Fishing Report 2021
JULY - AUG
Yakima River: Dry fly fishing has been good with the summer flows in full effect. It will be high through summer as usual so keep presentations close to the bank and tight under cover. We received over 140% snow pack this year so expect longer periods of high flows. Chubbys are working well, but caddis and terrestrials/attractor patterns will be the ticket most of summer. Nymph wise keep it simple, small dark mixed with larger stones or worms while the river is experiencing its summer flows. Caddis pupas in green and amber #14-16 area good droppers to have this time of the year. When in doubt chuck it to the bank and keep it simple.
Puget Sound: South sound is fishing well with the north sound looking to pick up as the Salmon show up in fishable numbers about now through September. Pink salmon will be the main attraction this summer, they tend to show up around the start of august. 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 warmwater species to chase all summer. Local area lakes have been planted recently 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.
Eastside lakes: The Basin lakes are done until Fall due to high water temps. We'll start fishing them again in the Fall
Snoqualmie Forks: The forks are in shape and fishing well! Don’t 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.
Bass/Warm-water: We have good warm water fishing in most of all our local lowland lakes including carp and tiger musky so now is the time hit them. 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 m,ostly a trout show
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 heat is slowing things down but there is still plenty of water to explre. 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.