Looks like the rain will continue a while, discharge spiked again and the river remains pretty much “MUD”.  The only good thing I can imagine coming out of this is some fresh fish will likely respond to the increase in flows by coming into the Klickitat.  Based on the weather forcast it looks like it might take 3 or 4 more days to clear enough to fish with confidence.  Check out the discharge page on the useful links tab.

9/29/13 Early Morning

Klickitat discharge increased by ~1100 cfs.  It’s over 1800 now.  Should peak and begin dropping later today, at least I hope it will.  River’s pretty much off color (brown).  This spike in flows could bring some fresh fish into the system so when things settle down the fishing might be good again.


Update, looks like I was dead wrong about river flow increase.  The Klickitat is already up over 500 cfs and stil climbing.  It’s raining pretty good right now, hope it’s snow on the mountain.  Suspect turbidity will be higher tomorrow, hope it doesn’t get too bad.


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Apparently we have weather coming, wet weather.  Cascades should squeeze most of the water out of those clouds before they hit the sunny side.  A couple indicators suggest a 350+ increase in flow, I doubt it.  If the rain hits us softly it’ll soak in and do alot of good, if it gully washes it’ll settle out quickly.  There won’t be anything but snow on Mt. Adams.  Maybe I’m hoping the clouds will part, please hope with me!

A bunch of things came together for me yesterday afternoon.  Got my 8133-3 Burkheimer back about a week ago (fell on it and broke a few weeks ago).  Been convinced there were few steelhead in the river.  So convinced I haven’t been fishing much.  Thursday AM the guy who first helped me with speycasting stopped by and offered dinner at mile 8.  I showed up a bit early and no one was home.  The Burkie was pre-rigged and ready to go.  Went after chinook because they seem to be everywhere.  Fast flowing water at the head of the run and salmon flopping all around.  Type 6 sinktip and a fly called the Red Dogwood Spey, think it was developed by Alyssa Halls of Forks, WA.  (www.anadromy.com) Fished through the throat of the run without a grab.  Left the sinktip on cause I’m lazy and wasn’t hitting the bottom much.   Midway through the run a hot hen (steelhead) took the fly.  Big air and lots of it, got the fly out of her mouth and  I took a breather, I was sweating.  So, that was nice!!!!!!!!!!  Well, caught my breath and waded back out.  Ten, 15, maybe 20 minutes later I found another, on the far bank.  Felt and saw the take instantly but had a bit of slack line on the water, then no feel…backed up to tighten the line and she was still there.  Another strong hen and another air breather.  Hatchery fish this time and equal to her wild counterpart in energy expenditure.  Both fish on the red dogwood spey.  It’s shredded now.  So, it’s been a crappy steelhead season, up until yesterday!!


River remains in perfect shape.  Fished the evening water behind the house, no grabs for me but I did see a few chinook flopping in what I thought was steelhead water.

Fresh blanket of snow on Adams, think it’s fall around here and good water should be expected from here on out.

Have heard of a few steelhead caught recently. Seems the steelheading is improving, maybe they’ll follow the fall chinook.



Flows have stabilized and she’s running about as clear as she gets.  23K chinook over Bonneville yesterday, betting the fall chinook run exceeds 1 million this year. They aren’t all coming here but alot of them obviously are.

Don’t have any real news regarding steelhead.  There are steelhead around but it’ll require some searching to find them.  It’s an odd fishing season here for sure.


River came into real nice shape this evening around the town of Klickitat.  Vis around 3′, fall chinook continue flopping in the AM’s and PM’s.  It’s good water to target fall chinook, steelhead too.


The Klickitat is crazy full of fall chinook.  The weekend was very busy with fish and fisherman.  Most fisherman caught chinook and some caught alot of them.  The water is not in great shape, ranging from about 1′ vis to maybe 1.5′ today.  This years fall chinook run will go down in history, doubt there’s ever been more chinook in this river at one time than there is right now.  Many “guided” boats landed over a dozen, some many more.  The largest I heard of was 35 lbs. but I didn’t hear about most of them.

I got a tip that the Big Muddy was running heavy and brown this afternoon so we might see worse water tomorrow.   I saw cloud cover on Adams today but they didn’t look like heavy rain clouds

Also heard of a steelhead caught today (caught on eggs), was told it was wild and around 12 lbs.   Steelhead fishing has been poor and now with all the chinook action few people are targeting them.  I’m not optomistic for the remainder of the steelhead run, likely a fish here & there if you cover water and work hard.


The brown water arrived.  Flow has peaked and is dropping.  Hopefully the vis will improve throughout the weekend, next week could be good for the fall chinook fishermen.


It’s raining in the town of Klickitat (7:00 PM), lots of lighting and thunder too.  Started around 6 PM and came down pretty hard from time to time.  Went to weather.com and found “Flash Flood Warning”.  The Doppler radar suggests another bank of water laden clouds will be here shortly.  It’ll be a nasty weekend for the fly angler but if you like to catch chinook it WILL BE ON!

http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?lid=PITW1.  This suggests half a foot rise in flows.  The PITT gauge suggests something might be coming (an early double uptick in the daily cycle).  NOAA thinks flows will be falling hard mid-day Sat. to Monday.

I fished last evening and had chinook flopping all around, no love but there are definitely alot of chinook in the river.  Since flows are about to rise and muddy-up I’d suggest targeting chinook with bait.  This push of water will bring in a bunch more chinook.