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Smoky float down the Yakima Canyon

By Troutnut on September 12th, 2020
With limited weekends remaining for fishing before October gets really busy, my wife and I braved the smoke to float the Yakima Canyon from mile 20 down to Red's. We found very few steadily rising fish, just small ones sipping Baetid duns in a couple of spots, and picked up some rainbows up to 14" on miscellaneous attractor (Attractor: Flies not designed to imitate any particular insect, but to incorporate characteristics attractive to trout. When trout aren't feeding selectively, attractors often outperform careful imitations as searching patterns because they are easier to see and incorporate more strike-triggering characteristics. They include legends like the Adams, Bivisible, and Royal Wulff.) dries and nymphs. I've never seen so many deer along the canyon, perhaps a consequence of the fire burning out much of the adjacent habitat and feed a few weeks ago.

I did a fairly poor job of budgeting our time, stopping at every likely-looking seam early in the float and then having to blow through some of the best water in a rush to reach the landing before it was too dark to see. That's what I get for not learning the river yet. There were some nicer fish feeding at dusk and I missed a couple strikes, but I didn't have time to stick around and keep working on them.

Photos by Troutnut from the Yakima River in Washington

 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenSep 12, 2020
Date AddedSep 18, 2020
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenSep 12, 2020
Date AddedSep 18, 2020
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenSep 12, 2020
Date AddedSep 18, 2020
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenSep 12, 2020
Date AddedSep 18, 2020
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenSep 12, 2020
Date AddedSep 18, 2020
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the Yakima River in Washington

Brachycentrus (Grannoms) Caddisfly LarvaBrachycentrus (Grannoms) Caddisfly Larva View 16 PicturesThis species of Brachycentrus was extremely common in mid-September kick net samples in the Yakima canyon.
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly DunMale Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Dun View 11 PicturesThis specimen emerged indoors from nymphs I had collected, then partly molted into a spinner but got stuck along the way. I've included a couple pictures showing some of the spinner colors. It got a bit waterlogged after emerging, so the wings aren't in perfect shape, but it still represents one of two Baetids that were emerging and drawing trout to rise on the Yakima. Based on body size and shape, it is most likely the same species as this nymph.
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Diptera (True Flies) True Fly PupaDiptera (True Flies) Insect Pupa View 8 Pictures
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly NymphMale Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Nymph View 10 PicturesAnother nymph probably of the same species as this one emerged and was photographed as a dun and partly-molted spinner.
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly NymphBaetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Nymph View 9 PicturesA nymph of the same species as this one emerged into a dun in my studio so I got photos of both stages.
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Diptera (True Flies) True Fly PupaDiptera (True Flies) Insect Pupa View 6 Pictures
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020
Female Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly DunFemale Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olives) Mayfly Dun View 6 PicturesThis one emerged from a nymph of this kind in my studio but got a bit waterlogged before I could pull it out to photograph.
Collected September 12, 2020 from the Yakima River in Washington
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on September 19, 2020

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