are in their seasonal cycles.  Size 16 thru 22 will at some time during the day become a part of your fly fishing arsenal.  Be prepared with these sizes and the appropriate colors to match these natural mayflies.

Fall Chinook Salmon are also making their journey up river to the spawning grounds of the Upper Yakima and Cle Elum River water sheds. The majority of kings will navigate the waters and diversion dams of the river and return to the upper reaches, however many will delay their travels and bed around the upper and lower Farmlands of the Yakima.   Be aware of their presence and the spawning grounds of these important Yakima River fish.

September 20th -2006


The Yakima River continues to drop in volume and stabilize as seasonal water flows are reduced.  A river just a few short weeks ago that raged with swift, steady summer current now trickles slowly throughout the Kittitas Valley.  With a steady drop in flow, descriptive water has formed creating pockets, pools and foam lines.  Ideal trout holding water as a variety of aquatic insects make their seasonal debut.

Cooler conditions mixed with sporadic rain showers have occurred throughout the Yakima River Valley over the past several days.  However, day time high temperatures soar to the mid to upper sixties by early afternoon, creating an ideal fly fishing experience under the Central Washington sunshine.

With cooler weather and a steady drop in water temperatures, a variety of Fall aquatics is occurring throughout the Yakima River.  The Shortwing Stonefly cycle is now at its peak.  Each afternoon, the large egg laying females make their ill fated flight across the waters of the river.  The fish are well aware of their presence and eagerly anticipate this belly filling meal.  A variety of floating stonefly imitations are working well during this afternoon event.  With the amount of stonefly activity that has occurred over the past week, we can only assume the remaining days of September will provide us will more of this great  summer stonefly activity.

Another big Fall insect is also creating commotion throughout portions of the Yakima River.  The October Caddis or Halloween Caddis is present in the late afternoons in some areas of the river as well.  Most of the activity at this time is occurring late in the day in sections of the upper and lower farmlands.  Also portions of the Upper Yakima above the town of Cle Elum are experiencing this hatch of giant Caddisflies.  Be prepared with skating imitations as well as pupa patterns to match the natural life stages of this orange bodied insect.

Its also mayfly time once again on the Yakima and several varieties of this aquatic food form are present throughout the day as well.  Blue Wing Olives, Light Cahills and Mahogany Duns are all part of the daily mayfly cycle at this time.  Fishing tiny Baetis patterns in the low light of the canyon or under the shade of the giant cottonwood trees this time of year can provide a fun and humbling Yakima River experience.


Summer steelhead fishing is going strong as great numbers of wild and hatchery fish continue to breach the dams of the Columbia River.  Fish continue to move over Bonneville Dam by the thousands and are now moving upstream in good numbers, most likely due to the cooler weather and water conditions over the past week.  With the change in weather conditions, the Klickitat River in Southwest Washington is now in prime shape.  The water clarity issues we experienced during the month of August and early September have improved greatly.  The glacier of Mount Adams has slowed its daily melting process and the river now has excellent clarity throughout the entire day of fishing.  Clear water conditions over the weekend provided us with some excellent summer steelhead opportunities.  We have limited days available for steelhead fishing in late September and October.  If interested, please contact the pro shop in Ellensburg for remaining dates and availability.   Also note that November is an excellent time for catching steelhead on both the Klickitat and Methow Rivers.  You can experience virtually un-crowded water and plenty of fish in both of these fabulous steelhead systems.

September 7th -2006


As the month of September begins, water flows on Central Washington’s Yakima River continue to recede.  Local water operations continue to adjust the regulated flows from the main storage impoundments atop Snoqualmie Pass.  The river that just a few short weeks ago was swollen from bank to bank is assuming a whole new identity.  The fast and furious pace of summer fishing has been replaced with a much slower tempo.

With water conditions dropping and improving each day, areas of the river unvisited since the spring have once again become accessible.   Wading and foot fishermen confined to the grassy banks of the Yakima over the high water flows of summer will now find the river volume more manageable.   Continued warm days and lower flows with highs exceeding the ninety degree mark have water temperatures on the rise.  A cooling trend is expected in the Kittitas Valley over the weekend with day time highs expected to reach the high seventies.

Over the long holiday weekend, the Yakima produced a few sporadic insect hatches mainly occurring late in the day.  Thick, dense smoke settled around the valley and along the hillsides on Sunday, blown in from mountain wild fires burning around the Northwest. By Labor Day, blue skies and the hot summer sun blistered its warm rays across the basin.   Today, a wild fire in the upper county burns out of control unmanned due to the lack of manpower and equipment.

The past several days, a small Tan Caddis hatch occurred in areas of the river, which provided a fun and an exciting dry fly experience.  A sporadic mayfly hatch of PMD’s also occurred throughout the day, though not nearly enough to stimulate a full on feed under the day time heat.  However, fish were active during the day and looking for larger size dry flies that imitate the Yakima’s summer stonefly.  The Shortwing Stones are beginning to converge around the banks and boulders of the Yakima in good numbers.  The smaller male of the species is predominate at this time.  However, it won’t be long and the much larger, egg laying female will become an easy target for trout during the afternoon and evening hours.

With the warm weather, terrestrial fishing with Grasshoppers, Ants and Beetles in a variety of sizes and colors is still a viable option throughout the day.

August 30th -2006


As the month of August comes to an end, a change is evident as the Yakima River continues on its seasonal decent.  A reduction in flows has been steadily occurring over the past ten days.  The once swollen summer river is now beginning to take on a whole new look and feel as the Yakima flows become much more manageable.

Eroding water volumes that pushed heavily along the banks during the months of July and early August have taken a dramatic decrease just in time for the long holiday weekend.  Today, the river is in beautiful condition and you can expect the Yakima to continue to drop as the reclamation district prepares for the seasonal Flip Flop of river operations.

With the flows receding over the past week, the resident trout are also finding relief from the massive summer flow that was coursing through the main stem Yakima this summer.  Fish are beginning to stage in a variety of different water types, knowing for reasons we can not comprehend that the cooler months of Fall are just around the corner.  With less water volume, fish can move with far less effort, distributing themselves in different areas and feed at their discretion throughout the fishing day. This is especially true for those trout that have been confined to the undercut, grassy banks of the Yakima over the past several weeks. The constant casting of your fly tightly to the stream banks is fruitless in most areas.  As the river continues to drop explore the seam edges, rip rap, foam lines and structure throughout the river.  These will be your successful focal points during the months of September, October and November.

With the river dropping into shape for Fall fishing, summer insect hatches are beginning to wind down and a whole new degree of aquatics is beginning to take place.  PMD’s and Yellow Sallie Stoneflies are in their latter stages and are become fair less important of a food source.  Baetis mayflies this time of year become much more significant and much more abundant, making this river resource more appealing to staging fish. 

Also, our Fall Caddisfly or October Caddis is now in its pupation stages.  This important food form and its significance going into winter will become a vital part of the trout’s diet, especially in specific sections of the Yakima, where vast numbers of these insects thrive.
Through the first portion of September, the Shortwing Stonefly will play an active role in your fishing day.  With water volume quickly dropping, we are seeing more stonefly activity each day.  When this hatch hits its peak, trout will be looking for big surface imitations that match the natural in color, size and movement.  The Yakima has many stonefly hatches throughout the year.  This is by far the most prolific one of all.   The warm month of September will still offer Terrestrial opportunities.  Don’t neglect their importance throughout the month as well.

