Yakima River, WA
Quick Facts and Pricing
- All Year
- Ideal Flows
- Full day 8-9 hours fishing time
Half day 4-5 hours fishing time
- From Seattle
- 1 1/2 – 2 hours
- $495 Full day float trip, 1-2 anglers
$425 Full day walk and wade, 1-2 anglers
$325 Half day walk and wade, 1-2 anglers
$75 additional for 3rd angler
Prices do not include WA state sales tax
- Native West Slope Cutthroat
The Yakima River slowly meanders its way from its headwaters atop Snoqualmie Pass, through Cle Elum towards the city of Yakima. The stretch known best to fly anglers is from Easton Dam to Roza Dam which in 1990 and 1991 was designated as a catch and release wild rainbow trout fishery. This stretch of river flows through both scenic canyon and farmland sections continually reminding anglers of the beauty of this sport we love.The Yakima is open all year and can at times offer some great dry fly fishing for wild rainbows and in the upper reaches native Westslope Cutthroat. The “Yak” as it is referred to by nearly everyone in the state is really the only year around dedicated fly fishing/artificial lure river managed as such in the entire state of Washington so it bears at times some heavy angling pressure.
Typically beginning in February Skwala stoneflies begin to appear followed shortly after or at times simultaneously by a strong Baetis/Blue Winged Olive hatch. As with most tailwater fisheries this marks the start of what can be an exciting dry fly season with PMD’s, caddis and some Salmonflies taking us into the summer season.
Come mid June, the Yakima is used for irrigation water for the agricultural mecca of the Yakima Valley where all forms of produce and wines are grown and produced. During this time water flows are quite high, weather is generally hot with considerable wind and nymphing is the game for much of the day. August will bring a mild hopper season and once the river recedes back down to fall and winter flows of 1500cfs or less, the dry flies are back on until about mid November.Winter can be quite cold leaving few anglers to pursue these fish and flows are often very low making easy walk and wade water access from top to bottom of the Yakima.