October 31st, 2019 – Yakima River Fishing Report

Things are starting to get a lot colder and Fall is slowly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that fishing is going to slow down! With the afternoon staying warmish, we’re still seeing BWO action on the surface, as well as some October Caddis still popping off in the late afternoon.

We like to throw a double dry set up with an October Caddis as your top bug, and a size 16 Purple Haze for the back fly. For the October, a Stimulator is a great imitation to get some fish looking up.

If you’re wading pressured water where fish are getting picky on the surface, then nymphing will be the way to go. Although we still haven’t been finding fish on stones, a size 10 or 12 orange/brown pats is a great imitation for an October Caddis and makes a great top fly. Another great top fly is a size 10 or 12 Bloody Mary, which can also be swung like a soft hackle. For a dropper, throw a small Pheasant Tail, Duracell, Assassin, Prince, or even a Brassie in sizes 16-20.

This is also one of our favorite times to bust out the trout spey and swing some streamers. We find that smaller streamers such as Woolly Buggers, Muddler Minnows and Sculpzillas tend to be the most effective this time of year. Throw on a fasting sinking polyleader and you’ll be good to go!

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