Both wild and hatchery summer steelhead continue to journey over the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia in great numbers.  These summer fish are heading upstream to many of the tributaries, including the Klickitat River in Southeast Washington.  The Klickitat is seeing a great return of fish this year, however at this time warm weather is creating the yearly summer water cycle that the Klickitat experiences.  In the early morning hours, the Klickitat water conditions flow white from the glacier of Mount Adam’s.  As the day progresses, the water clears and by late afternoon the river holds about three feet of visibility.  How does this happen?  The early morning water is from the previous day’s afternoon heat.  As the day progresses the water clarity improves. This cleaner, clearer water is from the previous night cooler temperatures.  It’s a strange and unique cycle that occurs mainly during the month of August, when air temps exceed the ninety degree mark.  With cooler weather on its way, I believe from past years experience that September will prove to be one fine month for summer steelhead fishing on the Klickitat.   Weather conditions will be mild and “swinging” flies for steelhead will prove to be the most productive method for catching these magnificent fish.  Many of our dates in October are booked full, however the month of September still offers some available dates.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or booking availability.  You may also refer to the Worley Bugger Klickitat gallery for our fly fishing successes.

As the summer of 2006 unwinds, its clear their will not be a shortage of great fishing prospects this Fall.  The Yakima will be in prime condition during the months of September, October and November.  Steelhead opportunities will abound during these months as well on the Klickitat.  We also anticipate the season opener on the Methow Rivers for summer steelhead the first week of October.  Rumors and speculations still swirl about the possible opening of the Wenatchee River this year for summer steelhead.  Make your plans early and get out and enjoy a great fly fishing experience in Central Washington.

The staff and and management of Worley Bugger Fly Co. wishes everyone a safe, happy and peaceful Labor Day Weekend.

August 18th -2006


After five weeks of raging, high river flows on the Yakima, reductions in water releases from the Cle Elum Reservoir are now occurring.  Over the past week, a gradual decline in water flows has occurred throughout the Yakima River system.  As we draw closer to Labor Day Weekend you can expect to see this trend continue with the Yakima eventually returning to lower operating conditions just in time for some late Summer fly fishing.

As the river volume decreases, a couple of events are going to occur.   With less water, fish will be forced to move and will begin to form in big pods in specific areas of the river.  Also, an increase in water temperatures will occur, which in turn will ignite the Yakima’s summer stonefly hatch along the banks of the river. Trout that have been confined to the undercut banks of the Yakima most of the summer will find relief from the lower water and begin to move.

The Yakima’s summer stonefly, the Shortwing Stone is now in its beginning stages.  Usually by this time of the month, we are seeing good numbers of them developing along the stream edges of the Yakima.  The high, heavy flows we have experienced over the month of July and early August has detained most of them from their seasonal migration. 

During times of high water, aquatic insects like these large stoneflies nymphs are vulnerable as they advance to the shoreline.  Being haplessly swept down river through the driving current is a highly probable.  What we experience is a delay in their movements until water flows recede and they are less susceptible to prey.  Stoneflies migrations generally occur during the evening and late hours of the night.  As the river continues to drop, expect the summer stonefly hatch to intensify.  In all likelihood you can expect to see stoneflies into the latter portions of September across areas of the main stem Yakima.

Terrestrial fishing is still of great importance and this food form will continue through the remaining month well into the warm month of September.  Grasshoppers in a variety of colors to match the brushy banks natural surroundings should always be a consideration.  Black and red ants as well should never be overlooked.

Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Lower Yakima is still going strong.  In places, the river bottom is beginning to thicken with aquatic plant life, however it is also creating ideal holding and ambushing staging areas for Smallmouth.

Summer Steelhead fishing is doing well also as more then 5000 fish per day breach the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.  The remaining month of August, September, October and November should provide us with plenty of steelhead fishing on both the Klickitat and Methow Rivers.  There are some rumors of the possible opening of the Wenatchee River this year under special emergency regulations much like the Methow River.  However, until it happens the rumors are being received with a good deal of skepticism.   If you or your party is interested in a Summer Steelhead trip with us this Fall, please contact the pro shop in Ellensburg for dates and availability.  Fall fishing dates are very popular and are beginning to fill quickly.

August 10th -2006

The cooler, summer time weather trend continues into the first portions of August as air temperatures in the Kittitas Valley remain well below the triple digit record heat wave of late July.  In fact, day time temperatures have been unusually mild for this time of year and the extended forecast is calling for much more of the same.

Over the next several days, forecasters are predicting highs to reach the low eighty degree mark throughout the afternoons.  It’s a great time to enjoy the Central Washington sunshine, drifting the Yakima River or wading some of the many small tributaries for wild Rainbow and Cutthroat trout.

The Yakima continues to operate at high levels throughout the majority of the river.  Most of the water at this time is being released from the Cle Elum Reservoir.  The area above the convergence of the Yakima and Cle Elum Rivers is operating at normal capacity for this time of year.  This section of the Yakima allows some good access points and much easier wading opportunities for those on foot.  However, this portion of the river has far less rainbow density then sections of the lower river below the Teanaway River confluence.

As August fishing progresses you can expect to see dramatic changes begin to occur in aquatic insect hatches.  Terrestrial fishing has yet to reach its peak on the Yakima and its surrounding smaller tributaries.  Hoppers, ants, beetles and other insects continue to play their important role during the day.

Just when we thought Yellow Sally Stonefly fishing was coming to an end, sections of the Yakima have once again ignited with these smaller stonefly hatches during the early portions of the day.   Pale Morning Duns and Pale Evening Duns are also hatching throughout the river, but on a far less scale that what we have experienced.  As the month progresses, fewer numbers of these mayflies will hatch, diminishing their importance as a consistent food source for trout. The Light Cahill, a similar looking mayfly in body and color will become much more consistent, usually first appearing in the month of September.

With lower than expect temperatures for this time of year, the Klickitat River in Southeastern Washington remains in optimal condition for summer Steelheading opportunities.  Generally the month of August can be hit or miss as far as water conditions are concerned.  Usually this time of year, the Klickitat’s water clarity flows with an opaque tint during the month of August, due largely in part to a glacier slide on Mount Adams. However, the river is in terrific shape and right now has summer steelhead, both hatchery and wild spread out throughout the system.  If you are interested in fishing this river with us in August and September, please feel free to contact the pro shop in Ellensburg for dates and availability.

Smallmouth Bass fishing in the lower Yakima River hasn’t slowed down a bit.  Portions of the river have gotten weedy in places; however at this time there is still plenty of water to fly fish.  Both top water and subsurface presentations are working equally well during the day. If you are interested in experiencing this amazing fishery and this portion of the Yakima first hand, call the pro shop in Ellensburg for dates and availability throughout the month of August.  It’s great fun!

August 1st -2006


After a week of scorching hot summer weather, a cooling trend as swept over the Yakima River Valley bringing with it a welcome change.  A triple digit heat wave blasted summer sunshine across the entire state, breaking old records for day time high temperatures in most areas.  Ellensburg recorded 106 degrees, a new all time record for the Rodeo City.

When the Northwest experiences a major heat wave like the one last week, people of all ages look for any way possible to find relief from the searing sunshine.  The lakes, streams and rivers of the state become overrun with swimmers and recreational floaters.  The Yakima River seems to be a favorite for many.  However, problems arise when people in flimsy, inexpensive dollar store floating devices place themselves and others in danger by drifting areas of the river that are extremely hazardous.  To date, the Yakima has now claimed 9 drowning victims this year alone.

The Yakima has always been considered a docile river, one listed with white water rafters and kayakers to be a Class 1 river.   This may be true, due to it slow, gradual decent from the Cascade Mountain Reservoirs east of Snoqualmie Pass.  However, the immense volume of the water that is flushed from the impoundments of the Yakima, makes it extremely volatile and dangerous this time of year.  Swift, fast moving summer currents sweep you quickly down stream leaving little or no time to get out of the way of snags, sweepers or other debris stationed in the river.  During this time of year, drifting the lower Farmlands section (KOA TO RINGER ROAD) without an experience oarsmen or from a floatable device without a rowing frame is not recommended.  Please use good commonsense and judgment when drifting the river in August. The river continues to operate at summer time flows.  It’s big, fast moving water and most likely will continue to course with heavy water most of the month of August.

