I hit the Yakima on Saturday 3/30 expecting the awesome top water action that Friday 3/29 presented. So I started my day with a stop at Troutwater and talked with Ted & Johnney. They hooked me up with some flies (These guys are awesome) and I was on my way. My day started off very poorley as I locked my keys in my truck with my truck running sitting in the Rhinehart boat launch. I was very gratefull for the two gentlemen who let me use their phone to call my wife (She was not impressed) I dont know who you were but thankyou. Before long my wife arrived and my truck was unlocked (Thankyou Honey), my boat was launced and I was off. I was armed with a top water fly and watching for risers to start feeding. I casted to the bankes, riffles and structure until noon with no avail. The top water action was not going to happen today. At this point I decided to make the switch to a topper and a dropper and before long "bam" Fish-on. I landed a couple average Yakima fish but nothing impressive 14-16 inch range. They were taking the dropper. After about an hour of spot hopping I came to a spot with some overhanging trees and visable rocks below the serface. I made my presentation just above the rocks and dead drifted through the spot. I noted my top water fly stop, change direction and them sink, I set the hook and the fight was on. By the battle and repeated runs I was almost 100% postive that this was a Yakima Steelhead. I was very easy on the pressure due to my 5x tippet. As I got the fish in closer where I could get a good look, I could tell it was not a Steelhead but a very healthy Rainbow. After what seemed for ever I was able to net the fish. The fish had taken the dropper. I held the fish up to my fly rod and noted the length. When I got home that evening I measured the fish at 26 inches. This was the biggest fish I have ever caught on the Yakima. What stated off as a bad day turned out to be an awesome day.