Yakima River Fly-Fishing-Related Links
Yakima River fly fishing reports are available from the Worley-Bugger Fly Company, Washington Fly Fishing, the Evening Hatch Guide Service, the Creekside Angling Company, the Yakima River Angler, the Barbless Hook Fly Fishers Guide Service, and Blue Skies Fly Fishing Guide Service.
Current weather reports/forecasts are available for Cle Elum, Ellensburg, and Yakima from the Weather Channel.
Real-time streamflow data for the Yakima Basin is available from the USGS or from the US Army Corp of Engineers; additional Short-Range Hydrologic Forecasts are available from the Northwest River Forecast Center (NOAA/National Weather Service). Sunrise and sunset times are available from the U. S. Naval Observatory. Details of the "Yakima Project" (a view of the Yakima watershed as the Bureau of Reclamation sees it) is available here.
Local fly shops and guide services for the Yakima include the Worley-Bugger Fly Company (Ellensburg, WA), The Evening Hatch Guide Service, Gary's Fly Shoppe / Yakima River Outfitters (Yakima, WA), Barbless Hook Fly Fishers Guide Service, Blue Skies Yakima River Fly Fishing Guide Service and the Yakima River Angler.
Links to pages with tying instructions for fly patterns which can be useful on the Yakima can be found here.
Rafts can be rented to float the Yakima from Rill Adventures (Yakima River Raft Rentals) and from Richies River Rentals (may be out of business; their phone # was 509-453-2112).
In addition to classes offered by the fly shops / guide services listed above, various fly fishing classes, including occasional Yakima-specific classes, are available via Kent Parks and Recreation (search with the keyword "fishing").
Other sources of on-line information related to Yakima fly fishing include the Washington Fly Fishing e-mail list archives (search for the word Yakima), the Washington Fly Fishing home page (good maps, hatch chart, etc.), and the Trout Source.
Printable topographic maps of the Yakima and surrounding areas are available from TopoZone. The URL given takes you to a topo centered on Ellensburg; use the green arrows to move around, and the scale factor / map size to adjust the coverage and detail level.
Google Maps also allows a good look at terrain and roads via this hybrid view of the canyon. Use the controls to move around, zoom in and out, toggle between topo maps and satellite pictures, etc.
On-line newspaper articles include this article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (September 26, 1996) dedicated to the Yakima.
Stories and pictures from a Yakima River fishing trips by various people are here and here.
Books still in print which discuss fly fishing on the Yakima include the Yakima River (River Journal, Vol 2, No 2) by Steve Probasco (see excerpts from the Great Rivers site here), the Flyfisher's Guide to Washington (The Wilderness Adventures Flyfisher's Guide Series) by Greg Thomas, and the Washington Blue-Ribbon Fly Fishing Guide by John Shewey. These are available at many of the local fly shops mentioned above.
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