East Lake

Recent Reports


Fishing remains good, with Callibaetis hatches throughout the day. Kyle at Fly and Field Outfitters suggests a 5X tippet for better success. Fred at The Hook notes that most fish are in 25 feet of water. Streamers on an intermediate line are a good option for larger (but fewer) brown trout. Brown trout fishing will be best in low light conditions along weedy areas and rocks areas, because browns are ambushers and look for places to hide while they wait for their prey. Jeff at The Fly Fisher's Place suggests midge larva patterns in deeper water: "I’ve been using an all red larvae pattern on the bottom with an olive or black pupa 2 feet up in about 16 to 18 feet of water." Jeff adds, "Wind Drifting is good most of the time. We were using type 3 sinking lines and fishing in deeper water starting but last week we found more fish in 12 to 15 feet and switched to an intermediate line. A small olive flashback PT


Fishing has been good. Look for midday hatches of Callibaetis and evening hatches of midges.


Major Hatches for September

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Size 14-16 Pheasant Tail. Brown


Size 14-16 Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit


Size 14-16 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Adams, Comparadun. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

► Look for midday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) hatches.

► Hatches have a resurgence around mid-September. These late hatches are usually size 16 insects, and they are a little darker than the Callibaetis you saw earlier in the year.

► Be prepared to fish all stages of the hatch: nymph, emerger, dun, spinner.

► You can also do well with an intermediate line when you use a slow retrieve of a Flashback Pheasant Tail.


Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns


Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift


Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing

► A streamer such as a morrish Sculpin or Woolly Bugger will pick up brown trout or rainbows when fished from an intermediate line; your best chances will be during low light periods such as dawn and dusk.


September Tips


► As the month moves on, afternoon and evening fishing will be best because the mornings can be pretty chilly; Paulina Peak is not in Oregon's banana belt.


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Other Info Sources

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fin and Fire 541/548-1503

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Hook 541-593-2358

The Patient Angler 541-389-6208

Sunriver Fly Shop 541-593-8814