Yakima River Report // Hoppers - August 7th, 2020

August 7, 2020

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 hatches for the season have come and gone. While trout will still eat a nymph pattern, there isn't enough aquatic biomass to satisfy their appetite.  Right now they are foraging on hoppers and other terrestrials near the shoreline to fill their bellies.  

The river is high, tough to wade, and the trout are living primarily up under the cutbanks along the shoreline. This makes casting from a moving boat the hot strategy and our guides are covering 10-19 miles per day asking their anglers to push flies up agains the banks tight to the salad.  Many trout are living under the grassy edges foraging for hoppers.  It seems to be a good year so far!  The trout are smart however so plan to work hard and earn your bites.  It's fun, rewarding, and will be a memorable day of action.

Hopper Tip for Fishing TIGHT to the Grass

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