On a little lighter note, fishing over the past week has been good, despite the large volume of water and the excessive heat.  Water temperatures are fluctuating, operating around the mid fifty degree mark during the day.  Ideal for actively feeding trout.

The summer time heat kicked the terrestrial fishing into high gear, especially in the Upper and Lower Yakima River Canyons where dense grassy banks persist this time of year.  Grasshoppers in assorted colors and sizes as well as ants, beetles and other creepy crawlers are all working well along the banks of the Yakima at this time.

Hatches of Yellow Sally Stoneflies and Pale Morning Dun Mayflies are still occurring as well.  Both are happening in far greater numbers in the upper sections of the Farmlands at this time.  Late evening summer Caddis occur daily at dusk throughout the Farmlands and Lower Yakima River Canyon.

July 20th -2006

It’s the time of year once again when many of our western rivers begin dropping in volume and their water temperatures soar significantly.  Trout fishing slows during the heat of the day on many of these well known streams, as bright sunny conditions beam hot summer sun across the river.  For us, we experience a 180 difference on the Yakima River

As the forecast calls for hot blistering days ahead, demands for more irrigation water from local area farmers has increased.  The river has swollen to this Central Washington’s stream banks as more releases from the Cle Elum Reservoir have occurred.   This bottom feed reservoir is discharging large volumes of water at this time.  Those fly anglers looking to wade the river effectively during the day are going to find it much more difficult this week then previously experienced earlier in the month.  Look for braided channels and islands situated in the river bottom.  Here, river volume is broken up and many of our resident trout take refuge in these areas during high water flows.

With warm temperatures forecasted over the next several days, you can expect the grasses along the river to thicken under the warm Kittitas Valley sunshine.  These dense grasses will provide shade and cover for resident rainbows as well as a home for many of the rivers terrestrial organisms.   Grasshoppers will flourish and grow under the hot, desert sunshine and ants, beetles and other non aquatic life forms will thrive along these tall, thick grasses. 

Yakima River anglers will welcome a cool afternoon breeze and the stimulating feeding events it can provide as the wind blows through these grasses along the river bank.   Here, small Grasshoppers, black and red ants as well as a variety of beetles become easy targets for an afternoon feed.

Late morning P.M.D. hatches are occurring in good quantity throughout much of the Lower Farmlands and Southern Canyon section of the Yakima.  Large spinners hover above the water in the latter portions of the afternoon as well.   Yellow Sally Stoneflies are still occurring, but over the past week not in great numbers. 

Attractor style dry fly fishing and combination dropper fishing throughout areas of the river are a welcome change this time of year.  Its fun and challenging fishing throughout the day as you float from a safe, comfortable drift boat and propelling casts within inches of the undercut banks.

Late afternoon and early evenings are providing summer time Caddis hatches at this time.  Each section of the river experiences this summer time phenomenon, however each area also experiences it in different levels of degree.  Expect much better, more intense hatches of evening Caddis hatches throughout lower portions of the Yakima throughout the remaining days of summer.

The Klickitat River in Southeastern Washington got off to a slow start in June, however now this fabulous river is starting to produce some good summer steelheading opportunities. With the Columbia River heating up, summer steelhead are pouring over the Bonneville Dam, moving into cooler tributary rivers.  Water flows on the Klickitat are much higher then last year and water clarity is about 6 to 8 inches at this time.  Warm weather over much of the state throughout the next several days could produce cloudier conditions. Many of our guiding days for the first portions of the October season are already spoken for; however September, late October and November still provides great steelheading opportunities on the Klickitat with flies.  If you interested in experiencing this fantastic summer steelhead fishery with us, please contact the pro shop early this year.

Smallmouth Bass fishing in the lower Yakima River isn’t slowing down even with the hot warm days the Tri-Cities is experiencing.  If trout fishing has slowed for you and you aren’t finding as much luck, don’t’ discriminate against the Smallmouth Bass.  Pound for pound they will pull, punch and fight as hard or harder as any of their freshwater brethren.  If you are interested in experiencing this fly fishing and this portion of the Yakima first hand, call the pro shop in Ellensburg for dates and availability.  Its ton of fun!

July 12th -2006

With the middle of the month quickly approaching, summer time fishing on Central Washington’s Yakima River is in full swing.  River flows continue to operate below the normal stage of operation for this time of year. However, despite the warm July days, thermometer readings in the Upper Yakima River Basin continue to maintain an optimal high fifties temperature, creating ideal rainbow activity throughout the day.

A mixture of aquatic insect activity will occur during the fishing day.  Pale Morning Dun Mayflies are still a late morning event throughout much of the river.  Each day we see this cycle begin approximately 11:00 a.m. and continue over the course of the day.  Be prepared with patterns to match this mayfly in size #16.

Stonefly hatches are a constant occurrence during the fishing season on the Yakima River.  This month, Yellow Sally Stoneflies are an important food form and will be hatching during the latter portions of the day, especially throughout portions of the Upper Farmlands and Cle Elum area of the Yakima.  Lower areas of the river will experience some light Yellow Sally activity.

Our summer stonefly, the Short-wing Stone is also beginning to form along the stream banks of the Yakima at this time.  This is by far our most prolific stonefly on the river.  It’s also one of the largest the river produces, falling just smaller then the monster Salmonfly in girth. 

The males will be the first to appear.  Watch for them to beginning showing up along areas of the river in substantial numbers around the end of the month.  In August, the females will appear and their presence will provide some great stonefly fishing during the heat of the day.
Its also Terrestrial time,  so the hot summer days are beginning to grow some larger size Grasshoppers in assorted colors along the rocky and grassy areas of the river.  Ants, beetles and a host of other assorted little creatures are also available to trout during the day.  An assortment of attractor style flies is always good to have handy this time of year.

The Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Lower Yakima is on fire!  Water and air temperatures are warm in this portion of the river; however it is producing some fine smallie fishing.  Wet fly and surface popper fishing is providing plenty of streamside action throughout the day for this fantastic freshwater game fish.

The Yakima is in fine condition for summer fishing and the weekend outlook for weather is calling for ideal conditions with highs in the lower eighties.  It’s a great time to be out with family and friends enjoying the summer weather.

June 30th -2006

Scorching, hot summer heat has blistered the Kittitas Valley over the past week with intense periods of that infamous Central Washington sunshine.  With high temperatures soaring into the upper nineties we expected to see more water in the Yakima River, however that is not the case.  We did experience a bump in water flows at the beginning of the week, however the river has been gradually dropping each day.  It continues to operate below normal summer flow for this time of year. 
For wading anglers, the Yakima river is still somewhat high for safe and effective fishing in most of the sections.  However, at this stage in flow their are many places where river braids and channels have formed over the years that offer great fishing access to those fishing on foot.

Early morning aquatic insect activity includes good hatches of Yellow Sally Stoneflies and Pale Morning Duns.  As air temperatures begin to soar, the aquatics will begin to slow, especially in areas of the river that provide very little shade. 

Despite the near record temperatures, water temps are staying in the high fifties during the heat of the day.  Lower than normal flows, clear water conditions and bright sunny skies require a change in tactics during the hot portion of the afternoon.  As the evening hours approach and the temperature begins to drop, Yellow Sallies, and Caddis will appear once again for the remaining portions of the fishing day.
With the early start of summer time temperatures, a host of terrestrial insects are also forming in the thick, dense grasses that grow along areas of the Yakima.  Grasshoppers, ants and beetles are quickly becoming an important part of the fishing during the day.  You can expect this food form to become a more essential part of the trout's diet over the next several months.  Make sure to have a variety of patterns in your fly boxes for summer afternoon fly fishing.

