East Lake

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10/02:

Fishing continues to be good. Callibaetis hatches are fading fast as the weather cools. East Lake starts to get cold this time of year, so you may find better fishing in the warmer parts of the day. Fish are spread throughout the lake, but you'll probably do best in the shallow areas. That said, some anglers are doing well with a deep midge tactic in 15-20 feet of water. Be prepared with midge pupa patterns and leech imitations.

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


Nymph

Size 14-16 Pheasant Tail. Brown

Emerger

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

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

Dun

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

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

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

► Expect an early-October resurgence of these hatches if it isn't too cold. After mid-month, however, they will quickly fade.

Pupa

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

► When trout are midging, a Sprout Midge or Griffiths Gnat can work well, but a pupa pattern is always a good choice.

► Trout can be very picky about size and color of the pupa. You may need to swap flies several times to find the right combination. You can speed up this process by fishing two pupa at once and noting which one the trout show more interest in.

► Look for midge hatches at any time of day, and cast a midge pupa pattern on a floating line when you see feeding trout. Let your cast sit quietly and try to stay awake. When you see a subtle swirl near your fly, tighten up.

Adult

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

► Due to the large population of brown trout, leeches are always a good choice here. Rocky areas are good ambush sites for brown trout, so work your fly around them.

Adult

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

► Like leeches, baitfish imitation are always a good choice here.

Trout


► This high lake (nearly 6,400 feet) gets cold fast. As the weather cools, night temperatures will dip into the teens and below, and fishing will cool off as well. When the thermometer heads south, the best fishing will be midday and evening. And after an extended cold spell, the best fishing will be next June.

General


► If you camp here, be sure to store your food well. There are black bears that are looking for an easy meal.
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