Fished a chunk of water this evening. Water clarity is perfect. It was warmer today and water temps have come up a bit, my thermometer showed 38F, still cold but better than last time. Saw a couple skanky old salmon but no steelhead. I know there are some around so I’ll fish again tomorrow. Took this pic of the run, nice water for sure.
Fished a run yesterday evening and two more this afternoon. Water is in perfect shape. Had problems right off the bat. Started fishing around 1:30pm, sun had already set on this piece of water and it looked great. It was cold though, water was freezing in my guides and building up. Checked water temps and got 36F. No wonder, the air was colder than the water and the water was cold!!
Fishing pressure? What fishing pressure, there is almost none. I trust there are a few fresh fish coming in, maybe a few early winter fish? I’m sticking with the lower river until season close. The run in the pic below seemed perfect, speed was slowww and depth between 3.5′ & 5′ with good structure, as in cobble, rocks & boulders. No grabs and no sign of life in this run. Also saw a bunch of plastic ribbons (blue) hanging from tree tree/shrub branchesidentifying salmon redds. The blue plastic ribbons mark fall chinook redds/nests marked by the Yakama Nation Fisheries program. So, if you see them please avoid wading over the “clean rock piles” and please don’t mess with the ribbons. Only two weekends left of the season.
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Based on predictions I assumed the river would be brown this morning, Well the forcast was wrong, flow’s only rose about 200 cfs and the river remains in good shape. Looks like the weekend will provide good water for Klickitat anglers.
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Fishing… fished 3 runs yesterday with a guest named Dan. No steelhead for us but Dan did hook a chinook. The fish jumped at least 3 times. It was Dan’s first fish hooked swinging with his speyrod, Dan enjoyed the encounter even though it ended as an LDR (Long Distance Release). Talked to a couple other guys swinging flies and one of them had 3 hookups, at least one was a steelhead, others unknown (maybe coho), all ended as LDR’s.
It’s been softly raining most of the day so I didn’t fish. Looks like flows are screaming up so the next couple days look questionable. Clarity has remained good but i didn’t see the water this evening and NWS predictions suggest a 500cfs increase overnight. Brown water expected for the next day or 3.
Haven’t posted anything lately, forgiveness requested. Nothing has changed much. The fall chinook are either dead or spawning, the coho still don’t pass Lyle Falls well and there are few steelhead in the river.
Water is perfect, we had a notable upswing in flows a couple days ago so I’m hoping a few fresh fish might have moved in.
Guide boats nymphing on the go are hooking a steelhead or two (maybe 3) daily. Bank anglers swinging flies need to cover as much water as possible. Fishing is tough now and likely won’t get better prior to season close. Wish I had better words to share and if I find out I’m wrong I’ll certainly let you know.