East Lake

Click header to see details

06/01:

East Lake is off to a slow start, which is typical. It should improve with warmer weather.

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


Emerger

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

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

Spinner

Size 14-16 Rusty Spinner. Tan to brown

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

► During a hatch, use a Callibaetis Cripple, Sparkle Dun, or similar fly with a chuck-and-sit presentation.

► The water near the East Lake Campground is a good spot to look for these mayflies to emerge at midday.

► Trout will feed on nymphs for a couple of hours before the hatch. Take advantage of this and cast a nymph pattern, then retrieve it slooooooowly; use an intermediate line with a long leader. A Flashback Pheasant Tail, size 14-16, should work quite well. In my experience, a Flashback PT outfishes a regular PT by 3-to-1 during this hatch. The reason is that many nymphs develop a shiny back just before they hatch, and trout look for this feature.

► Expect late-morning to mid-afternoon hatches, with the stronger hatches near the end of the month.

Pupa

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

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

► When seeking large brown trout, work your fly near rocky outcrops and ledges; browns like to hang out in these areas so they can ambush their prey. Also, during low light conditions--dawn, dusk, cloudy days--brown trout may prowl the shallow water; so don't stop fishing just because it's getting dark, and don't sleep in. Be very, very stealthy.

► It's hard to go too far wrong with a leech pattern or a Woolly Bugger on a clear intermediate line.

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

Trout


► As crowds and fishing pressure increase, the fish will become more wary. When this happens, lengthen your leader to 15 feet, 6X, and concentrate your fishing during low-light times of day (dawn, dusk, cloudy days).

General


► Black bears are common in this area. If you camp, store your food in the car and not in your tent.
La Pine

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

What to expect in