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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      June 30, 2015  Cascade Mountain Streams

      Wow is the water low, warm and clear!  Even at 2000 to 3000 feet many of the streams in the lower Cascades are already exhibiting water conditions of late August…no bueno!  That said, we really like to emphasize the idea of keeping all fish in the water the entire time you are handling them if at all possible so they can continue to breathe.  Any questions on where to go find cooler water or anything else, please don’t hesitate to call the store or stop by and ask.  EWA Store 206-708-7250

      photo Dave McCoy

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      June 27, 2015  Cowlitz River, Washington

      While the water in nearly every corner of the state is low and warm already, the Cowlitz is holding its own due to the giant reservoir feeding it.  Summer steelhead are on their way back here very soon and for those who enjoy a good swing, this is a terrific river to get out there and do you dance on.

      photo Dave McCoy

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      Cayo Cruz, Cuba

      March 4-14, 2016 we will be hosting an amazing trip to a new region of Cuba for bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook aboard the Avalon Fleet 1.  We have also scheduled a few days of extra time to experience Havana after the fishing trip.  We have 3 spaces left on this, cost is $5610 per angler and a full photo documentation of the trip will be provided by host Dave McCoy.  Please contact us for details…206-708-7250

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      May 31st, Puget Sound, WA

      Has been a little too nice for this time of year around here the past week or two.  Fish have been around but definitely more challenging to find in some of their normal haunts.  With high sun and no wind, get yourself on the water early as possible and beaches facing west with high banks behind them slow the suns arrival on the water.  In other words, take every advantage you can right now.

      photo Dave McCoy

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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!

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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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