October 10th, 2018 – Yakima River Fishing Report

The Yakima is fishing great right now with lots of fish still eating on the surface. They’re still going after October Caddis but we’ve also noticed quite a few fish eating BWO’s. Fishing a double dry has been effective with an orange stimulator or PMX as thr top fly, and then a BWO dry behind it, such as a Sparkle Dun, Parachute Adams, or Purple Haze. Keeping your top dry a size 10 or 8, and you bottom dry could be anywhere from a size 14 to an 18. A soft hackle dropper off a dry has also been effective.

If you get stuck fishing on a rainy day and can’t get away with fishing dries, then nymphing two small nymphs has been the most effective. A large (size 10 or 12) Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, or Copper John as the top fly, and a small tungsten jig fly, or any of the previously mentioned flies in a size 16 or 18 as the dropper. Stick to fishing riffley water rather than the deep slow pools, and you can pretty much keep the indicator at about 3 feet deep all day.

Please make sure you watch your step wading the river, any light patch of gravel could be a salmon redd so make sure you steer clear!


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