With the warm days, Lower Yakima River Smallmouth fishing has heated up!  Staging and late spawning Smallmouth are active during the day.   Guarding males are fiercely protecting spawning areas and are providing plenty of fly fishing excitement.  Gigantic River Carp are in the heat of their spawn as well as they perform mating rituals along the shallow edges and ledges of the Lower Yakima.   Males and females enter twine stirring up sand and silt with all the commotion.   You can expect Smallmouth Bass fly fishing in the lower river to remain productive over the next several months.

The staff and management of Worley Bugger Fly Co. wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.   We will be closed on the 4th, enjoying time with our families.  We hope you do the same.

June 22nd -2006

After a week of high water flows, turbid water conditions and cooler temperatures, river flows on the Yakima from top to bottom have dropped off considerably.  A downpour of rain showers in combination with melting high elevation snow pack as well as water releases from the Yakima River Reservoirs had the river swollen from bank to bank.

Much drier conditions this week and a reduction in water from the Cle Elum Reservoir have this Central Washington trout stream dropping once again?  At this point bank and wading anglers will still find high water conditions for safe and effective fishing conditions.   With warm temperatures expected for the weekend as well as the coming week, I would expect to see more water being released to meet irrigation needs in the valley.  Reduction in releases from the Naches River reservoir system will put more demand on the much larger Yakima system.

Yellow Sally’s and P.M.D.’s continue to the major insect attractions during the main portion of the day.  Some Green Drake action has been happening throughout the Farmlands section of the Yakima, however it’s been sporadic.  With the river now beginning to settle, we could begin to experience a more consistent daily hatch in this area of the river.  The Golden Stones are still happening in the early portion of the afternoon, so searching the top water with big dries has been effective.  Most likely we will see an erratic pattern of these large size stoneflies hatching throughout the remainder of the month.

Late afternoon Caddis hatches have been unpredictable as well throughout the Yakima system.  Presumably due to the blustery evening winds that have occurred during this portion of the day.  Once the wind lays down, summer Caddisflies will be a more consistent occurrence.

With reservoir reduction happening over the past several days in the Naches Drainage, the Lower Yakima has also dropped like a rock.  Smallmouth Bass fishing has fired up again.   This is spawning and staging time for Yakima River Smallmouth, so the next several weeks should bring some terrific smallie fishing. 

Steelhead counts over Bonneville Dam are starting to look much better as well.  With the drier conditions in the is portion of the state as well, the Summer Steelhead fishing on the Klickitat River should begin producing some early hatchery fish.  Expect the wild run to begin in the early portions of August.   A full report on the Klick coming soon.

June 15th -2006

After a fantastic start to the month of June more torrential rain showers drenched the Kittitas Valley the first part of the week.  Buckets of precipitation soaked the Yakima Basin. Upper Yakima tributaries like the Teanaway rose quickly in water volume dumping more sand and sediment into the river.  If that wasn't enough, water releases from the Cle Elum Reservoir have also occurred over the past couple of days, creating high volumes of water. 
At this time, the Yakima is in tough fishing conditions.  You can expect these river conditions to persist over the next several days.  With most of the reservoirs at full capacity now, expect stream conditions to improve once the inflow to these large Yakima River impoundments begins to diminish.
Just because the Yakima is in tough shape doesn't mean their isn't  any good fishing opportunities.  The basin lakes are fishing well for both trout and bass and their is a wide variety of them to choose from.  Rocky Ford Creek as well as many of the other small streams are always another option.

June 8th -2006


As the start to the summer season gets underway, river flow and conditions on Central Washington’s Blue Ribbon Trout Stream couldn’t be finer.  This first portion of the month, we are experiencing lower than normal river flow, which in turn is creating some dynamic insect activity on the Yakima. 

With lower water volume and an increase in water temperatures, a host of aquatic insect activity is occurring throughout the upper portions of the Yakima River.  Golden Stoneflies, Yellow Sally Stoneflies, Pale Morning Dun and Pale Evening Dun Mayflies and several sizes and varieties of Caddisflies are occurring throughout the fishing day. 

It is also drake time, so you can expect the start of both Green and Brown Drakes as well.  The Lower Yakima River Canyon is bustling with Drake nymphs.  These clinger nymphs can be seen on just about any piece of woody debris or large boulder you turn over.

Today, river flows are operating below normal.  As seasonal temperatures remain on the cooler side we expect to see the river remain at this volume over the next several days.  The Naches River, a large lower Yakima River tributary that merges with the Yakima at the town of Selah now is operating at extremely high levels. At this time, reservoir releases are being drawn from the Rimrock and Bumping water impoundments. 

High snow pack continues to melt into both of these reservoirs, which are already filled at 100% capacity.  Irrigation needs for lower valley farmers irrigation is being filled at this time by this system.  These water releases have created some high water volumes and low visibility conditions in the “Lower” Yakima for Smallmouth fishing at this time. Last week, conditions drop considerably over a short period of time and Smallie fishing was fairly good, despite the rivers clarity.  These conditions are improving daily as we are keeping a close eye on the daily events in this portion of the Yakima.

The Upper Yakima trout fishery at this time is probably fishing the best it has all year.  With lower flows and great insect hatches, the trout are feeding in all portions of the water column.  The dry fly fishing has really improved over the past week.  Afternoon hatches of Pale Morning Dun’s and Yellow Sally Stoneflies are providing some match the hatch fishing.  Early afternoons are also providing us with Golden Stoneflies as well.  

As warmer days prevail, the banks of the Yakima are beginning to thicken and flourish with stream side foliage.  You can expect, Terrestrial fishing to become an interracial part of the daily events this month as well.  Ants, Beetles and Grasshoppers will once again be an important food form during the hot days throughout the months of summer.  Be prepared with a variety of these trout favorites in your boxes.

The Summer Steelhead fishing on the Klickitat River opened on June 1st.  The first week has produced some fish, however, unfavorable; high water conditions at this time have slowed fishing.  Higher Steelhead counts now moving over Bonneville Dam are now occurring and if the trend continues, some late June or early July opportunities for catching Klickitat Summer Steelhead could become available.  We are also keeping a close eye on these changes river conditions as well.  Feel free to contact the pro-shop in Eburg for information or dates and availability.

May 25th -2006

As the start of the three day holiday begins, a cooling trend has swept across the Yakima River Valley.  This past week normal consistent May weather temperatures have occurred. Most days we have experienced an afternoon thunder showers moving across the basin, dumping heavy amounts of moisture around the river bottom.

Despite the precipitation, the Yakima continues to drop in river volume.  Water clarity and turbidity has greatly improved with the Upper River and Upper Farmlands area now showing about 2 feet of visible conditions.  The Lower Sections of the Farmlands around Ellensburg and the Yakima River Canyon are showing less signs of river clarity today.  However, with the continual drop in flows these sections of the river should improve over the next 24 hours. Weekend stream conditions for fishing should be good.

The staff and management of Worley Bugger Fly Co., would like wish all of the veterans past and present a peaceful Memorial Day.  Thank you to all of the US Armed Forces in service here and abroad.

