Autumn Fly Fishing Has Hit It's Peak!
Most insect hatches all begin their momentum on the Yakima River by mid-afternoon and continue on thru the evening hours. In the month of October, you will find no difference. At this time, their are two major food sources that the trout are feeding on, so the diagnosis is really quite simple.
Blue Wing Olive Mayflies and October Caddis are the two primary insects and matching the hatch of both of these will be your true test as a fly fishermen for the day. The caddis by far is the simpler of the two. It is a large insect by design and many popular fly patterns will work to imitate this natural protein source.
This is also little bug time on the river as well. Here is where the true test of your skills and abilities as a western fly fishermen will be tested. Matching the hatch of these mayflies and determining just which stage of the insect large trout are feeding on, is the first formidable challenge for the day.
On bright, sunny days, which is usually the norm here in Central Washington, consider using a flurocarbon "coated" tippet. With this particular product, the coated fluro refracts less light, because of it's invisible properties, when sitting in the river film.
And unlike, pure flurocarbon is doesn't sink as quickly which makes it ideal for dry fly fishing. Our guide staff uses the Arc brand of tippet material and highly recommends on a daily basis to customers visiting the pro-shop. It is an ideal product for fishing in low, gin clear water, which is what we have are experiencing at this time on the Yakima.
Casting to feeding trout that are triggered on one particular insect, is what fly fishing is all about. Plan your day accordingly and think about what your plan of attack might entail, if you are drifting the river this time of year.
Have a great day and make sure to get out and enjoy the month of October in Central Washington.