Reports

Welcome to the Emerald Water Anglers fly angling reports page.  As a guide service, lodge owner, booking agent and fly shop, we want to provide as honest and current fishing reports as possible for you so your upcoming day on the water with us or without can be planned as well as possible for maximum enjoyment.

We cover more water as an outfitter and guide service than anyone in Washington or Colorado and as fly fishing booking agent have chosen very carefully whom we have partnered with regionally as well as around the world.  In order to achieve the above, we have asked some of these friends to help in shaping this reports page.  You will find with our new format this page will never be stale, reports and other information will be accurate, honest and if nothing else the imagery will be as succulent as possible for those stuck behind the desk wishing to be there now.

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      April 13, 2015  Puget Sound, WA

      Hank the dog looks down at a nice SRC from a South Sound Beach.  Fish are still actively feeding on quite a few beaches in the area, but if they aren’t eating what you are throwing try dropping down a few sizes in your fly selection.  Smaller flies have had better results over the last few weeks, although several of the standard patterns have produced fish as well.  Greater numbers of bait fish of various types should start showing up relatively soon as well.  

      Photo:  Alex Collier

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      April 7th, 2015  Yakima River, Washington

      It is official, confusion has become clear and it is now acting like spring.  Sun with showers and sunny again but cool.  This is prime hatch weather on the Yakima and they will vary from top to bottom considerably due to the elevation so pay attention to size and color of the mayflies coming off, replicate the best you can and most importantly, get out and fish.  No matter how much you know or how good you are, you will not catch any fish sitting on your couch…it has been attempted before!

      photo Dave McCoy

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      April 3, 2015  Yakima River, Washington

      This has been one of the craziest weather years in memory for us in the PNW.  Virtually no snow, summer like conditions for the early winter and now finally realizing a spring…but that might be too late.  Water flows have been all over the board and the Yak has been much higher than normal for this time of year throwing hatches off and making you work even harder for your fish.  That said, they are all there, ready to be hooked so let us know if we can help you find success there this spring.  www.emeraldwateranglers.com

      photo Dave McCoy

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      March 22, 2015  Olympic Peninsula, Washington

      Well the rain has finally arrived and the steelhead have acted accordingly.  Ollie Snelling does right by this big beaut of a wild buck by keeping him in the water for a quick shot before sending him back to continue his journey.  It has been an interesting year around here for steelhead.  Looking forward to the Grande Ronde this fall.  If interested, let us know soon.

      photo Reid Curry

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      March 11, 2015 Puget Sound, WA

      IT IS TIME!  Chum fry are in, around and being inhaled by the local natives.  Give us a call and book trips now, the calendar is already looking full for the coming few months.  Otherwise, come in and and we can help you find some success out there on your own.  Happy to do it.

      photo Dave McCoy

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      June (we mean March) 7, 2015  Puget Sound, Washington

      The weather so for this “winter” has been…well, very mild.  Getting from one beach to the next is not always easy.  Chum fry have officially arrived in parts of the Sound and as Mother Nature intended, the SRC’s are paying very close attention to them.  Ball of bait being crashed like a Nat Geo show happen at your rod tip.  Surface flies or smaller baitfish subsurface are working great.  The only way to know for sure it to get out there.  Any questions please do not hesitate to call, email or stop in the store, we are happy to help find success out there.

      photo Dave McCoy

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      February 26, 2015  Cedar Lodge, New Zealand

      Sometimes you just simply get lucky.  Walking along a high bank this monster suddenly appeared parallel to us in about a foot of water.  We froze, gently undid a fly from a rod and gave a very still cast up ahead of him about 15 feet or so.  First cast he gulped it down and we got to watch it all happen…simply awesome.

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      February 18, 2015  Southern Oregon

      Well, here we are mid February and this is about what we are up to around here…fly fishing as though it were early summer, not good.  Makes for great fishing now but we are going to pay for it come mid July or sooner in some parts.  And BTW, who said you can’t enjoy a malted beverage while fly fishing anyway? 

      photo Dave McCoy

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      February 17, 2015  Cedar Lodge, New Zealand

      As it turns out, after years of listening to comparisons between NZ and Patagonia, I believe it to be true, NZ is the pinnacle of fly fishing and sight casting to trophy trout anywhere in the world.  From the helicopter, there is more water to explore with that iconic blue water (it is actually gin clear) than I have ever seen anywhere!  If you haven’t been here before it is an absolute must, and the friendly people just make it that much better.

      photo Dave McCoy

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      January 30, 2015, O.P. Rivers

      Here we are, dead center of steelhead season on the Olympic Peninsula and we are having our busiest season ever.  More anglers wanting to learn to swing flies with the long rod…exactly what we are excited to do with each and every person, new or experienced.  We have a new program, you can take our 3 hour intro to spey casting class for $95 and apply that towards a new rod, even the new Echo Glass or Winston Micro Spey.  Let us know when we can get you on the water for some casting and/or some fishing.

      photo Dave McCoy

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