Blog & Fishing Reports

Joe Rotter Hooked Up Using TJ Hooker Fly

Last week we reviewed "What Big River Trout Actually Eat" with a video featuring crawfish, stonefly nymphs, and sculpin.  This week we want to teach you a really great way to imitate these critters that live on and near the bottom and show you a fly that can do it all...

sonic spey and hohbo steelhead snake river

I realize this is techy stuff for many of you, but I am certain that some of this information will be incredibly helpful to a few of you hoping to have a "one rod to rule them all" spey rod quiver for your Steelhead, Salmon, and Trophy Trout game.  If...

stonefly nymph deep cleaner

Trout are constantly hunting stonefly nymphs because they are big, protein packed, and available year-round in almost all western streams.  Stonefly nymphs spend 2-4 years as a nymph before migrating to the shoreline and hatching into an adult. Anglers should be well outfitted with a variety of sizes and colors...

Euro Leader Building Materials and ESN Leader

You can easily do better than a factory tied Euro Nymphing Leader. While these are a fine start as you are dipping into the sport, haha, it's easy to build a leader that is more effective and more fun to fish with.  Feel free to deviate as it makes sense...

yarndicator system new zealand strike indicator

  I have modified this rig over the years, but it's basically remained the same for the past 15.  I'll take shortcuts to shave time sometimes while I'm rigging up a client, but if I were fishing for a million bucks and need...

wading the yakima river canyon summer

With so many anglers jumping into "direct line nymphing" or Euro nymphing, also called about 10 other names, it feels like anglers are misunderstanding how strike indcators can be an advantage. Listen to this podcast and check out the video to learn more about using the right indicator, at the...

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Bogey (Nymph Ninja) and I got the chance to sneak out on the water before headed to work this morning. While the temps remained below freezing and we had to clear ice from the guides a handful of time we can both agree, time spent fishing is time well spent. ...

Joe Rotter Wade Fishing Late Fall November Euro Nymph

As the days get shorter, the bite window on the Yakima River shortens as well.  This works in the angler's favor! The best action of the day from now till ice-up, is between 12 pm and 4 pm. You won't miss much in the morning hours as the fish tend...

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...

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