Fishing Report 2021
Yakima River: Dry fly fishing has been good with the summer flows now gone! It will be wade-able from here on out. Oct caddis and terrestrials/attractor patterns will be the ticket for most of the remainder of summer/fall. Instead of imitating one bug keep it impressionistic. Bugs ranging from craneflies to caddis are hatching so there is plenty of variety and the fish generally are not too picky . Nymph wise keep it simple, small dark mixed with larger stones or worms. Caddis pupas in green and amber #14-16 area good droppers to have this time of the year along with a small mayfly nymph of your choice. When in doubt chuck it to the bank and strip or swing a streamer in dark colors or with a hot bead as salmon start to drop eggs. Fall is the most exciting season the Yak!
Puget Sound: The sound is fishing well with plenty of coho and pinks to chase. SRC (sea run cutts) will also be hanging out doing there thing but people tend to focus more on salmon. Pattern wise baitfish and shrimp/squid will always be the main sources of food. For salmon you can size up a bit to #2-#6 but for cutts 4# This time of year we experience better tides so take advantage of that. Not much on specifics this time of the year but cover lots of water and cut your losses if your not seeing fish within an hour of being on the beach.
Westside Lakes: Most lowland lakes will be better come fall for trout but these same lakes usually have good warm water species to chase all summer. Local area lakes are planted in winter/spring and are fun early season, here’s a link to explore what lakes have been planted https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports/stocking/trout-plants/all. The lakes that are not planted yet will still have decent opportunities but they tend to be slower as the numbers of fish are much lower in our naturally reproducing lakes. Chironomids, leeches and baitfish will be the most common food sources this time of year with midges being up to 90% of a trouts diet in certain still waters.
Eastside lakes: The Basin lakes are done until fall due to high water temps. We'll start fishing them again by the end of Sept. Think warm water species if you want to fish any of the basin or eastern WA waters.
Snoqualmie Forks: The forks are in shape and recent rain has helped! No need to get hung up on patterns as much as covering water correctly and getting out and exploring new water during these warmer days. The dry fly fishing is in full swing now, but leeches, and a box of attractor nymphs is all one needs to be dangerous on the forks. A smaller chubby in any color from red to black or the classics like a black gnat will a produce.
Bass/Warm-water: Bass fishing and the like have been fishing well with our stabilized temps. lots of fish still in the shallows and heavy structure. We have good warm water fishing in most of all our local lowland lakes including carp, bass, and tiger musky so now is the time hit them until the end of fall. Call the shop for info on whats working and where to go.
Olympic Peninsula: It's a good time to get out and explore the coast for trout and salmon. Leave the few summer steelhead alone and focus on the rivers, and high lakes. Like all west coast anadromous fish stocks the OP is experiencing significant run loss and severely depressed fish populations. At this point as anglers we need to fish for these fish in manners and ways that greatly reduce our impact on them. Getting your “one fish for the day” is a great way to look at it. If you hook up and or land a fish hang it up for the day and take pictures, work on your cast, explore a new area etc. anything but continuing to pressure these fish after you get one is just greedy. Giving them a chance to spawn and thrive is what is needed and hooking as many of these beautiful fish in a day is just plain careless and causes fish to not spawn and prematurely return to the ocean. Here is a link to the most up to date run sizes and info: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/score/score/species/steelhead.jsp?species=Steelhead
Pass Lake: Chironomids, leeches, and baitfish patterns presented down deep on a full sinker or deep on an indicator rig are good bets this time of year. The browns are always looking for meat to chase and the rainbows will be eating midges all spring to stay fat. Good time for a spin around the lake in your float tube. Think low numbers but the possibility at some of the biggest fish of the season.
Puget Sound steelhead: A few summers around but mostly a trout show with the SRC (sea run cutts) showing right now through November.
Skagit System: We will see what 2022 brings for our steelhead. Same rules apply here though pertaining to etiquette and fishing pressure. If somebody is in a run move above them or wait until they sufficiently move far enough down the run to start in above them. If you do go below somebody make sure you are 100 yards well below them before you start fishing. Most runs are not this long but some are 200 yards plus and in these cases it is not considered rude to step in well below (100+ yards ) of the angler. If the run is less than 100 yards wait at the top to start. Stay positive, be a steward of our resource, and remember to keep your impact minimal. https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_freshwater.j
Montana: This hot summer slowed things down but there is still plenty of water to explore. Colder temps and rain will help improve the fishing. We are well versed in the waters of Montana; from the Clark Fork to the bighorn we know a thing or two. Stop on in as we can get you setup for a trip anywhere out west. Check out these reports for the Beaverhead and Bighorn https://www.sunriseflyshop.com/montana-fishing-reports/
Alpine Lakes: It's time to explore the high lakes. A good box of terrestrial dries and leeches are all one needs to find success on our local alpine lakes. Remember to adhere to leave no trace principals when you spend time in our back country.