April 30th, 2019 – Yakima River Fishing Report

The water right now is in awesome shape for wading and fishing has been pretty dang good! The March Browns have been coming off in full swing and fish are podded up and slurping them in  riffles and tailouts.

So for flies, pheasant tails have been the most consistent. We’ve even been fishing double pheasant tails at times, as well as still throwing stonefly nymphs. Bigger stones have fished well with a few salmon flies being active, but smaller tan and brown stones have also been very consistent since there are still a few skwala’s around.

For dries, anything that will imitate a March Brown in sizes 12 and 14 are the way to go. We like to throw Purple Hazes, Parachute Adams and the  Classic Western March  Brown at feeding fish. Swinging a soft hackle in to a pod of feeding fish can be effective as well.

We’ve had a couple decent reports for streamers as well since  there’s lots of smolts in the river right now. Sparkle minnows, sculpzilla’s, slumpbusters and Woolly Buggers in natural colors like olives, tans and white are the way to go. You can both swing and strip them with a sink tip, or even throw them under an indicator.

As usual, feel free to call the shop if you have any questions!


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