Naches River Rainbow Trout
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing the Naches River Washington
The Naches River begins as the Little Naches River. It is
a seventy-five mile long tributary of the Yakima River in
central Washington state. The river drains a portion of
the eastern side of the Cascade Mountain range. Below
the confluence of the Little Naches and the Bumping
River, the name changes to the Naches River.

In its uppermost reaches, the Naches River basin flows
through rugged mountains. It is better describes as a
wildernesses. The lower Naches River and its main
tributary the Tieton River, flows through open valleys
near Yakima. This is where the Naches River joins the
Yakima River.

The river's name comes from the Indian words "naugh",
meaning rough or turbulent, and "chez", meaning water.
Whoever named the river choose a good name because
that well describes most of it. Fly fishing the Naches
River when wading can be challenging at time due to the
rough water.

The Naches River isn't very fishable until about the end
of June due to runoff. The Naches has both rainbow and
cutthroat with an average size probably in the 12 inch
range. There are larger trout and some may approach
18 inches in length.

One benefit of fly fishing the Naches River is the fact you
will probably see few other anglers. it isn't a highly
pressured trout stream because of it's nearby more
popular sister the Yakima River. The river is normally
floated by drift boat during the high water season.
During the Summer the upper part is usually too low to
use a drift boat. The lower section usually can be fished
by boat during the Summer.

The fishing season on the Naches River opens the first
Saturday in June and runs through the month of October.
Runoff can dingy the water but otherwise fishing is
usually great during the Spring because of the
numerous aquatic insect hatches.
Fly fishing the Naches River by wading is usually best
during the Summertime due to the normal low water
Early fall usually offers good fishing opportunities.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies
Type of Stream

Rainbow Trout (Wild)
Cutthroat (Native)
Cut-bows (hybrids)
Bull Trout

Small to large - 70 miles of trout water

Central Washington

Nearest Towns

First Sat. of June through October


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State of Washington

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Naches River Washington
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