Hey guys I live up in Spokane and am headed to Yakima for a few days. Any pointers on points of access for wade fishing the Yak? If you have any other suggestions for wadeable rivers in the Yakima area I'm open. Thanks for the help.
How big are your leg muscles? Water flow metrics site is your friend in this endeavor. Learn (research) average for the time of year for the river. There are other meter readings on the river, but Umtanum is in the canyon. The upper Yak has some cool smaller water spots, mostly private property, but it can be accessed.
won't be able to wade for long distances, but should be able to pop in and out of areas. Yes high banks in some areas, edge will creep up on you fast. I haven't spent a lot of time in the upper yak, but seems more accessible with these flows.
Lots of areas you can fish without even getting your feet wet. Think rip rap.
Fish upstream with your flies as close to the bank as possible. Fish the softer seams behind ever rock that sticks out and creates soft water.
There are places you can wade where the water isn't too fast or deep while walking upstream.
Personally, I like the section between Eberg and Cle Elum for doing this.
A mountain bike can open up some options for you on the opposite side of Hwy 10.
Greg Smith hit the nail on the head. The Naches is a great river for wading and the highway 12 and then 410 parallels the river with easy access. Planning a trip there this coming week. It is quicker for me to fish the Naches than to drive down the canyon to fish the Yakima. Highway 410 is in National forest land and no problem with access.
My son and I floated the river on Saturday, we were amongst hundreds of tubers. The tubers were so thick, we could not launch our boat at Bighorn, a paid launch site. Too many people, tubes and coolers to even get to the launch. Along came the 'bro launch'. Six college bros offered to carry my Clackacraft to the water, and they did! Everyone cheered them on and we got our boat in the water.
Not your classic drift on the Yak, however, everyone had fun. We caught a few small fish, rescued a couple of tubers and caught a few beers along the way.
Back to the subject at hand.....
I waded the river on Sunday. It was flowing about 3800 cfs and full to the banks. Not much room to wade. The predictions call for a substantial change, so things will improve for wading.