Summer flows have hit and its time for dries! Stoneflies are out with the nymphs crawling towards the bank. These big bugs can be hit or miss on the Yak but generally the hatch moves from the lower river up. large brown, golden, black or purple nymphs or dries tucked against the back will find the hungry fish. Drakes in brown and grey form might be a possbility too. Caddis pupa and adults are always on the menu so having a few black/green and tan/black in #12-16 are a must. Beatis will still be around so keep a few in the box. Terrestrial dries will come out soon as it gets hot and irrigation flows increase.
Even if you are a dry fly or die guy bring some streamers but nothing too big and swing these on tips. Run-off/irrigation season has started so when you see a bump in flows grab a San Juan Worm. Fish it in eddies and soft, slow water where fish can rest out of the main current or where dirty and clear water converge.
Larger fish looking to get fat for summer will be snacking on meaty offerings like sculpin and crawdad imitations. In the cold water stick to a drift and twitch presentation instead of the erratic, fast strip. As the water temps rise you can increase your speed and agressiveness.
The water in the lower canyon warms up quicker than the upper river so it generally will get the bug party going first. The Cle Elum area can put out some fatties in early spring but action is less consistent.
Dries: #12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #12-16 Rio's Double body Caddis, #12-18 Purple haze, #8-12 Green/Brown Drake, #8-10 Chernobyl Salmon fly, #4-8 Gorilla and Bighair Salmon flies, #16-18 BWO Sparkle Flag, #16-18 BWO Sparkle Dun, #18-22 midges in various colors from black to tan.
Streamers: String Leeches, Sculpzillas and Dolly Llamas, Buggers. Anything 2"-3" long with lots of movement will illicit a strike. White and red are good colors to play with as well.
Nymphs : #4-12 T.J hooker, #16-18 Psycho May, #6-10 Pat's Stone, #6-10 San Juan Worms, #16-20 Flashback Pheasant Tail, #16-18 Hares Ear, #14-18 Lightning bug, #14-16 Wybie Hares Ear, #16-18 Oilve Purdy John. Any of the afore mentioned in tungsten jig head are very effective in addition to standar versions. #18-22 Zebra Midge.
Remember not to crowd as we dont want to have our waters closed again! Call the shop for more fly suggestions and places to wade the river!
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Reported Friday, June 12, 2020, 3:55 pm
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River will get low soon if flows don't bump so your best chance at a bigger fish is now as they tend to migrate out with warmer lower flows. This last high water event changed a lot of the river, this is a good thing. Start with a streamer, double stone rig or a worm dropper in addition. Mouse patterns or a skated caddis/cranefly should not be over looked and don't be afraid to experiment. Streamers and bigger meals early, then switch to smaller terrestrials (ants, beetles, bees, etc) later in July, general nymphs work well here P.T, Hares ear, #6-14 etc. Most westside rainbows and cutts feed heavily on smolt, sculpin, crayfish, and small baitfish so if your not having luck with nymphs and dries go to the meatbox lad!
Poaching is a problem on the Cedar and if you encounter it call WDFW poaching hotline 1-877-933-9847.
Cedar river access map https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/watersheds/cedar-river-lake-wa/cedar-river-public-access.aspx
Stay up to date on boating hazzards in our King Co waters here; https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/boating/rivers.aspx
Reported Sunday, July 5, 2020, 11:08 am
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Flows are good, time for dries and wet wading! These fish aren't sophisticated so have fun with patterns. Go high or low as fish are spread out or spreading out for summer at the moment. Just about any technique you prefer will produce on the forks when it's summer and hatches are popping. The hatches generally move from lower river to upstream with terrestrials being your biggest source of surface food.
A well presented nymph rig will usually produce along with brushy dries in summer. Small streamers will turn heads and you might find a larger specimen. Try dead drifting and slow swinging a baby Sculpzilla or bugger.
Dries: Purple Haze # 14-18, Rubberlegged Stimulator #10-14, Royal Humpies #12-16, Royal Wulff #12-16, Parachute Adams #12-18, Elk Hair Caddis #14-18. Keep it simple here as our dry fly game isn't too sophsticated in western wa.
Streamers: String leeches, sculpzillas and Dolly Llamas, Buggers. Anything 1.5"-2" long with lots of movement will illicit a strike. Chuck it across or slightly upstream with a sink tip and let it ride.
Nymphs: YB Hares Ear #12-16, Pheasant Tails #16-20, Copper John varying colors #16-20, Zebra Midge #18-22, Pschyo May #18-20.
Reported Sunday, July 5, 2020, 11:09 am
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Need help planning a trip? Summer is prime time be out west and enjoy some of the best hatches of the season. We are well versed in fishing Montana so we can always help. Time to get out and explore as the rivers are in shape. The mighty MO (Missouri river) has been fishing well. It always produces early and late with consistent hatches. Great time to get out for some midge and BWO dry fly action. The Bitteroot and the whole Clark fork valley are great to explore as are the Yellowstone and Missouri tribs. PMD's, trico's, hoppers, salmon flies, small stones, caddis, and streamers are the usual suspects. The MO is a great place to swing soft hackles and leeches/streamers with the two hander. Grab the spey rod and go!
