The upper Yakima in the fall is simply beautiful; it features spectacular foliage, clear and shallow water, a complete absence of other anglers, and great fishing. The river was replete with salmon carcasses and reds, the choice of groceries for big trout was obvious. We began with nymphing rigs featuring a Pats stone and a single egg dropper. Our first big fish was a twenty three inch cutthroat; when it was at hand two anglers and a happy guide exchanged high fives. A highlight of the later morning was a prodigious hatch of blue winged olives and small caddis flies; the trout did not give this offering any love. A few October caddis were winging about and Jim decided to change his offering to an outsized stimulator and was almost immediately rewarded with a nineteen inch cutty. Both of our big fish were in prime condition and beautifully colored. Lunch on the river featured a steak, salad, and desert, Mike and Ellensburg Anglers know how to do the deal! We continued to fish the stimulator for the remainder of the day and had continued success. It was a great day on the upper Yakima!