Yakima River Fishing Report – January 23rd, 2021

Things have been a bit chilly lately, but overall the fishing has been steady! Nymphing has been the most consistent with some streamer action mixed in. Stick to walking speed water around 3 to 6 feet deep, use split shot if you need it. They haven’t been super leader shy, so feel free to throw 3x to your top nymph, and 4x to your bottom bug.

As far as flies go, stonefly nymphs, small pheasant tails and worms have been the most consistent. They haven’t been super picky about the stones, anything ranging from a size 10 to a 6. For streamers, leechy patterns like bou faces, woolly buggers and simple goat leeches fished on the swing have been the most effective, especially with trout spey.

As we look to this cold weather coming in next week, fish will tend to eat a lot of midgey, buggy flies fished beneath a stone. Small pheasant tails are a great option, but brassies and wd40’s fish great as well. Size 16-20 tends to be the best range during the cold weather.


1.) San Juan Worm – Pink, Red, Fl. Red, Brown – Size 8

2.) Pat’s Stone – Black, Black/Brown, Brown, Olive/Brown, Tan/Brown – Size 10 – 6

3.)Tungstone – Black, Brown – Size 10-6

4.) Double Bead Stone – Peacock, Black – Size 10-6

1.) Dirty Jig – Olive, Tan – Size 16-18

2.) Brassie – Copper, Red – Size 16-20

3.) Little Brown Bug – Size 16-18

4.) WD40 – Wine, Olive, Black – Size 18-20

5.) Quasimodo Pheasant Tail – Size 16-18

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