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First trout of 2021!

By Troutnut on April 9th, 2021
Friday I drove from the Seattle area out to Yakima, Washington, where a FEMA-run Covid vaccination clinic has so many extra doses and appointments that they're eagerly offering them to people who aren't yet officially eligible. (Washington is one of the last states to open the vaccine to everybody.) I'm looking forward to being able to safely travel on airplanes again and have at least a couple exciting fishing trips planned for this summer.

For now, I just wanted to catch the first fish of the year on my drive home via the Yakima Canyon.

Action on the Yakima was slow, and I'm consistently frustrated there by the difficult access to good spots from the road-side bank. But I did see one single rise, then caught the fish on a nymph.

It's a start!

I also collected quite a few nymphs as an excuse to have some fun with the new microscope I got last fall. The highlight was probably finding a specimen of Heptagenia pulla, which isn't known from Washington or neighboring states.

Photos by Troutnut from the Yakima River in Washington

Closeup insects by Troutnut from the Yakima River in Washington

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WbranchApril 12th, 2021, 6:15 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
That Yakima River looks awesome but it surely doesn't look very safe to wade.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
TroutnutApril 12th, 2021, 8:49 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Yeah, I've always been disappointed when I try to wade the Yakima, except in the far upper headwaters where the fish are small. It's just a bit too fast and deep to cross in most places, and I haven't found much good water accessible from castable spots of the road-side bank.

Last year on a float I found and remembered one really good spot to walk in and safely wade some nice water, and right now it's off-limits due to some construction.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
MillcreekApril 12th, 2021, 11:27 am
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 356
Enjoying your photos, especially of the insects. Photos of identifying characteristics are quite interesting.
WbranchApril 12th, 2021, 3:58 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
I wouldn't wade it without a PFD collar.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PartsmanApril 13th, 2021, 3:03 am
bancroft michigan

Posts: 420
Beautiful pictures as usual.
MartinlfApril 13th, 2021, 11:41 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Nice photos. Glad to hear you got your vaccination. My second dose of the Moderna vaccine comes Monday. Getting ready to travel and fish! Fishing has been good in Pennsylvania, with olives and grannoms, but we just had some storms that blew everything out locally. Waiting for levels to drop.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
AdirmanApril 14th, 2021, 11:27 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 504
Sorry No pics to share as I don’t carry my phone into the water , but I got my first of the season today as well: a nice 12” Brown! Caught him Czech Nymphing on the point fly , a # 6 stone fly 😊

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