Fly Fishing Wild Rainbow Trout, Yakima River, Washington State

hello and welcome to welders TV today

I'm off drift boat fly fishing on the

Yakima River with our friend Joe rotor

from reds fly shop at the Canyon River

Ranch in Washington State Joe's going to

show me how to fly fish for wild rainbow

trout on my first ever moving water

fly-fishing adventure it's a cracking

day the sun's out and so the wildlife

let's just hope those trout - bye - my

name is Joe rotor I'm fortunate enough

to be a professional fly fishing guide

at Red's fly shop on the Yakima River in

Washington State the Yakima River is

considered a big Western River and what

that means is you are going to get some

big wind there is big current and fast

water and what really makes this stream

unique is in the summertime it actually

runs very very high and there's a lot of

very good fish habitat right along the

shore this is very different than a lot

of other Western rivers which get very

low and warm during summertime the

Yakima runs with big high flow and stays

very cool all summer long

well we're gonna do some trout fishing

we're gonna drift in a drift boat we're

going to float about twelve miles River

we're going to use dry flies ones that

look like grasshoppers and stone flies

which is a great big leggy bug looks a

lot like a grasshopper where to throw

those flies right up against the

shoreline or the big trout are holding

up under the brush and hopefully we'll

swim out eat our fly today

well typically we use a five-way rod for

almost everything for fishing a strike

indicator and an emphasis weight is nice

to have but a fast action five wave will

do just about anything you want to do

and just to explain what a fast action

rod is for a lot of people haven't

really been explained that term before

it requires a very quick rapid-fire

casting stroke which is exactly what we

do out of a boat we take the housings of

cast literally in a day I know that

sounds crazy but we take thousands of

shots at the bank and having a rod that

will pick that fly up and throw it back

in at a very very high rate of speed is

very important

especially when we're dealing with just

a little bit of wind to which we do deal

with it often times but a 9 foot fast

action 5 way it would be an excellent


all right all right go get them Nicki

okay I've completely total confidence in

you go ahead and stand up and get

comfortable you'll be standing all day

now go ahead and shoot we don't want to

miss a second yes all right good lay it

in the water now give it a little man


yeah real soft when you man the fly

shouldn't actually move go ahead and

cast again here and what we want to look

for Nicki er coves okay it's loading a

little bit further because there's kind

of a Cove in there where they're slower

water good give it a little man

excellent good it's fine go ahead and

bring it back up to the surface

be very careful don't lose a fly here

this waters a little fast but we have a

good spot coming up here a second we're

the first fly of the day to go over the

spot so we just need to throw up look

for a little bit slower water down we'll

be very careful with the fly our goal is

to primarily fish dry flies today it's

the best way to fish in my opinion you

actually get to see the fish swim up and

grab a fly we're going to primarily use

a fly that looks like a grasshopper some

have foam bodies and they float really

well which is important in these heavy

currents during the middle of the day

we're also going to use some nibs or web

flies under a strike indicator we have

fabulous stone fly hatch which is a very

large bug and those nips will be active

during the day and the trout will eat

those especially in the Whitewater

sections a little bit further

you kind of want to tell a sell the

story that your fly just felling off the

bank or crawled in off the bank there is

get them okay put them look quicker when

you set do it exactly like your back

cast the two motions should be a perfect

image one another okay we're getting a

few drops beautiful morning dad get out

here and do this okay that's good name

for that opening right in there try to

convince the shore there you go give it

nice man there he is get them get them

Mickey oh-ho missed them ok give it

another man it's really important you

don't catch too much sidearm because the

fly will curl upstream onion in it would

drift poorly he's from the bank good

little mintage good mend a little bit

again there is get a Mickey get them all

you got to set in it light just like

your cast a little bit closer to shore

get a little bit length here on your

line so you've been fishing for four

months you're doing good give it a nice

minute there you go good especially for

not having river fish this is a whole

different deal Telemachus yeah give it a

very soft mend again and add some line

to it when you man yeah sometimes you

got to get it flat there's an infinite

number of techniques that you use

mending their game hit them all you got

to be faster

you are you were a true trout


is what we would call you in the u.s.

