Lava Lake

Recent Reports

10/11:

Trout are moving out of deep water and into the shallows. Leech and midge imitations will be the ticket for the rest of the season. Expect fishing to be slow in the mornings.

09/28:

Midges, Callibaetis, and leeches are providing the action for anglers. With cooler weather, trout will be more willing to move into the shallower water, but many are still in the deeper spots, as well. So be prepared to fish deep as well as near-surface.

 

Major Hatches for October

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

► Expect an early-October resurgence of these hatches. They will fade quickly, however, as the weather cools down.

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

Pupa

Size 8-16 Soft Hackle, . Body: black, brown, white; Shroud: tan

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

Adult

Size 10-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Caddis, X Caddis. Body: black, brown, white, cream

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: chuck-and-sit

Pupa

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

► 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.

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

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

► Always a good choice for lakes.

Ant



Adult

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

 

October Tips

Trout


► Look for trout along the western shore, northwest corner, and the south shore near the lodge.

 

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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