May 18th -2006

Searing spring temperatures blaze across the Central Basin as day time highs breach the ninety degree mark each day.  The late winter snow pack that built in volumes this year atop the Cascades Mountain Range once again is on a quick melt.
As tributaries of the Yakima River swell to their banks with spring run-off, the main stem is building in extreme volumes as it cuts coarse through the Kittitas Valley.  Flood warning have been issued through the remaining portions of the week.  The Naches River, running adjacent with the Yakima in the next drainage to the west is now at flood stage. Cooler weather is forecasted for the weekend, which may help alleviate some of the water pressure throughout our Eastern Washington rivers.
The Yakima River, Mothers Day Caddis hatch was right on schedule this year as incredible blooms of aquatics exploded in mass amounts in the lower river .  If you missed out on this amazing event, here are some extraordinary moments that were captured during the week.

Upper Yakima River

Mother's Day Caddis-May 14th 2006

For those looking to get out this weekend and enjoy the warm, sunny weather, the still-water fisheries of the central portion of the state are now producing Damselfly hatches.  The warmer water temperatures have spiked and early afternoons are providing good Damsel fishing at the Basin lakes. 
Rocky Ford Creek, near the town of Epharta is providing fly fishermen with an afternoon hatch of Pale Morning Dun Mayflies.

May 11th -2006

It’s nearly the middle portion of May and an unexpected, unusual event has occurred with Central Washington’s Yakima River.  Cool, spring nights have caused a continual drop in river flows and once again this spring trout stream is in low, wadable fishing condition.  This is something we have never seen or expected to see, especially in the month of May.  The Yakima is in prime spring condition with clear, visible conditions throughout the lower portions of the river.

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, the seasonal Caddisflies have exploded throughout the river.  Early afternoons are producing blizzard blooms of spring Caddis.  Be prepared with dark bodied patterns of pupa, emergers and egg layers.

The March Brown Mayfly is still a major player in the day’s activity as well.  Two o’clock is the prime time of the day for this emergence.  The upper and lower farmlands are producing far greater numbers of this drake like mayfly at this time.

As if that wasn’t enough forage for the Yakima Rainbows to gorge on, the granddaddy of all stoneflies, the Pteronarcys-Salmon Fly, a huge, belly filling, protein packed stonefly is making an appearance in the afternoons as well and making quite a commotion doing so.
This week, warm, windless spring days have generated vast numbers of this giant aquatic insect. The adult, egg laying female struggles as she haplessly flies across the river.  During the night and the early portions of the morning hours, trout eagerly stuff their gullet with these enormous stonefly nymphs as they migrate to the river banks.
 With an insatiable appetite, they anxiously await the chance at a highly vulnerable adult.  We've had great fun all week tossing colossal size imitations in the afternoon hours.
The Lower Yakima River for Smallmouth is beginning to pick up as well after a slow start, mainly due to high water conditions and lower river temperatures.  The start of irrigation season has helped alleviate some of the higher water flows and water temps are on the rise.  Columbia River Bass are beginning their transition from the home waters to the spawning grounds of the Lower Yakima. 
The remaining days of May and the month of June will produce some excellent Smallie fishing in the lower river.  Some guiding days are still available.  For more information, please refer to the website or call the Ellensburg pro shop for more details.

May 4th -2006

Once again a period of cool, frost filled nightly temperatures has occurred this week throughout the Yakima River Valley, slowing the snow pack melt considerably in the Cascades Mountain Range.  Over the past several day the Yakima has been on a quick drop as river volume, water clarity and overall conditions have improved greatly.  Most likely it a short reprieve from a snow pack that still remains above average in the Upper Yakima Basin.
As this Central Washington stream drops back into fishable condition, a host of aquatics is occurring throughout sections of the Yakima River.  Warm day time temperatures have sparked blooms of Caddisflies as clouds of spring Grannoms emerge from the waters of the Yakima.  A dark bodied imitation in all the life stages of this caddis will be essential for duplicating the natural.
The afternoons are producing March Brown Mayflies as well, however some sections of the Yakima are experiencing a far greater degree of mayfly activity then others.  This is typical for the emergence of this insect and for the Yakima.
Its also Salmonfly time and this year the river is producing substantial numbers of this giant stonefly.  In the early afternoon, the big adults can be seen flying across the waters of the Yakima.  Like other stonefly species, the adult egg laying female is the primary focus for trout as well as the fly fisher.
These female stoneflies make quite a ruckus on the water as they deposit their egg sac.  A dead drifted Salmonfly pattern will usually not produce much action.  A skating, twitching motion will more times than not get the attentions of a hungry trout.  The extended forecast is calling for much of the same conditions as we have seen all week  Cool nights and warm, sunny spring days.

April 27th -2006

The window of opportunity to experience consistent spring fishing on the Yakima has closed abruptly once again.  More rain showers late last week, once again drove melting snow pack into the tributaries of the Yakima creating spotty, inconsistent fishing days most of the week. I wish I had better news to report, however spring fishing this year on the Yakima has had its ups and downs.  Some days are very good, while other days inconsistencies in weather and water conditions certainly have made it challenging for everyone.
The long winter in combination with a wet spring have created some arduous conditions to deal with each day.  Storm systems carrying heavy amounts of moisture and  precipitation across the Cascade Mountain Range are causing an irregular spring fishing season on the Yakima.   Cool night time temperatures are also slowing the run off process. The extended forecast for the next several days is calling for much drier conditions.  If this occurs, we should see a dramatic drop in river volume.  Today, flows throughout most of the river are beginning to stabilize and recede.
The upper sections of the Yakima above the Teanaway River have remained relatively low and clear most of the spring.  However, this hasn't made fishing any easier through that piece of water either.  Consistent day to day hatches of Blue Wing Olives and March Brown Mayflies are occurring.  Some days fish are looking up, slurping foolishly, while other days not a riser ring can be seen?
The fish are biting and being caught with dry flies, just not in numbers like we usually see with spring Yakima River fishing.  Overall, wet flies, nymphs and streamers have been a more consistent form of fishing.  Not everyone's favorite I know, but sometimes you gotta go dredging.
What's aquatics are happening?  Blue Wing Olive and March Brown Mayflies, Grannom Caddis and Salmon Flies are hatches throughout sections of the Yakima at this time.
For those interested in the still water fisheries of the Central Basin, good fishing is now occurring at Nunnally, Lenice, Bobbi and Lake Lenore.  Chirionomids are still the main focus of fishing at this time, however some of the area lakes are starting to produce hatches of Callibaetis Mayflies.  During the month of May, area lakes will also begin to see the start of good damsel fly fishing.

April 20th -2006

The conditions we have been waiting for all spring has finally arrived.  Cool, frosty night time temperatures dropping to the freezing level each day have significantly slowed the spring run off.   The Yakima River flows have dropped like a rock over the past several days. With the amount of snow pack this year, we are surprised to see the river at this stage so late in the month of April.
Beautiful, warm spring days are now occurring throughout the Central Basin.  The sunshine is blasting warm rays across the Yakima River Valley.  The river is in optimal condition, especially for this time of year and producing intense hatches of mayflies each day.  If you haven't been out this year...now is the time!!
Spring mayflies are hatching in the late morning and early portions of the afternoon.  Blue Wing Olives are the first species you will encounter during your fishing day.  Areas of the lower Yakima, below the small community of Throp are producing far greater hatches of these olive dun colored mayflies.  For those that love small Baetis fishing, concentrate your efforts in the lower portion of the Yakima.
Between the hours of 1:00 p.m and 2:00 p.m., large variegated brown winged mayflies will begin appearing on the Yakima.  As the minutes progress, thicker concentrations of these aquatic food forms will emerge.  Fish loose all inhibitions and begin foolishly feeding on the March Brown Mayflies.  Its an intense effort as most of  these big insects struggle under the rivers current.  All out feeding occurs both above and below the surface.  Is their a better, more consistent spring mayfly hatch on the Yakima.  Not in my opinion.  Its truly a spectacular, fascinating event to encounter and experience.
The spring stonefly fishing has begun to slow as the Skwalla completes their yearly cycle on the Yakima.  However, we are still seeing a few flying females during the day.  A large silhouette fished before and after the mayfly hatches will draw some attentions.  Wading the river safely throughout the Upper and Lower Farmlands area is still challenging at the current speed of the river.  At this time some areas will be easier than others.
Check the daily Yakima River flow conditions here or call the pro shop in Ellensburg for current river and fishing conditions.

