Important Updates

March 26, 2015

Reminder - Red's Rendezvous April 25th - 10 am

You'll be seeing a lot of these!  You can learn more on our Events page by clicking here,  Set the day aside, we have commitments from some of the best folks in the industry and the Pacific Northwest to come teach you the skills necessary to put trophy fish on the bank!  Plus, you might win some cool gear just for showing up.  Our retail shop manager, Larry, is planning a major sidewalk sale with awesome deals on all of last year's closeout models.   There will be some deep discounts!

The magazine Northwest Fly Fishing, many of you are loyal subscribers, is now an event sponsor and will giving away some annual subscriptions.  Also, Steve Maeder that works for this publication happens to be a local bass and warmwater guru and will be putting on a "how to" clinic for anglers that want to slay some Largemouth in eastern Washington this spring.  This is just one of MANY great seminars that you'll see.  Events will be indoors at Canyon River Lodge and outdoors on the Red's/Canyon River Ranch property along the river.  The spey casting clinics and opportunities to pull on your waders and cast a variety of rods is amazing.  Lots of graphite to choose from on this day.  There will never be a more fun and convenient time to try and buy a spey or switch rod.

This picture is right out in front of Red's where our spey and switch clinics will be during the Red's Rendezvous April 25th

Yakima River Fishing Forecast

Spring kicked off with blazing sunshine here most of March.  Finally over the past 48 hours we have gotten a more familiar blast of weather and even got some snow in the mountains.  Yes, snow.  The frozen white stuff.  It rained hard on the foothills and we're starting to see a slight rise in the river flow today but the fishing should still be decent. In fact, it can be VERY GOOD on the start of a rise.  This is a time when nymphs are encouraged to free drift and migrate.  they can't travel or relocate themselves in the river very effectively when it is low and clear so they take this opportunity to surf and glide their way into a fresh holding position. As the water temperature and season changes they'll need to make adjustments.  A soft rise is a great time to do that.  

It appears that the Lower Canyon is going to be in tough shape this weekend but hopefully it remains fishable.  If you have a guided trip scheduled with us, have no fear.  The guides are watching what the river is doing and will be in touch if we need to make any scheduling adjustments. The forecast appears very dismal at first glance, but the overall peak is still within a fishable volume so it will just depend on the color of the water.  Here is a link to a flow forecast.  It suggests Monday/Tuesday next week are going to be ugly but mid week next week should be on fire as the river drops in.  Keep in mind that this is just a prediction.  We have seen this so far off it makes us think somebody's 4 year old with blue and red crayons is drawing these sometimes.

Yakima Canyon Marathon - Saturday March 28th

Be sure you know about the Yakima Canyon Marathon that will close the road to Red's on Saturday.  If you have a class with us or a guided trip, make sure to give yourself some extra time to get through and you'll need to pick up a recreation pass at Flying J truck stop near Exit 109 of I-90 in Ellensburg.  They'll have the road blocked but you can get through the patrol men with one of these passes and a smile.  Don't run over anyone.

Steelhead Fisheries to close on the upper Columbia River, tributaries - March 31st

Here is an update from WDFW.  You have a few more days to chase metalheads on these rivers.  Thanks to rain and warm weather they are running high anyway so you probably aren't missing much if you don't make it.  

Action: Closure of steelhead and whitefish fishing on the upper Columbia River including the Wenatchee, Entiat, Methow, Okanogan, and Similkameen rivers.

Species affected: Steelhead and whitefish.

Effective dates: One hour after official sunset on March 31, 2015.


1.) Mainstem Columbia River: From Rock Island Dam upstream to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam.

2.) Wenatchee River: From the mouth to the Wenatchee River 400 feet below Tumwater Dam, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam.

3.) Entiat River: From the mouth to approximately ? mile upstream to a point perpendicular with the intersection of the Entiat River Road and Hedding Street.

4.) Methow River: From the mouth to the confluence of the Chewuch River in Winthrop.

5.) Okanogan River: From the mouth to the Highway 97 Bridge in Oroville.

6.) Similkameen River: From the mouth to 400 feet below Enloe Dam.

Reason for action: The season is closed to minimize impacts to spawning steelhead.

Information contact: Travis Maitland, District 7 Fish Biologist (Wenatchee), (509) 665-3337; Ryan Fortier, Methow-Okanogan District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316; Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager (Ephrata), (509) 754-4624, ext. 224.