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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Late summer fishing choices abound east of the Cascades

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

I am faced with a tough choice these days.

The fishing for chinook salmon on the Upper Columbia, particularly at the Brewster Pool and below Wells Dam is very good right now.

Another fishing opportunity I wait for every summer just got started, and that’s fly fishing our small streams.

Do I hit the Columbia with the chance of hooking a king weighing up to 30 pounds, or do I go wade the Icicle or Entiat and catch 9-inch rainbow. I know most of you think I am crazy to think this is much of a decision.

Don’t get me wrong I like doing battle with these big, summer run salmon. But there’s something about the solitude and scenery when I am fishing for small trout on these local streams that I really love. When I am out there wading around and casting to the small pools behind the boulders I just don’t think of anything else.

I am totally focused on the drifting fly. When a small rainbow hits it I often laugh as they jump, doing 360s like they were a big steelhead. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer day, too. I hope you get the chance to try this sometime. It’s downright addictive.

For details or to get Graybill’s weekly report visit Dave Graybill’s website.

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