In a state known for steelhead and salmon, the Yakima River in
Central Washington is the state’s premier wild trout stream. Eighty five miles of water upstream to Roza Dam holds wild rainbow and insect hatches that feed them heartily.
The river is now managed for wild trout, with catch and release, and smashing barbs a must. The result has been some great fly fishing, followed by head scratchingly slow days, but that only adds to the mystique if trying to solve this fishery.
The prime fishing water begins below
Easton although the uppermost part of this stretch is hazardous and holds smaller than average trout,
River flows in, the game is on for real. The area known as ‘the flats’ is a favorite for boaters and bank anglers, with an abundance of great riffles with which to ply their passion,
Below this comes some daunting canyon water, with the addition of the
River. There is a public trail but it is for serious hikers only, it hoes though provide access for the hearty to this lightly pressured water.
Below this stretch is some of the most premier water, boaters have this stretch to themselves, with take-outs conveniently located at the end of the best water.
The hatch chart reads like an insect all-star steam, and keeps the angler and fish heightened for most of the seasons.