Lava Lake

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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

► Hatches can start in mid- to late-morning and go until mid-afternoon.

► For several hours before the hatch, trout will feed on active, swimming nymphs. Cast your fly and retrieve it very slowly, using an intermediate line with a long leader. A Flashback Pheasant Tail, size 14-16, should work quite well.

► Some Callibaetis hatches will occur this month, although August is not the best month for Callibaetis at this altitude.


Size 4-10 Soft Hackle, . Brown, green , yellow, gray

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: slow retrieve, verticle retrieve


Size 4-10 Elk Hair Caddis, Goddard Caddis, Stimulator. Body: brown, green, yellow, gray

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: skating

► Evening hatches may occur. Try a size 8-10 Goddard Caddis.


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

► The trick is to match the size and color of the pupae (size is more important than color). Experiment until you find which colors/sizes the trout prefer. Narrow it to size first, then refine your choice of color. Of course, once you've got it all figured out it will be dark and you'll have to quit. And the next night they'll probably want something completely different. That's midge fishing in August.

► You might find good evening hatches fishing along the shallow north shore, the west shore, and to the west of the resort.


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 10-16 Parachute Ant, Ant. Black, brown, red-brown

► Ants often blow out of pine trees and onto the lake when the wind picks up, creating a "mystery" hatch.


► Trout are spending most of their time in deeper water, often over 20 feet down. You might entice them with a heavy sinking line and Woolly Bugger or leech pattern; try green or rust colored flies.

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