New at flyfishing

#1
I have done alittle lake fishing and lost alot of fish. I have never boated one. Had a blast! I am still learning the casting thing and doing fair. I want to try some river fishing from shore probably the Naches and would take any advise on how and what to use. I just got a new pole and am itching to use it and see no reason to wait untill spring. ------Fish on!
 

Chris Scoones

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#2
Welcome to the rest of your life. :D

Don't know much about the Naches but I'm sure if you called Gary's Fly Shoppe in Yakima (509-457-3474) he'd fill you in. I'd suggest nymphing this time of year but there may be a small hatch that could you with dry's if you preferred.

I'd also suggest if your in the region and looking to go about it on foot to hit the Yakima above Rosa Dam. Late fall / winter the flows are down considerably making it the environment your looking for. It's also a blue ribbon fishery which makes it worth your extra time to drive there. Gary's again would be able to give you the applicable setup.

You said from shore, hope your wearing waders and ready to get in at you'll be much more productive.

Have fun, let me know how you do.

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#3
Thank You Cris, I have been in Garys many times and will try the Yakima River out. The flow in both rivers is low and will give them a try. ThankX again. Joe
 
#4
Nothing beats taking a few lessons from the folks at your local fly shop to get your casting stroke down and to learn the locations and patterns for your area. Having someone right there to correct casting errors will get you off on the right foot.

Also, an excellent online primer for the beggining fly fisher in search of trout is http://www.masterflyfishing.com/. Comprehensive, well written and easily understandable. Review and study the material there, supplement it with time on the rivers and you'll be making a quantum leap on your journey into the world of fly fishing.

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Chris Scoones

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#5
Have been doing a little checking in on the Naches and from what I've found I think I'll be trying it out again. The waters are not fly fishing only but is selective gear regulated. Over the last few years it sounds like the river has been coming into it's own with some relively healthy counts of bows from the town of Naches on down and reports of nice cutts above.

The access seams to limited but wadable. The Yak would still be my first choice but if it's in your back yard then good on ya.

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#6
I noticed that someone suggest the Yakima thats a good idea.I am new to this area but little Naches is one place I have fished. Just above the fish ladder is a nice area to try it offers variuos types of water and room to pratice casting. ther are only little trout but they are strong. Good Luck
 
#7
The guys at Red’s are super nice and they are right on the river. Check out You tube. Red’s has some good video up about the Yak. The Worly bugger is a great shop also. They are in town there at Ellensburg. They have a site up about The Yakima hatches.
 
#10
Welcome to the rest of your life. :D

I'd also suggest if your in the region and looking to go about it on foot to hit the Yakima above Rosa Dam. Late fall / winter the flows are down considerably making it the environment your looking for. It's also a blue ribbon fishery which makes it worth your extra time to drive there. Gary's again would be able to give you the applicable setup.
I've never fished the Yakima because for most of my life so far I haven't been old enough to drive myself a long way. Above Rosa dam, all along Canyon Road, is that all public access?
 
#11
River Journal, Yakima River is a very good resource, written by Steve Probasco.

There is quite a bit of public access in the canyon but a fair amount of private land too. And BLM land requires its own pass.
There are several boat launches and many pull outs along the river that will give you access. The thing to0 keep in mind that if wading it is safest if the flows are below 2000cfs at Umtanum. This morning the flows were just above 1400cfs at Umtanum.

Summer flows are high due to water released for irrigation and remain high until after Labor Day. The increased flows from water released usually happens in early to mid June. However run off can push the flows up any time in the spring.

A week to 10 days of non freezing nights and warmer temps during the day will encourage the first decent hatches as the water temps warm. BWO's, and the elusive skwala's will start coming off. Mixed hatches all spring and the next big hatch is probably the Mothers Day cadis hatch which can be spectacular and frustrating at the same time.

Personally I enjoy a trip or two in the spring but really like September and October.

If Worley Bugger has a spring clean-up that might be a good way to get in someones boat and get a look at the river from that perspective.

Dave
 

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