South West Montana Fishing Reports:http://www.sunriseflyshop.com/montana-fishing-reports/
Reported Sunday, July 5, 2020, 11:12 am
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West and Eastside Lowland Lakes
Eastside lakes: Basin lakes are starting to become too warm so get out ASAP and enjoy before it gets too hot! Rocky Ford is a good back up option if the wind gets too bad. Leeches, streamers, scuds, calibeatis, and midges are the name of the game. Get the slip bobber and long leader out and rig two or three chrinomids depending on your casting abilty.
Westside lakes: Warmer temps are here, which will trigger the the Chrinomids to start hatching in force follwed by damsels and callibeatis. Rattlesnake lake is always worth a shot at any time in the season. Same rules apply here leeches, baitfish, and midges will be on the menu. Get your floating and sinking line out to start covering some water. Stocking of lowland lakes usually occur in late Feb-Mar for both sides of the state. Keep up to date on the weekly stocking report from WDFW. https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?orderby=StockDate
Reported Sunday, July 5, 2020, 11:31 am
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Topwater is here to stay but keep the verticle presentation handy. Smallies will be first to eat on top but stay near the bottom for the bigger large mouths as most fish will be in or around their spawing beds. Bull frog larvae and crayfish are big meals this time of the year. Sammamish will warm up quicker than Lake Washington as a general rule. Look for bass to be in shallower water/warmer temp contours with heavy structure but access to feeding shoals and drop offs etc. Smallies like to suspended on underwater humps, ledges, and rock piles. Don't be afraid to fish in 10-30' of water either. These fish can and do go deep at times.
Cover those lily pads, docks, submerged timber and anywhere with heavy structure. Think smaller natural stuff on the pressured areas but jiggy and leggy are the name of the game. Bullfrog tadpoles, salamanders, crayfish, and juvenille salmonids are common and can be a big food item. Perch or stickleback colored patterns in Lake Washington are eaten by just about anything including big trout.
When targeting smallies look for rip rap structure, wood, or underwater humps to hold fish as their favorite food crayfish likes big rocky areas to hide. Smallies tend to do better early and later on with colder temps as largemouth prefer warmer water and a hard bottom to spawn on. Look for sunning carp and target them with a carp candy or something small and natural with rubber legs.
Reported Sunday, July 5, 2020, 11:31 am
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Summer time on the sound shouldn't be missed. Lots of fish migrating into its fertile waters bringing with them extra biomass and life! This means lots of concentrated food in places. Resident coho should be out with cutts and be a litlle bigger after feeding all winter. South sound is a good area to explore for them. Lots of baitfish around (herring, surf smelt, and sandlance) with salmon fry to add to the mix. North sound cutthroat will mostly head for the large rivers to stay through winter- june, but the south sound fish will stay out to party and then head into their natal streams Feb-Mar to spawn.
Cutthroat tend to concentrate on oyster beds and eel grass flats, cobblestone and rocky bottoms but avoid mud mostly. Look for water with lots of structure and a depth of no more than 20'. Most of the fishing takes place in under 10' of water. Saltwater sculpin species are popular food in colors ranging from olive to gray. Sculpins are spiny so cutts may tend to hit/stun them, then come back around to finish them. If you notice lots of short strikes pause and let that fly sit to see if they come back. Marine worms (polychaete) are a pattern to always keep in your box and when they spawn it can be good fishing. A floating line or full intermediate and a small baitfish pattern is all you need. Remember to watch your tides, two hours before or after the tide changes are a good rule of thumb.
Salmon tend to follow consistent migratory patterns and utilize the shoreline for navigation. These areas can be well known or secret but all are seasonal. Points, large drops, and areas with access to deep water will all be areas they like to call home and or travel through. Earlier fish tend to head for the south sound and later fish tend to be northern sound fish. with their natal streams being north of Seattle.
Streamers: RIO's just keep swimming #4, Seth's sand eel #4 (dark or light), Clouser minnows in chartreuse, blue, pink, and white (#4-8), Baitfish poppers are also worth a shot to see what's around and feeding. Sea habits and deceivers in smaller sizes will imitate the herring and sandlance. Colder months we tend to use smaller patterns summer. Shock N' Awes #6 in olive/white, chartreuse/white, and pink/white are another good one to never leave home without. Keep it simple on the sound and cover as much water as possible. In late winter never leave home without chum/pink fry in your box.
Reported Sunday, July 5, 2020, 1:27 pm
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Pass and Lone Lakes
Lots of chrinomids but the damsels are out hatching too! Fishing two flies or three of varying size and color is always a good way to figure out what they are keying in on. You might see a few callibeatis too. We also at times see a flying ant hatch but it varies. As we progress into summer and warm up, balance leeches/streamers suspended under an indicator and stripped slowly along weedbeds/structure is another option and gets better as the beds grow. Keep moving if your not hooking anything in one particular area. Take a deep 6 sinking line and hug the bottom with a crayfish pattern or leech. Keep that floating line handy though as you will need it for streamers and chironomids. Get those streamers out now!
