Around the steel no tortur'd worm shall twine, No blood of living insect stain my line; Let me, less cruel, cast the feather'd hook, With pliant rod athwart the pebbled brook, Silent along the mazy margin stray, And with the fur-wrought fly delude the prey.  John Gay 1720
Hidden in the lush, brushy, back country of Eastern Washington's wheat fields, lies an desert oasis of beautiful trout streams.  Thriving within these arid region waterways, lives a variety of game fish.  Several species of trout which include, Rainbows, German Browns, Cutt-Bows, Cutthroats and the occasional Brooke Trout can all be found throughout these desert creeks.  The fish here average 8 to15 inches, while others top the scale and grow massive, boasting body weight exceeding six pounds.
Warm water temperatures throughout the year produce tremendous insect activity and the trout in these back country creeks grow very rapidly.  Midges, Mayflies, Caddisflies and Stoneflies make up a majority of the trout feed thriving within the streams.  Many of these species will hatch throughout the year.
Desert Information
Fly Fishing Only Regulation
Catch & Release
Open Year Round
Scuds and leeches are a viable commodity the entire year and an important food organism here.  Their existence in these small, streams most likely numbers in the millions.  Lush, thick green grasses grow up along the banks in many areas of these temperate little streams, so terrestrial life flourishes here.  During the warm months of summer, Grasshoppers, ants and beetles in a variety of colors and sizes are an important part of the food chain.  They are a highly preferred food source, especially when the hot stagnate desert sun is blistering across the Columbia Basin.

 

Desert Creeks Aquatic Food Forms

 

The Dark Olive Scud
Blue Wing Olive Pale Morning Dun Hoppers Scud Crayfish Yellow Sally
One other important aquatic food element in these small chain of desert streams is the Crayfish.  These small, fragile trout retreats that meander across the central portion of our state are teaming with freshwater crustaceans.  The Crayfish is a highly desirable resource and trout of all sizes dine on these freshwater lobsters whenever the opportunity arises.  During specific times throughout the year, Crayfish begin a molting process and shed the outer layer of their fleshy skin.  When this occurs they become very soft, supple and highly vulnerable. Their hard shell that was once a barrier of protective armor is now easy to pierce and digest.  It is during the molting season when fishing patterns to imitate these bottom dwelling creatures can produce large size trout from these small desert streams.
 
Water flows are consistent most of the year, due to the massive lakes that surround this part of the state.  Irrigation systems for grassland farmers also envelop the area, so at times the creeks are dewatered for farming purposes.  Wading these small streams is very easy and generally recommended.  I won't kid you, this is reptile country.   Snakes and other slivering amphibious creatures live and thrive in the Eastern Washington Desert.   Chances are you won't encounter one during the day, but if you going looking for one their not hard to find.
Warm water temperatures during the late spring may cause an algae bloom and the rocks in the river can become very slick.  Wading these small streams with a good studded felt sole is highly recommended.  A light weight, shorter length fly rod is ideal and in most instances recommended, due to the excessively high, grassy banks.  If you don't own a light weight creek rod, Worley Bugger Fly Co. has several different models that are available for purchase or to rent for the day.    
This is an exciting fishery and will put your fly fishing skills to the test under it's bright sunny skies. Trout do feed on the surface throughout the day, but the bigger fish constantly gorge on sub-surface nymphs and scuds that are abundant in this system.  Feeding lies during the warm months are easy to detect.   When the water temperatures reach into the high 50's-60's, the trout become very active and move into the faster cooler water.
Worley Bugger Fly Co. offers a Professional Guided Fly-Fishing wade trip to these wonderful destinations for one and two anglers.  The day will start early at our fly shop in Ellensburg, where your guide will address the key issue of the day. Here, he will discuss and advise you on the area we will be traveling to along with flies and other accessories that will be vital for your success throughout the day.
If you enjoy fly-fishing on secluded, un-crowded waters these are some great places to spend the day.

Guided Tour Details

Cost

$450.00 per day

A minimum of two required.

All Flies Are Provided.

Streamside Lunch For Each Guest.

Transportation to and from the Desert Creeks is available at no additional cost.

  Desert Creeks  
Our professional guiding team and pro shop staff constantly monitor stream and fishing conditions throughout Central and Eastern Washington.  If you have any questions about our professional services or the many fly fishing adventures we offer, please feel free to contact us toll free-(888)-950-FISH (3474).   We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. 
We look forward to hearing from you and showing you the splendor of Washington's desert streams.
 
   

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