April 14th -2006

The April showers continue as spring storm systems move across the Yakima River Valley.  Isolated rain showers dropping heavy precipitation over the Cascades and Teanaway River Valley throughout the week has many of the small tributaries of the Yakima swollen with spring stream run off.
Erratic, spring weather patterns are to blame as glacier tinted waters invade some sections of the Yakima.   Spring storms dumping moisture across portions of Kittitas County are mixing with low lying winter snow pack.  A mixture of both rain and snow showers is melting layers of winter snow accumulations, which in turn are being feed into sections of the Yakima River.
The Teanaway River, a main tributary of the Yakima, draining from the east slopes of the Cascades is on a hard drop today.  We could see water conditions and clarity greatly improve for weekend fishing in the lower sections of the Yakima.  At this time most areas of the lower river have approximately 2 feet of visibility.
Water conditions above the Teanaway and Yakima confluence are still good.  This section of the river is in prime spring condition and producing hatches of March Brown and Blue Wing Olive Mayflies as well as Skwalla Stoneflies in the afternoon.  This upper area of the Yakima did get a little boost of water earlier this week, which has seemed to steadily increase the productive fishing and insect activity throughout this river section.
For those interested in the still waters of the Central Basin, good days are being reported at Lake Lenore, Dry Falls and Lake Nunnally as well as the spring creek waters of Rocky Ford.  Midge fishing at the lakes and Blue Wing Olive surface action at the Ford.
The staff and management of Worley Bugger Fly Co. wishes everyone a happy, safe and peaceful Easter Sunday.

April 6th -2006

As we begin the month of April, the first week has brought about higher water flows and less visible water conditions in portions of the Yakima River.  On April Fools Day, the valley was pounded with rain as a down pour of showers moved across the Cascade Mountain Range.
The storm passed along the low lying hills surrounding the Ellensburg Valley.  The thin layer of winter snows still shrouded along the hill tops begun to mix and melt.  In turn, creating a high volume of spring run off draining into the Yakima, via a combination of small and larger sized tributaries.
The Teanaway River is the main culprit in the spring, being the largest drainage flowing into the upper waters of the Yakima. However, as the river travels south it picks up several other small tributaries that feed into this Central Washington trout stream adding more volume along it's descent.
As of today, the river has about two (2) feet of clarity in the lower sections below this confluence.  Above the Teanaway River, the Yakima is operating at a low volume with near crystal clear water conditions.  Wading anglers not familiar with the lower water may want to concentrate on this section of river.  Wading the lower river will be difficult at this point and if we see the water volume increase today your chances of wading safely go down considerably.  The Yakima has once again become a big western drift boat river and most likely your not going to see it wade-able again until September.
The fishing has been good this week in the lower portions of the Yakima despite the higher, cooler flows. We are now beginning to see a consistency in our mayfly hatches.  The Blue Wing Olive Mayflies have been active in the early afternoons and the March Brown Mayflies are beginning to appear shortly after.  The March Brown is still in its early stages, however their has been enough of them hatching to draw some attentions.  Its a short lived hatch at its height of the season, so expect to see a more consistent cycle of this spring mayfly throughout the month of April.  Water conditions of course will dictate emergence times and intensities of the hatch.
The dense Midge hatches are still on going as these tiny clustering insects horde on the surface in big balls.  Its been fun to fish the Midge Clusters this year.  Its been a few season since we seen this kind of prolong Midge Cluster activity on the Yakima.  The stonefly fishing for the spring hasn't yet ended either.  We are still seeing some adults popping in the afternoons.  At this point in the season, the fish have seen a steady stream of Skwalla adults and will generally react to a big silhouette fished on the surface.
Its hard to say what is going to happen and predict conditions over the next several weeks.  We still have plenty of snow pack to melt off and this year your going to see the Yakima swollen bank to bank that's for sure.  Its day to day at this point and dependant on the weather conditions that occur.  The good thing about the Yakima is we have a lot of river to fish that's not usually susceptible to heavy spring run off.  We also won't  have to worry about water temperatures this summer like we did last year.  Good for the fish and good for the farmer.

March 30th -2006

With the month of March coming to a close, the weather that we usually experience the first part of the month has finally arrived.   Warm, comfortable fly fishing days blanket the Yakima River Valley as day time highs reach the upper fifty degree mark each day.  The warm Ellensburg days are triggering a host of aquatic insect activity as Midges, Mayflies and Stoneflies all play an important role in Yakima River Fly fishing throughout the day. 
The longer periods of  sunshine as well as the warmer night time highs have certainly helped.  A shift in the insect activity has occurred this past week throughout the Yakima.  Daylight Savings Time begins on Saturday the 2nd of April, providing even more time for the Kittitas Valley sunshine to beam its warm rays over the Central Basin.
Midges by the thousands are literally covering the Yakima's surface each day. The trout haven't been overly interested in the single Midge food form. However; the big clustering balls of these tiny insects that are gathering in masses have the rainbows taking every feeding opportunity available to them.  Its literally an orgy of aquatics insects.
Skwalla Stoneflies are still in the fishing picture as well, especially through the lower sections of the river.  Big bullet head style or heavily hackled dry flies imitations are presenting some fun fishing during the day.  With the delayed start to this years early spring stonefly season its likely we will see the Skwalla activity carry over into the middle of April.
Blue Wing Olive Mayflies have also become an important part of the spring fishing as well.  Some days the river presents a thicker, denser hatch than others.  However, throughout the month of April, we should begin to see a much more consistent daily cycle of our spring mayfly.
The month of April will also present us with the March Brown Mayfly hatch, in my opinion probably the most exciting hatch of mayflies on the river.  Watch for them to begin showing up in the afternoon at anytime during the first portions of the month.
The river has experienced some flow fluctuations mainly due in part to some late evening rain showers that have moved across the lower lying foothills of the Cascades.  The Teanaway River, the Upper Yakima's largest tributary is beginning to flow heavier with spring runoff.  Today the river is in good condition with approximately two feet of visibility and ample places for wading and boating opportunities.  Watch the gauging stations daily for current changes in flow variations or call the Ellensburg pro shop for current fishing conditions.
This Saturday the Sixth annual Yakima River Canyon Marathon will be held once again.  If you plan to fish the canyon section on this day, please drive careful and watch for runners along the roadside.  You will need a sportsman's pass to access to the canyon section of the Yakima.  Stop by the Worley Bugger pro shop in Ellensburg to obtain one for the day

March 23rd-2006

Finally, the weather we have been waiting for has arrived.  Warm night time temperatures, staying well above the freezing level have been consistent all week long and the day time fishing climate has almost reached the sixty degree marker each day.  It looks like spring has officially arrived.
A consistency in the weather patterns and air temperatures is generating an aquatic insect emergence as well.  With water temperatures on the rise, the Skwalla fishing has taken an 360 degree turn this week. The egg laying female Skwalla Stoneflies have begun their migration back to the water.  The trout are keenly aware of their presence and are looking for that surface stranded adult stonefly.
Afternoon hatches of spring Baetis or Blue Wing Olive Mayflies is also in its beginning stages.  This emergence has been lasting a bit more each day and seems to be at this time, very river section specific.  Our lower sections of the Upper Yakima, especially the canyon section has been producing a spectacular hatch each day.  We are also starting to see more prolific emergences of this dun wing colored mayfly in the river bottom and farmlands sections of the Yakima.
The Yakima is in prime spring conditions, flows are stable and have been consistent all week.  Each day we see an increase in water temperature, so it only gets better from here for early spring fishing.  We have a good snow pack this year, however at this time our night time lows are cool and the day time highs are warm enough to perpetuate a slow, moderate melt off.

