Blog & Fishing Reports

steve johnson trout spey yakima canyon wading

We are at the point in the year where covering lots of water becomes a disadvantage.  With 1400 trout per mile in the Yakima Canyon, try focusing your efforts on water that looks good and appears to hold trout because gues what; it is holding fish.  Work on being delicate...

wading drift boat riverside ruff fishalong

Conditions are excellent right now, especially for anglers hoping to have some DIY success here in the Yakima River Canyon. Flows are now quite low at 1,300 cfs versus July - August when the river runs at just over 4,000 cfs!  Right now it's fabulous wading with lots of easy...

Jensen Rotter Wade Fishing Nymphs in September ESN Kid Youth

Canyon Road is back open!  While the sky is hazy the Evan's Canyon Fire is finished and not producing any smoke. There are some fires further out in Eastern Washington that are sending smoke into the atmosphere so it's a bit hazy.  Fishing today was VERY good!  Boats are back...

max netting fish drift boat yakima river guide trip

Flows and Weather Links: Current River Flows at Umtanum Flow Forecast at Umtanum (this is one step above fortune telling, often not accurate!) Weather in Selah, WA Suggested Flies for This Week: Hoppers: Shop ALL Hopper Patterns  ...

drowning hopper

Flashback Friday // Hopper Tip Circa 2013 Flows and Weather Links: Current River Flows at Umtanum Flow Forecast at Umtanum (this is one step above fortune telling, often not accurate!) Weather in Selah, WA Suggested Flies for This Week: Hoppers:...

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...

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