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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      May 23, 2015  Snoqualmie River, Washington

      Well Mother Nature has handed us quite the water situation around Washington this year.  Snow pack is virtually gone already which means all our rivers that are freestones are already at summer flows.  For now this is great as the forks of the Snoqualmie are already fishing quite well but if we get a hot, dry summer, they are going to be in tough shape.  Currently on sunny days, these little guys are coming to the surface but the water remains pretty cold so dropping a small nymph such as a Lightening Bug or Copper John off the back is still a sure bet.  Any questions, let us know. 

      photo Dave McCoy

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      Coming up on May 30th, we are hosting our first annual Fly Fest Demo Day at Lincoln Park in West Seattle from 10am to 4pm.  Come cast with the sales reps and pro staff from Winston, Scott, Hardy, Echo and Epic Glass fly rods.  4 FFF casting instructors will also be on hand to provide free casting lessons while trying out the latest rods.  Look over the newest reels from Bauer, Hardy and Nautilus and talk shop with the Patagonia sales rep and Fish Ambassador. 

      This is also the 7th Annual EWA guide staff cook-off.  Each guide has $40 and 30 minutes to prepared a stream-side meal using what they would have on the water.  People’s choice usually decides the winner. 

      This is also a great opportunity to ask questions about all our local, regional and international fly fishing trips and destinations.

      Food and beverages provided, please RSVP to the store via email, phone or on our Facebook page.  shop@emeraldwateranglers.com 206-708-7250

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      May 13, 2015 Yakima River, WA

      In case you haven’t heard yet, the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch is on in full force on the Yakima right now. We are talking legitimate Caddis Mania, Caddispalooza, Caddis-tastrophe…you get the point. Thanks in part to the low flows this spring, we are finding a good number of fish taking advantage of this abundant protein source, gorging themselves with emerges and adults on the surface. Look for the most consistent surface activity on subtle soft seems, especially around the bank and woody debris…ie. the seem coming off of the end of the branches in the picture above. With so many naturals flying around right now, fly selection and presentation is everything. Our best bug has been a size 16 tan X-Caddis with some of the pickier fish opting instead for an emerger pattern such as a Toe Jam Caddis or CDC emerger drifted barely sub surface. Get out while the getting is good! Give us a call or stop by the store if we can help!

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      May 12th, 2015  South Fork Snoqualmie, WA

      Water is in “great” shape, and the bugs are out and active!  We only say “great” because these are flows normally seen in the post-runoff season of mid to late July…and it’s only early May.  Look for afternoons to be best as the cooler nights have these fish a bit lethargic in the early mornings.  All of the rivers that open on the first Saturday of June should be in prime shape as soon as they’re open though, so get ready!

      Photo:  Alex Collier

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      April 28th, 2015  Puget Sound, WA

      More and more bait fish are showing up every day, and the cutts are still actively feeding.  Look for cloudy days with bigger tide swings (closer to the new or full moon) to be the most productive times.  There are quite a few smaller cutts around, so don’t be afraid to bring a lighter rod to pursue them!  Glass minnows, Sound Searchers, and lightly weighted clouser-type flies have proven most productive.

      Photo Dave McCoy

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      April 23rd, 2015 Yakima River, Washington

      Hooked up on the sunny Yakima River! Our guides have been seeing some good days on the Yakima as of late. With this year’s low snowpack, the river is in great shape and will likely stay this way for the remainder of the spring. The past couple of weeks we have seen consistent hatches (even some Salmon Flies!) and the fabled Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch should be just around the corner. Let us know if we can help show you Washington’s blue ribbon trout river! www.emeraldwateranglers.com

      photo Reid Curry

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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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