Blog & Fishing Reports

hopper fishing

At this point in the year TROUT HAVE SEEN SOME FLIES!  Try fishing hoppers that are very realistic rather than just big attractors like Chubby Chernobyls, PMX's, Stimulators, and misc. foam creations.   We are sort of at a turning point in the summer where most of the aquatic...

bob and eric yakima river drift boat trip

The river swelled up to our high, but typical, summertime flows this past week. For several days the fishing was fairly tough on both dry flies and nymphs with big particulate, sticks, and vegetation floating in the water column.  Things are now beginning to settle out and we're back on...

creek fishing ruff reds fly shop

This river has some attitude!  Flows are high, swift, and relatively cool in comparison to most big rivers across the west today. The Yakima River is special and unique due to the fact the river flows are very high in July and August when trout need water the most.  Right...

Euro Nymphing Tip  All About the DIP_Moment

High flows make for tough wade fishing, but it makes for GREAT drift boat and hopper fishing!  The Yakima River is running at summer level and "bankful' which means a lightweight wade fisherman might be whisked away in waist deep water!  There are LOTS of tubers and rafters on the...

kelly and jacob rotter creek fishing ruff 2

River flows will now make wade fishing fairly challenging on the Yakima from the top down. Whether you are in Cle Elum, or the Lower Canyon it's going to be tough on foot without a boat to access good bars and slots along the side.  Big flows make big fish...

woman and man ruff wading yakima canyon

The river has bumped up in flow to make it a tad more difficult to find good wading water.  Be selective about where you fish on foot, and plan to "dry wade" up from the shoreline with drifts at your feet.  This is a great strategy in high water and...

Yakima River Summer Stonefly Shucks

Flows are good, water is clear and stoneflies are on the move!  Fish stonefly nymphs in the fast currents and focus on dry fly fishing early in the morning and late in the evenings.  The Caddis hatch is only happening in the evenings, and the PMD hatch is now sparse...

hooked up in drift boat yakima river guided trip canyon

The Yakima continues to remain in excellent condition, in fact, many of the guides are saying its too low and clear for optimal fishing.  A GREAT problem to have, especially for DIY anglers because the low water makes the river much easier to read and interpret.  Wade fishing is a...

Yakima River Canyon

The river is in great shape!  The dry fly fishing has been surpisingly good!  Look for feeding fish on PMD's, Para Adams, and even #8 Golden Stoneflies every day starting at 2-3 pm.  The mornings have been solid on nymphs and streamers. You can also link over to a new page...

Joe Rotter Wading Yakima Canyon Summer

I am going to try and begin provide a weekly forecast for the fishing here, rather than just a glimpse at how we've been doing.  You can also link over to a new page we call the "Yakima Canyon Daily Essentials", that we started to make curbside pickup of tackle...

yakima river fishing report may 28th 2020

I am going to try and begin provide a weekly forecast for the fishing here, rather than just a glimpse at how we've been doing.  You can also link over to a new page we call the "Yakima Canyon Daily Essentials", that we started to make curbside pickup of tackle...

Podcast by Joe Rotter

I took up a public offering for some Q and A on our Instagram Story a few days ago and got some GREAT questions posted. I'll try do this about every 2-3 weeks and try to sift through them an find the most relevant topics.  You can listen right here...

kamchatka russia ozernaya river (20)

In a world that is flooded with hundreds of fly rods, choosing your first fly rod or you next fly rod is a daunting task.  There are so many choices!  Let's make the right one together.  Choosing the RIGHT fly rod for trout. The Starting Point We like...

wading drift boat riverside ruff fishalong

Hey we miss all you avid anglers that come in the shop all the time!  Well the good news is that fishing is going to open, but the bad news is that we won't be able to open the shop or start guiding yet.  Or maybe that is good news...

Bass fishing in a Watermaster boat Joe Rotter

Bass fishing is America's most popular sport.  They are found all over the country in waters both big and small.  I recorded a podcast with some very detailed information but wanted to provide a full blog post with some tips and links to the my tackle...

joe rotter euro nymphing class ruff fishalong

We help anglers from all over the world set up their Euro rods every day and the biggest questions are always about line systems and options.  While this video explains line systems well, I wanted to post an entire blog post to make things simple when it comes to rod, reel, and...

Corona Vid

We realize you have been saturated with news on the subject of Corona Virus, but feel compelled to communicate on our current business operations.  Currently our restaurant is closed but our fly shop, lodge, and outfitting services are still open with an attempt at minimizing face to face indoor contact...

Ascension Bay Feb 2020 (8)

Getting There:  We had 9 of the 12 from our group on the Alaska flight from Seattle. The 3 others all arrived before us, by the time we cleared customs they had met the drivers and were waiting with the vans. We were on the road by 6pm...

joe rotter euro nymphing instructor and guide

It's easy.  This contest is like zero effort required. To get in the game just follow @redsflyshop on Instagram.  You win either way because our team does a great job on Instagram!  On April 1st, and NO it's not an April Fool's prank, we choose a follower at random to...

Cuba Jan 2020 171

Red's 2020 Week 2:  Cuba Zapata Fishing Report I just returned from Cuba last week.  The overall weather for our week was good with lots of sun although a few afternoons got very WINDY!  This group was comprised of all repeat anglers (which is a great tribute to...

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