Chironomids: Ice cream cones #14-18 in assorted colers, Doubled bead chrinomids #10-16, Halo midge #18, Double didget midge #14-18, Zebra midges #16-20, Kent Witlits #10-16, Chans chromie #12-18.
Streamers: Red nosed dace #4-8, Black nosed dace #4-8, Mickey finn #4-8, White wooly buggers #4-8, Balance leech (varying colors) #6-12.
Reported Sunday, July 5, 2020, 1:27 pm
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Run-off has subsided in most peninsula streams. Time for trout on the peninsula with salmon showing all summer into fall! Lakes will be your best bet with most moving water opeing up by June and in shape by July. Watch your flows and weather and plan accordingly. Check your regulations as the ONP regulations may differ. Be sure to be around after a good rain as flows drop. Sea run cutts and bull trout are great species to target with 3wt-5wt rods. These fish will move with big tidal pushes and bumps in flows. Feed them some small streamers or waking flies. Lots of fishing to be done all year, from alpine lakes too little creeks and big glacial fed rivers the coast has it all. Bring your rain jacket, no expectations, bear spray, a good map and an attitude to explore.
With so few wild fish left we need to fish in manners which don't put constant pressure on them. Methods that allow the fish to move actively to the fly greatly reduce the pressure on non-biting or non active fish and hopefully allow more fish to spawn. Steelhead fishing is not a numbers game and trying to catch as many in a day is harmful to the resource. Limiting your impact and swinging flies is a great way to find fish. Get out of the boat stretch those legs and remind yourself why you are here. To see current info on run size and timing visit here: https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/score/score/species/steelhead.jsp?species=Steelhead
Dries: Summer will be here soon! Caddis #12-16, October caddis #6-10, Midges in varying colors/sizes #18-24, small terrestrials (ants, beetles, crane flies, bees, black flies) #12-18, and large terrestrials (hoppers, crickets, flying termites, spiders) #4-8.
Streamers: String leeches, sculpzillas, Dolly Llamas, Buggers, reverse spiders. Anything 1.5"-2" long with lots of movement will illicit a strike. Chuck it across or slightly upstream with a sink tip and let it ride.
Nymphs: October caddis #12-14, Bird of prey caddis #6, YB hares ear #12-16, Pat's Stone #6-10, San Juan Worms, Pheasant tails #16-20, Hares ears #16-20 in tungsten jig head or standard versions, Copper johns varying colors #16-20, Zebra midge #18-22, Kauffman's stone golden/tan #8-12, Pschyo mays #18-20.
Reported Sunday, July 5, 2020, 1:28 pm
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Skagit & Sauk
There will be NO C&R season due to low forecasted steelhead returns https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/catch-and-release-steelhead-fishery-will-not-open-skagit-sauk-rivers-amid-projected-low. We are still in limbo as to a spring 2021 C&R season.
Be sure to also watch https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/erules/ for emergency closures and updates on the season. WDFW budget was not fully funded this fiscal year, putting this C&R season in jeopardy. Remember to voice your opinion to your local state representative and show them you care about our fish and rivers! We as recreational anglers pay the most but also stand to loose the most. With so few wild fish left we need to fish in manners which don't put constant pressure on them. Methods that allow the fish to move actively to the fly greatly reduce the pressue on non-biting or non active fish and hopfully allow more fish to spawn. Steelhead fishing is not a numbers game and trying to catch as many in a day is harmful to the resource. Limiting your impact and swinging flies is a great way to find fish. Get out of the boat stretch those legs and remind yourself why you are here.
Reported Sunday, July 5, 2020, 1:29 pm
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Run-off is in full effect so those high lakes will be mostly ice free by the first week of July. Lakes under 3k in elevation should be ice free now or close. Basins in the 3k-6k elevation won't likely be open until late June into July. Hatches for this summer; october caddis, spruce moths, crane flies, traveling sedge, midges, beatles, bees, carpenter ant, termites, mixed mayfly species and callibaetis are all possible depending on the lake. Skate a Goddard caddis in the evening if you see large sedges. Get those buggers and beetles ready for gin clear water and hungry cutthroat or goldens. A short 3wt or 4wt is a great tool for these waters. A box of balance leeches, foam beattles/ants, scuds, callabeatis nymphs (gray soft hackle), hoppers and sedges of varying sizes will be all you need. Remember the old saying "Pack out what you pack in" and check out WDFW alpine lake fishing planner for locations to explore: https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/locations/high-lakes/overabundant
Dries: Caddis #12-16, October caddis #6-10, Midges in varying colors/sizes #18-24, small terrestrials (ants, beetles, crane flies, bees, black flies, spruce moths) #12-18, and large terrestrials #4-8.
Streamers: Balance leeches #8-12 (varying colors), Wooly buggers #8-10 (varying colors). Keep it simple!
Nymphs: October caddis #12-14 ,YB hares ear #12-16, Midges #18-20, Soft hackles gray/natural #12-18, Carey special #8-12, Six pack #8-12.
Reported Saturday, June 13, 2020, 12:23 pm
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