March 16th-2006

With the middle of the month now upon us, the unusual, erratic weather conditions continue with persistence.  All week, the night time low temperatures have been below the freezing level each night, delaying the emergence of our spring aquatic insect hatches.This morning, the low lands of the Kittitas Valley received additional moisture as big flakes of snow descended on the rodeo city. 
The surrounding hillsides were covered in a blanket of freezing fog as more precipitation added to its already existing snow pack.  Like usual, the afternoon sunshine has filtered through the morning cloud bank and day time temperatures are approaching the fifty degree mark.  More rain showers are expected later in the day.
When will this weather trend all end? It looks as though this weekend.  The extended weather forecast is calling for a significant change in our weather patterns as warmer temperatures and sunshine are predicted.  Over the next 48 hours, the Yakima River Valley is suppose to see a substantial difference in our night time lows as well.  Night time temperatures are expected in the lower 40 degree range.  Great news if it forecast is accurate.
The Yakima is in prime spring condition as river flows continue to drop to low volumes.  Wading anglers as well as drift boating fly fishers will find the Yakima in ideal March condition.
Earlier this week, we were treated to a short lived mayfly hatch of Blue Wing Olives in the latter portions of the afternoon.  However, their weren't enough adult duns to stimulate an overwhelming surface feeding reaction, but it was great to see mayflies hatching again on the Yakima.  A sure sign however that dry fly fishing is on the horizon.The question on a lot of the fly fishing minds is are we going to have any spring stonefly fishing?  I think so.  From what we are seeing now it should be good once we begin to see more female Skwalla's.  The banks are littered with the smaller Skwalla Male stoneflies. 
What we may see this year is hatches of Skwalla Stoneflies, B.W.O's and March Browns Mayflies all cycling around the same time.  If that occurs, we could really see some explosive fishing through the end of March or the beginning days of April.
During the afternoon, lasting the majority of the fishing day, Midges literally carpet the rivers surface.  In places were you find balls of these tiny insects clustering, some fish will be actively feeding on them.  Look for slow moving foam lines and seam edges for this kind of activity.
The Central  Basin still-water fisheries of our state are reporting good fishing, despite the cooler water temps.  Chironomid fishing in both Lake Lenore and Lake Lenice has been consistent throughout the day.

March 9th-2006

With the upcoming official arrival of spring on March 20th, old man winter has yet to loosen it his grasp on the mountain passes of the Pacific Northwest.  The high elevations of the Cascade Mountain Range are receiving several new inches of snow adding to its already existing layers. 
The low lying hillsides around the Kittitas Valley were also thinly coated with a new layer late yesterday afternoon.  This morning, blue skies and that infamous Central Basin sunshine were blasting warm rays across the Yakima River Valley This winter is definitely different from what we have experienced over the last several years.  Inconsistencies in day and night time temperatures has everything in a bit of a disturbance.
Early spring Yakima River fly fishermen are anxiously awaiting our Skwalla Stonefly hatch to begin.  Their is quite a congregation of adult male" stones that has gathered along areas of the stream bank in the Farmlands section of the Yakima River, however we have yet to see its much larger female counterpart.
With night time lows dropping below the freezing level, we just aren't seeing the water temperatures reach the adequate level during the day for a full on stonefly emergence.  Even though most days, afternoon air temperatures are in the upper forties or low fifties.  The fish still have to eat and eat they are doing.  The nymph and streamer fishing has been consistent from day to day, with the afternoons of course being most productive time of the day.
Even though the Yakima's water temperature remains unseasonably low, a couple of new aquatic organisms are beginning to appear, both in the water column and in the rocks and the wooden debris along the river banks.
This seasons spring Baetis nymph, a swimming mayfly has started to appear more frequently now in our seine samples as well as the March Brown, a clinging nymph.  A good indication that spring is on its way, its just a little slow in getting here.

March 2nd-2006

As the third month of the new year gets underway, residents of the Yakima River Valley are eagerly awaiting the official arrival of spring.  Many of the valley's seasonal birds that make the arduous journey south for the winter are beginning to return along the banks of the river, indicating warmer days are following close at hand.
Night time lows continue to vary from day to day as well as the day time highs.  A predawn rain shower with ample amounts of precipitation passed over the central portion of the Yakima Basin on Monday, dropping hours worth of moisture.  The river turned over a bit on Tuesday afternoon and discolored, displaying a pea green tint in its darker depths as the water volume increased slightly.
This morning the Yakima's flows have once again receded and the clarity has settled out as well.  The river is in fine condition, despite another early morning rain shower on Thursday.  The extended weather forecast is calling for a slight chance of precipitation over the next several days, however today the Kittitas Valley sunshine is beaming its warmth across the river basin.
This past weekend, the KOA of Ellensburg and the Worley Bugger Fly Co. hosted the 7th Annual Yakima River Clean Up.  Despite the chilly night on Friday with lows dropping into the teens, plenty of willing participants arrived Saturday morning ready and willing to pursue the task at hand.  With the help of many, we were able to collect refuge from the Green Bridge in Throp to the "Slab", south of Ellensburg in the Lower Yakima River Canyon.   Approximately 35 miles of river was covered by boat and bank fishermen.  With their efforts were able to collect almost a ton of garbage from the Yakima!
Thanks to everyone that showed up and pitch in for the day to make this annual event a huge success.  It was great to meet the new faces as well as see all of the local and Westside Yakima River Fly Fishermen.  Your help and efforts were greatly appreciated.  Thanks also to Jerry and Brenda of the Ellensburg K.O.A. for hosting the event and helping to make it another successful Yakima River Clean Up!
The official March 1st lake opener began yesterday statewide and the popular Central Basin lakes such as Lenice, Nunnally and Lake Lenore will all be visited by area fly fishermen on the first day of the new season.  Dry Falls Lake, another popular fly fishing stillwater fishery opens on April 1st.  Check your fishing regulations for more info.  Bookings on Blackstone Lake, filled quickly this year and as of today only two (2) dates remain open for March and April fishing.  Please call the Worley Bugger proshop for availability.

February 17th-2006

A string of brisk days has dawned over the Yakima River Valley as temperatures have dropped considerably from what we had experienced last week over the Central Basin.  Unfortunately, single digit night time lows and day time highs in the mid twenties are expected for the remainder of today and Saturday. The start of the new week looks promising with much warmer weather projected on Sunday, extending into the work week.
The cooler temperatures have stunted what was to be a very early adult Skwalla hatch this season on the Yakima.  Last week, a fair number of adult stoneflies were showing up in the sunny afternoon. The trout were well aware of their presence and were not hesitant at all to approach an exacting imitation. We knew it was just to good to be true.
With warmer day and night time temperatures forecasted for early next week, we could once again see more of this early stonefly activity.  If not, the wet fly fishing combinations of nymphs and streamers has been productive.  Sculpins, a small olive and black bodied baitfish that thrive in the waters of the Yakima are in spawn at this time.
The Yakima is in good condition, flowing low and clear throughout the majority of the river. Their is some ice that has formed in areas of the river, especially in the slow moving pools and edges.  Wading anglers will find plenty of accessible water to fish.  For those drifting the river, no problem areas have been reported or observed during the week.
We spent a day in the northern portion of the our state earlier in the week, pursuing summer steelhead in the Methow River system.  Conditions their were low and clear with water temperatures holding in the upper thirties.  It was amazing to see the vast numbers of steelhead holding in the low, gin clear runs of this small North Cascades stream.  Some runs were literally dotted with fish from top to bottom.  The river will remain open until the last day of March, unless an earlier date is announced by Fish & Game.
On Saturday, February 25th, the staff, management and professional guiding team of Worley Bugger Fly Co. will host the 7th annual "Yakima River Clean Up".  Over the years, with the help of hundreds of willing participants, we have collected thousands of pounds of refuge from the banks and streambed of the river.  Plan to participate this month in a worth while event and get some early spring fishing in as well.  More detailed information can be found here.  A post barbeque and raffle party will be held for the clean up participants at the K.O.A. of Ellensburg.  Come out and join us for a fun fishing day and help make Washington States premier trout fishery an even better one!

