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Tenkara on the Yak

Yakima in Ellensburg

Yakima in Ellensburg

The Yakima River is the premiere blue-ribbon trout river in Washington State and has been one of my favorite places to fish for the last 20 years.   This season I focused so much on the small Cascade and foothill rivers on the west side that I never did the drive over Snoqualmie Pass to fish the Yakima except very early in the season when I was over for a snowshoe race.   The Yakima is a big river,  you can rarely wade across it and it is primarily fished from drift boats.  In the fall the water levels drop and wading is at least not a life threatening experience.  After a season using nothing but tenkara for trout though I just had to see how fishing a big river with tenkara would be so I packed my Amago and Yamame, headed over I-90 and pulled into Ellensburg at 10 a.m. under sunny skies and temps finally climbing into the 40s.   After a quick stop at Worley Bugger Fly Co. I decided to start right in town at Rinehart Park where the water is a bit smaller and less crowded than the fabled canyon waters below town.

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