The Yakima River is a fly fisherman’s favorite for catching Rainbow and Cutthroat trout. Summer’s the best time to fish in this blue-ribbon river, but fishermen come here year-round. Miles of scenic river meander through the Yakima Canyon, making the area one of the premier spots for fishing in the Northwest. The canyon is 27 miles long, with 21 of those in Kittitas County.
Vehicle Use Permits are free when purchasing a fishing or hunting license or a Watchable Wildlife Decal package.
Vehicle Use Permits are required for anyone using a Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFD) access area. They are clearly marked and specifically made for parking. The permits can be used for up to two vehicles. Place permits in full view from outside the vehicle and have the vehicle’s license plate number written on the permit. Federal lands require a different permit, so be aware where you are parking and make sure you have the right permit! For more permit information go to: WDFW Licensing & Permits/Fishing
Welcome to Brazda’s Fly Fishing, Washington’s premier fly-fishing guide service specializing in trout, salmon and steelhead fly fishing. We operate year-round and offer full service guided trips throughout Washington State including the Olympic Peninsula, Methow River, Klickitat River, Naches River, Washington’s only Blue Ribbon trout fishery, the Yakima River.
We are your premier Orvis-endorsed fly fishing outfitter for the Yakima River, Naches River, and Rocky Ford Spring Creek in central Washington. Our patient, friendly guide staff will always strive to give you the fishing experience of a lifetime regardless of age or skill level. Our guides have a passion for the sport that is hard to deny. We hope you will consider us for your next fly fishing outing!
Lake Easton State Park
Positioned on the shores of Lake Easton in the Cascade Mountain foothills, relax and recreate year-round at Lake Easton State Park. Discover the picturesque mountain views and explore the scenic hiking trails. Come for a restful afternoon or spend a few days camping.
Mattoon Lake is located just on the outskirts of Ellensburg. Open season is year-round. This lake offers good fishing for 8 to 14 inch rainbow trout. Larger rainbows are planted each year. Also brood stock rainbows in the 6 to 12 pound range are stocked in late fall. Mattoon offers a good bank fishing opportunity for those who do not have boats, although the lake gets quite weedy during the summer months.
McCabe Pond is located five miles southeast of Ellensburg within Helen McCabe State Park. The small pond is excellent in the early spring for stocked 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout and some jumbo trout. Channel catfish up to eight pounds have also been caught here!
Red’s Fly Shop has been outfitting fly fishing trips on the Yakima River for over 30 years, and they now use this experience to connect anglers all over the world with adventures and tackle. Their unique riverside location allows them to operate with a quality and efficiency that other services are not able to match.
Top Fly Guide Service is a professional fly-fishing guiding service in Eastern Washington, owned and operated by Nathan Schepker. Top Fly is comprised of associate guides with a love for conservation and outdoors, spending many days of the year fishing on our only Blue Ribbon River in Washington state.
Wanapum Lake is a reservoir on the Columbia River. The best way to access this lake is the Vantage Boat Launch located alongside Interstate-90, a popular gem with well-maintained restrooms and a short trail that leads to a tiny marina. There is an abundance of boat trailer parking and picnic tables, so even on the hottest of days, there’s likely room for you!
Worley Bugger Fly Co is a Professional Fly-Fishing Outfitter and operate on a year a round basis from their brick & mortar, Pro Shop in Ellensburg, Washington, the heart of the Yakima River Valley. For over two decades now, WBFC has set the standard in delivering the highest quality fly fishing adventures in Central Washington.
The Yakima above Roza Dam is widely considered the best trout fishing rivers in Washington. The best catches are in March, September and October for wild rainbows averaging 11 inches or more. Larger rainbows in the 13 to 16 inch range are not uncommon. Fly fishing is especially good in September and October, although fished year around.