Here are the Quick Hitters for August:
$99 Lodge Suite Special - Sunday - Thursday from now through
Summer Steelhead - The Klickitat is fishing great right now!
Cast 'n Blast - Upland bird hunting now open on the Mt. Baldy
Columbia River Steelhead Counts - Off the charts... We are over
55,000 fish ahead of last year at Bonneville Dam!
This past week the Grasshopper population along the lush banks of the
Yakima River in the Lower Canyon has exploded. Similar to the way
aquatic insects hatch from the water at specific times of the year,
grasshoppers emerge from the soil and populate the shoreline as well.
They provide a hefty source of protein for trout living along the
riverbank. We have appropriately dubbed them... "trout candy".
Read along to learn more
about how to fish with grasshopper patterns, or better yet, come and get
in a drift boat on the Yakima River and discover just how much fun
August fly fishing with these big bugs can be. Whether you decide
to go on a guided adventure with us, or you are a long time shuttle
customer, we love seeing you and we will do our best to make your
summertime float a success!
August Lodge Special:
$99 Midweek Special Rate - (Sunday - Thursday)
For Reservations Call the lodge desk at 509.933.2100
Hatches - Grasshoppers and Fly Fishing Tips - Yakima River
This great Cutthroat fell for a parachute Hopper pattern in the Upper
Yakima River Canyon.
August is the month of the leggy terrestrial patterns. July brought us
the kick off of Summer Stoneflies, which are still going strong, and a
few hoppers towards the second half, but August is when things really
get rolling in the grasshopper department. These big, dense, and
vulnerable bugs account for some massive growth on the trout and it
looks as though this summer is treating the trout right. We started
seeing an emergence of Hoppers last week and like aquatic insects -
Hoppers actually hatch out of the ground rather than the water, and live
as grubs in the soil most of their life. They go through a
metamorphosis much like the hatches we are more familiar with (i.e.
Caddis, Stoneflies, etc). The key being that some areas or times can be
thick with hoppers, or certain years can be thick with them as well!
In addition to pounding the banks with hoppers, the evening Caddis hatch
has been consistent and strong, which is rare to see this late in the
summer. The last few weeks have been some of the most predictable (and
productive!) late night hatches in recent memory. It reminds us that
insects are strongly cyclical and that we have been greatly emaciated in
our lust for great Caddis fishing, too. After a hot day, it is a great
relief to tie on a Caddis fly in the evening time and catch a
predictable rise for the last hour or two of the day. By mid August the
current Caddis and Mayflies will likely slow down a bit making room in
the trout's diet for a steady supply of terrestrials. In addition to a
large variety of hoppers, the trout will look for June Bugs, which are
essentially a living version of a giant Chernobyl Ant, Wasps, Beetles,
Crickets, Crane Flies, and other UFO terrestrials that are not common,
but seem to be delicious. Finding a pattern that floats square and
consistent on the water is important this time of year. Choose a fly
you can trust to float upright and is very symmetrical.
Not common, but this is an
example of what the trout will opportunistically forage on during the
late summer on the Yakima River.
Yakima River Cast 'n Blast
and Dry Fly Fishing - the BEST of the best!"
The Cast N Blast package
in August might be the best time to combine GREAT dry fly fishing with
an upland bird hunt on the Mt. Baldy Ranch, which is just minutes from
our fly shop and lodge. Just picture yourself chasing bird dogs in
the early morning while it is still cool out, and then floating
downstream casting grasshopper flies to wild trout in the evening!
The pricing for the Cast 'n Blast is $359 per person, per day. It
is based on Double Occupancy, and when you combine that with our $99
midweek special it becomes a world class getaway at a great price.
The wild bird season does not open until October, so expect to hunt on
our preserve which can be a mixture of Pheasants and Chukar. Our flight
pens are spacious and these are strong birds that fly well and provide a
very high quality experience. The preserve also has great scenery
with a local band of Bighorn Sheep in the area. We release 5 birds per
hunter per day on these hunts, and throw in some extras for groups of 3
or more. There are also some holdovers that remain in the area from
previous hunts. The crack shots might even bring home an extra
bird or two. Most of our guides use English Setter pointing dogs and
are great with hunters of all skill levels.
Questions about planning a Cast 'n Blast? Email Steve Joyce
directly at email@example.com
Four Fish: The Future of the
Last Wild Food
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Blueacre Seafood Restaurant is hosting
author Paul Greenberg to celebrate the publication of his book, Four
Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
Wednesday, August 11th. No host reception 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Blueacre Seafood Restaurant 1700 7th Ave in
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 9th
Summer Steelhead on the Klickitat is right NOW!
"The forecast predicts 85 degrees with
nearly a 100% chance of Metalhead....be sure to bring your wading
sandals because you will get very hot fighting those Klickitat River
Steelhead in the hot afternoon hours."
The worst of the glacial melt on the Klickitat River is behind us
now and the river is looking good. The water clarity is great most days
with the exception of an occasional burp of muddy water following the
abnormally hot days. Our guides can usually predict if that is
going to happen. Overall, fishing is rock solid and one of our
guides putting up a double digit hook-up day last week! Although
this is not the norm, it seems to happening more and more.
This is an easy trip to plan. Just call the shop, book your trip,
and stay the night in Goldendale. Use either of the Motels listed
below for lodging. Goldendale is about 4 hours from Seattle, and
about 3 hours from Portland. You have the info, make the calls! :)
Red's Fly Shop:
Quality Inn Motel:
The Tinhead Ticker
Columbia River Steelhead Counts - they
just keep on coming!
The WAVE of Steelhead continues to come up the
Columbia... the river is still bulging! Many of these fish are on their way to the Klickitat, Wenatchee, and Methow
Rivers... our favorite rivers. These are the numbers from Bonneville Dam on
August 2nd at 10
pm. We are over 55,000 fish ahead of last year's incredible pace!
10 Year Average - 115,872
2009 - 133,936
Steelhead Training Camp, August 22nd
Steelhead Training Camp
More Info and
Sign Up Online
Are you new to Steelhead fishing and tired of seeing the "other guys" in
all the pictures with big Steelhead? Not to worry. Come to
our Steelhead fishing course on August 22nd and learn all the basics and
some easy to understand advanced techniques for fishing Steelhead with
your single handed or two-handed fly rod. Your instructor will
show you where, how, and when to fish the Columbia River system for
Steelhead. This includes detailed information on the Methow,
Wenatchee, Klickitat, and Grand Ronde Rivers. You can also join a
guide the next day for a specially priced "Fish Along" on the Klickitat
River for $295 per boat. The guide will put you in the right spots
and fish alongside you all day offering instruction and demonstration.
2 anglers per boat.
Pleasure Floats the Canyon
Have you ever floated the
Yakima River Canyon without a fly rod? It is always fun to fish,
but sometimes leaving your rod behind and taking the whole family out
for a couple of hours and floating the canyon mid day is a great time.
You will begin to notice a lot of new scenery now that there is no fly
for you to stare at! Read a book, look at the birds, or have a
water fight - it is up to you. We are now offering an affordable
and safe way to float the Lower Canyon. Combine this with an
afternoon full of lounging by the pool with cold drinks at Canyon River
$150 per float, it is about 2 hours in length and can host up to 6
people per boat.
We LOVE to hear from you. Please ask any questions specific to fly
fishing equipment, guide trips, fishing advice, or whatever you want -
just email our pro shop at
anytime and we are happy to help.