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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill chases rainbows at an east side winter fly-fishing spot

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

I know a lot of fly anglers that get a little twitchy this time of year. It has been a long time since they have had a fly rod in their hands, and they need relief.

This is why Rocky Ford Creek near Ephrata is so popular. The stream is spring fed and stays a fairly constant temperature year-round, so it never freezes.

It is also full of big rainbow.

I made a trip to Rocky Ford recently, and had a blast.

The weather turned out to be fairly warm and there was no wind at all, which is a blessing when fly fishing.

I started at the bottom end and worked my way up, and caught fish all along the way. I am not suggesting that I had fast action, but I had a bunch of hits, lost a few, was broken off a couple of times and landed rainbow of 18 inches.

The fish were in beautiful condition and full of fight. I was using several different patterns, and lucky for me the fish were aggressive. I had my best luck on white Bunny Leeches, but also got fish on Olive Leeches and Egg patterns. This was my first trip to the Ford this year and now I am anxious to get back.

For details or Graybill’s weekly report visit his website at http://www.fishingmagician.com/.

 

 

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