Floating or wading the Yak

dfg

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#1
According to Red's, the caddis hatch on the Yak is hot and heavy, and the flow is around 3200. I'm planning to fish on Tuesday. I'd prefer to float, but will wade if I can't find someone to help self-shuttle. I'd probably start at Ringers either way, although I am flexible. I'll probably stay over in Ellensburg if can find a cheap motel, and fish Wednesday, too.

Anyone interested in joining me for either floating or wading?
 

teedub

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#3
I have not seen as much caddis activity in the upper stretches (Cle Elum area). I am going over there in a couple of hours and I will let you know what I see. The Teanaway has cleared up quite a bit and I don't think it is adding any color to the Yak.
 
#4
Sounds fun, wish I could get the day off... I floated Ringer to Umtanum yesterday and the caddis hatch was insane! The water flows were great and the river is starting to really clear up, good luck!
 

teedub

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#5
I just got back from the Cle Elum State launch and I was shocked at how clear the water is - still dropping and the tribs like the Teanaway are running clear now too! There were a few caddis coming off and as I stood there the number of bugs coming off was increasing. There is a little wind - but it would be a great afternoon for throwin' a few. I think I will.

The forecast for tomorrow is for a big temperature drop and rain starting in the mid-morning. The rain won't hurt but a fifteen degree temp drop is going to ruin the fishing I think.

If I can slip away for an hour I will add a report to this thread for those who come from the other side.
 
#7
I've heard that in situations like the above, fish actually get full and no longer bother eating. At least that's what I tell myself when I'm at work and see pictures like this and can't get away.
 
#8
I've heard that in situations like the above, fish actually get full and no longer bother eating. At least that's what I tell myself when I'm at work and see pictures like this and can't get away.
I think this was the situation yesterday, we had a couple fish take the fly but you really had to work hard and didnt see many fish feeding. However, I heard they were eating like crazy the previous day. Reminds me of Alaska where the rainbows will eat a ton of sockeye eggs and go through a stage of no eating for a while - making the fishing tough. Im no biologist, but I try and use this excuse when I dont catch fish. :)
 

teedub

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#11
Report is rain - lots of rain right now as it is pouring and cloud cover is thick. If it stops in the next hour we should be OK in a day or so, if it keeps up for a couple more hours or more things are going to color up a bit.
 

kmac

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#13
Going on a float with Reds on Saturday. Hope the river isn't too high or cloudy by then. Hopefully the rain will taper off after today.
 

teedub

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#14
The rain stopped after a couple of hours. It managed to drop the water temps about four degrees (48.8) but at 2:30 the river was clear as a bell and the Teanaway was clear too. The wind is up - blowing at about twenty but all-in-all the weather did not cause as much damage as it could have.