The Caddis are Coming Fishing Report
May can be a challenging time to be a stream fisherman, a rewarding time to be a lake fisherman, and overall a good time to be a fisherman! Warm weather and sunshine can mean early season runoff on the Yakima, but we're not complaining! There are tons of opportunities to wet a line depending on what you are into. If you have never tried stillwater fishing before, why not give it a go at one of the many local lakes that are open to anglers and fishing well? Or you could head to the sound and get some salt on those waders casting and stripping flies for hungry sea run cutthroat. Don't waste this opportunity to get out and soak in some sunshine!
HEY! YOU! Send in photos of fish you've captured and we will put them on our website in our Catch of the Week section. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org Bonus points for a Creekside hat. Here are a few more for your perusal.
#1 Gary Kocher sent us this pic of a dandy he landed during a fishing trip on Whidbey Island.
#2 There have been some great fish coming out of the Puget Sound this season! Our head guide Chris Senyohl sent us this pic of this bruiser cutty.
#3 Chris had a great guide season out on the Olympic Peninsula. Steelhead are never a guarantee, but its sure nice to fish with someone who can pu the odds in your favor!
For more pics and updated fly tying instruction/videos check out our blog here.
The Yakima is on its way up and with temps in the high 80's predicted for the weekend odds are that trend will continue. The river has been running clear however, and the hatches of stoneflies, caddis and march browns have been escalating. Make sure to check flows before you head over, and if you do go bring plenty of larger stonefly nymphs and bright green caddis pupae imitations. Bob from the shop fished yesterday and said they worked hard but caught a handful of decent sized fish on nymphs. Stomach contents pumped from a couple fish showed that caddis pupae are definitely on the menu! With the warmer temperatures predicted for the weekend lookout for the adults to pop. Flies to try are: Parachute March Brown (12-14), D&D March Brown Cripple (12-14), X-Caddis (12-16), Rubber Legged stonefly (4-8), BH Pheasant Tail nymph #14-20, Lightning Bug Pearl #12-16, Lime Copper John (16-20), Prince Nymph (12-16), Silvey's Pupa (12-16), Sculpzilla (4-8), Sheila Sculpin (4), Beldar (2-8), Slap & Tickle (4).
The general lake opener was last weekend and reports were good for fishing in the local lakes. Fishing was particularly good in Beaver Lake, where fish were eating hale bopp leeches and buggers trolled and stripped. Rattlesnake has been fair with chironomids in 12-15 feet of water although fishing has not been as hot as it was a few weeks ago. Pass and Lone lake seem to be experiencing similar so-so fishing. Most of the fish are being caught in the deeper water (10-15') on suspended chironomids.
Flies to try: Hale Bopp Leech (8-10), Peacock Carey (8-10), Wooley Buggers (8-10), Ice Cream Cone (10-16), Holo Cironomid (10-16), Chironocones (10-16), Knobel Chironomids (10-16).
Our head guide Chris Senyohl was out for several days with clients last week and reported having some pretty great action in the South Sound. The cutthroat are still feeding heavily on chum fry so make sure that your fly patterns match the food source. Keep in mind that those little guys grow quickly and size your fly accordingly. As we roll into spring and bright skies become more common pay attention to the light levels when you fish. Cutthroat aren't big on feeding during broad daylight, so with the sunny weather forecasted for the coming week try to time your trips so that you can be out during low light conditions. If the tides (or your schedule) don't cooperate, try fishing a slow sinking line or weighted fly to get your fly down deeper.
*For those of you who are new to beach fishing and want to give it a go, we offer guided beach fishing trips as well as trips out of the boat with our head guide Chris Senyohl. For more info on these trip visit our shop or give us a call at 425-392-3800*
Flies To Try: Chum Baby, Chumpy Fry, Lord of the Fry, Wests Imitator, Foul Free Herring, Seth's Sand Lance,Rolled Muddlers, Wooley Buggers, Miyawaki Poppers, Clouser Minnows.
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