February 9th-2006

Its the start of February, however you wouldn't know it by the weather we have been experiencing the last several days.  Today especially looks and feels like a mid April day rather than a late winter February one.
The beginning of the month, the river experienced some flow fluctuations, primarily due to excess rain and snow melt.  Drier conditions and cool night time lows over the past few days has the volume dropping like a rock.
As the river volume drops and the day time highs begin to excel, a couple of spring events are going to unfold. 
Skwalla Stoneflies are going to begin  their metamorphoses from nymph to adult.  This spring hatch is already in its beginning stages as you can see from this photo taken from the river yesterday afternoon

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Big Dry Fly Fishing Isn't Far Off Now!

Yakima River-Adult Skwalla

With the Yakima's water temperatures on the rise, the spring mayfly hatch will also be in its beginning development. 
Blue Wing Olives, will become an available food source in abundant supply.  The nymph, emerger and adult duns will all be a important part of your fishing day. 
If this mild forecast continues, and we see a consistency in conditions, we could begin see good hatches of Baetis and Skwalla's any day now.  The weekend forecast calls for plenty of Central Washington sunshine!

February 3rd-2006

The past week provided a bit different scenario then what we had been experiencing over the past couple of weeks here in the Yakima River Basin.  A mixture of both snow and rain showers passed over the central region of our valley dropping about an inch of precipitation in the low lands, while the foothills and higher elevations received much more.
Hundreds of motorists, including several fly fishermen from the west side of the state became stranded for an extra day as pass closures forced hundreds of travelers to seek shelter in Ellensburg and Cle Elum late Sunday evening.  Conditions have improved, however we have seen a slight increase in the Yakima's river volume over the past several days.  Flows have risen just a 100 cfs each day, however with much cooler temperatures today the river has stabilized and has begun to settle.
As of this afternoon, rain showers have begun and are becoming rather heavy.  With guided tours scheduled for the weekend, we are watching the gauging station data very carefully.  At this time their is plenty of visibility with water clarity ranging between 2 and 2 1/2 feet.  Darker conditions are occurring through the lower canyon section due mainly in part to Wilson Creek and its habitual flow of dirty water.
Wet fly fishing with a good searching stonefly pattern in the appropriate size to replicate the Skwalla has been the ticket all week.  However, streamer fishing as well has been a consistent producer of larger sized rainbows.

January 27th-2006

The end of the month is quickly approaching and the last days of winter are dwindling away.  Each afternoon the sun sets a little later in the day, a welcoming site for everyone.  The first signs of springs arrival occurred earlier in the week, when day time highs soared to over 50 degrees.  The first mayfly hatch of the new year occurred as Baetis Mayflies began popping across the rivers surface.
The Yakima Rainbows were quick to take full advantage of this mayfly feast, devouring these late winter Blue Wing Olives.  Although it lasted just a short while, this is a good indication that spring fishing is just around the corner.  Today, we are experiencing another one of those pre-spring-post winter days as the warm, Central Washington sunshine beams brightly across the basin.  Many anticipated the weather conditions and opted for a three day weekend hitting the river this early afternoon for some late January fly fishing.
Skwalla Stone are still the main source of aquatic sustenance and will continue to be a major portion of the trout's diet over the next month.  Hordes of these early spring stonefly nymphs have migrated over the past month and are now collecting along the banks of the Yakima.  Get ready for some great early season stonefly fishing!
The premium still water fisheries of the state will once again become of interest in just over a months time and Blackstone Lake is no exception.  This year, marks our 5th anniversary as Blackstone's exclusive professional guide service and fisheries management team of  this fabulous, rainbow fishery.  Dates have begun filling this month for March and April fishing.  This year, we do encourage our guests to please book your date early.

January 20th-2006

After weeks of soggy, wet weather, the Yakima River Basin has finally experienced several consecutive days with little or no moisture.  Some light snow fall has occurred around the lower elevations the past couple of days, however it is never long for sticking around.  The warm afternoons take care of it quickly.
The Yakima continues to drop in volume daily, thanks in part to the cold night time lows.  The river is still big for this time of year, however conditions are good and the clarity is excellent.  Wading fishermen will find access now as the lower portion of the river has dropped below the 2000cfs mark. 
As the higher flows recede, the fish have started to settle back in, resuming formation in the winter holding waters of the Yakima.  Some surface Midge feeding is occurring during the latter parts of the afternoon,  however it is area specific.  The long, slow glades of the river will be exhibit with this form of activity.  At this point, wet flies are by far a more consistent style of fishing.
Smaller size stonefly nymphs are a sure bet and always work well as a good searching pattern.  Skwalla Stones are amassing along the banks waiting for that ideal February temperature to arrive.  Start making your plans now for earlier stonefly fishing!

January 13th-2006

The moisture keeps on falling in the form of rain here in the Ellensburg Valley, an unusual occurrence for the month of January?  The daily and nightly showers, combined with melting low lying foot hill snow have the river swollen to its banks.  Lighter showers the past couple of days have occurred across the Eastern Basin and the river is on the drop. However, its still big water for this time of year and theirs not much visibility either.  More moisture is forecasted over the next several days as well, so most likely we are going to see things get worse before they get better.   Stay tuned!  We feel for you fishermen on the west-side of the state.
For those that prefer to craft their own flies, this is a good time of the year to sit down at the tying bench and begin restocking those bare fly boxes with spring time patterns.  For the early season Yakima fishing, Skwalla Stoneflies and Blue Wing Olive patterns for the February and March.   My personal favorite, the March Brown Mayflies, during April and May.
Reservations are already being made for spring fly fishing tours on the Yakima and Blackstone Lake.  Please make yours early this year for a favorable booking.

January 5th-2006

With the start of a new year and the beginning of yet another fly fishing season, higher Yakima River flows have occurred.  Low, stagnate water flows during the month of December mixed with slush and ice were a daily reminder of winters harsh conditions. Many portions of the river, where idle waters form were completely frozen over.  During the Christmas Holiday, a warm front mixed with a strong amount of precipitation delivered nightly down pours of unusual heavy rain.
Snow accumulations that had built up over the early weeks of December were quickly melted and flushed into the river system causing a large increase in water volume.  The river beforehand was operating extremely low, even for the winter month of December.  As the push of water coursed through the Yakima, a stirring of aquatic insects has also occurred.
Although we desperately need a big mountain snow pack this year to fill the Yakima River's reservoirs, it was good for this stream to swell with winter water.  Skwalla stonefly nymphs that had been forming along the banks during the month were thrust into the system along with a host of other aquatic invertebrates.  Native Whitefish continue to perform spawning activity throughout the system as well.
With a cooler, drier climate we are now experiencing, the Yakima is on another quick drop and in good fishing condition.  However, more precipitation is predicted over the next couple of days, so we will anxiously await and see in which form it comes in...rain or snow?
We hope everyone had a peaceful and happy holiday season.  Happy New Year to all!

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