you are a trout conservationist you are

very eco friendly with the trout it's

natural doesn't moving going with the

flow it's a loop there is get them okay

better that time better you won't feel

yeah you won't feel the bites

yeah it's all visual it's going to go a

little bit closer the bank that's one

adjustment that's tough to make on River

fishing is it's just to describe it

simply it's a slackline presentation and

on slackline presentations it's a visual

stimulus that lets you know the fish is

biting in this case we watch the trout

swim up the fly eat them eat it which is

pretty cool and you know as soon as you

eat it and you know closes mouth and

really goes back underwater by that

point we've just kind of recognized that

it's happening at that point we just

come up just like a back cast and that

immediately takes the slack out of the

line and buries the hook into his lip

and puts a smile on Nikki's face when

you're ready you're casting excellent

just keep playing it safe you're not

trying to be a hero and get an inch from

the shore okay you did good okay

they cast again because it's not going

to make it to whitewater very long right

along the brush line trout are kind of

loving it yeah they're loving spitting

it out

they're quick you're doing good I mean

they just yeah the happy guy it perfect

perfect get rid hit ring that's got to

be a fish get him get him get there go

ahead no no no you did great you did


he actually came up but the fly she hit

the fly as he was coming to it yeah it

made contact the plane actually pushed

it out of his mouth Wow

little guy did okay the downstream

they're still biting right in here haha

the trout really aren't that complicated

of a creature they're going to eat what

they see and today we have these grassy

banks behind us in this canyon section

and there they're actually a lot of

grasshoppers here that we're seeing jump

around the bank and especially with the

wind we get our River is located right

between the mountains in the desert and

we do get big wind and a lot of

grasshoppers will wind up in the water

and so we use a fly like this one right

here and you can see the likeness there

and granted ours is a little bit bigger

but there are lots of different sizes of

hoppers and when those hoppers fall in

the water our fly is going to imitate

that hopper that's falling into the

water and a trout doesn't have to eat a

whole lot of those in order to gain a

lot of fulfillment out of it so that's

what we're using today as a fly that

isn't worry too much like a grasshopper

and there's also another insect called a

stone fly that I'll show you at some

point today too that it also imitates so

basically we just imitating its natural

food resource absolutely and that's why

we throw our flies right up against the

bank trout aren't necessarily real

selective on the fly that they have that

is more than behavior so if we can cast

our fly right by the shore where a

grasshopper very likely to fall in

that's we're going to have the most


and a bit closer in thousands of now

someday yeah grip about practice to use

in the right spots yeah autopsy's always

using Google brings Angeles pose

good nice trout

nice job Quinn what six inches yes with

Roy under the bag

hey that's great I need you for

rewarding when you get a fly that close

to the shore well it's routed a big

river like this one thing you want to

look for is you're not looking for like

holes you know there's not going to be

one big pool there's a handful of trout

just missed one almost Adam you're not

going to find a hole where there's a

bunch of trout but we're looking for or

holding lies one two three trout maybe

just enough space sometimes it's smaller

than a bathtub and there will be a

little little holding lie or what we

like to call a bucket and within that

spot they're holding in there for a

couple of reasons one is protection that

it needs to offer some safe haven form

that might be a branch coming over their

head providing shade from from a

predatory bird it might be some choppy

water that obscures the Predators view

or might be just depth might be just

that spot is deeper than the

surroundings and therefore they can

hunker in there and be unseen by

predators the other component of that is

they need enough current to help them

breathe and push water through their

gills and they need enough current to

feed them so between those three things

that's how they choose their their place

that they're going to live

fight us on Nikki we're good fluoride is

all he is a huge monster that is a guy

that's a trophy fish

especially in this autumn like this oh I

don't believe it you should have seen

the size of that one oh that's got the

adrenaline going yeah that was pretty

cool especially I mean we're in this

white water right here they I mean

that's about a three pound fish let's

say but they fight unbelievably well in

this fast water

it was great okay let's go ahead and

let's go fueled up filled up fish that's

what it is it's did your boat style

fishing that we're doing really appeals

to all skill levels the great thing

about as a beginner is you're not having

to hike around in the brush and snag

your back cast and a tree behind it

you're not going to get your line

tangled around a bunch of sticks at your

feet and go through some of the

frustrations that you do in fly-fishing

as a beginner by getting out on the boat

you get 12 miles of river to cast at if

you miss a cast or you make a mistake

yes play a couple seconds and other

targets coming up there's no limit to

how many opportunities you get during

the day inversely for an advanced angler

this river offers some really unique

challenges that you don't see on other

rivers and there really is an

exponential reward based on casting

skill the advanced anglers are loved

this too just as much as the inners

got it

thank you good yeah that was awesome

yeah congratulations it took us a little

while but we got it done and the first

one's always hardest

after that they usually start jump in

the boat so we'll see what happens but

that was pretty neat in the fast water

like that that's one thing really unique

about our river that may be different

from work that where you're from is

these big fast currents like this I mean

I'm a couple feet from the bank and I

can hardly stand even just right here

it's it's very unique good high picket

now bring it into a little more firm we

have your high stick good gently did

that rot

you got to do just like that

there yes

the next rock when you get writeable old

is next Rock right now mixed white water

okay go for it look further back on your

back now

there you go I stick just up no man's

keep high-sticking got one dellons hit

the Hooksett hook i watched him eat that

that was good yet to fish on at once

wow that was cool that was awesome

yeah that was incredible now I Nicky we

do that all the time we're always

looking to a long ride and his feet

would haven't small ones get on

should have seen the other one

if you're planning an adventure to the

Yakima my number one piece of advice

would be to hire a guy it is a good boat

River especially from June through

August when the flow is very high this

river is managed for irrigation it comes

out of a dam it's a tail water so it

really is difficult waiting fishing if

you have a do-it-yourself passion and

you want to plan your own adventure you

can bring your own drift boat you can

rent a raft or fishing raft or reds fly

shop here if you don't want to do that

or if you prefer to finish on foot I

would really recommend coming out in

September October November or February

March or April and first half of May

that time of year would be very good to


are you gonna push me out

we're each way out there

there's a guy to twelve seasons I've

seen a lot of anglers at different skill

levels and I always give the same advice

to everyone that's just to practice your

Caston just get out there take your

Robin out in the backyard it's free you

don't have to pay for it you don't have

to buy anything and you can use the

Internet you can research casting

lessons and tips and ideas and improve

your skills before you actually get to

the river

it's like going and playing golf before

you've ever even in a range ball go do a

little practice

get your game dialed in and then come

out and it'll help you make the most out

of your adventure the Yakima River for

me has become a very special place and I

know your love of fly-fishing adventure

here on the river you'll see all sorts

of wildlife in a stunning unspoiled

natural environment the fishing is epic

and with the help of Joe and Red's fly

shot it's an adventure I will never

forget let's just hope Joe and Red's fly

shop invite me back for a spot more

drift boat fly fishing for awesome

wild rainbow trout in the near future