What to Expect in May
Hatches divided by half-month.
Super Major Minor Slight None
If you visit this remote stillwater in May, look for fish in the shallows. Remember, Mann's trout often congregate in pods of dozens of fish--sometimes it seems like every fish in the lake is packed into 100 square feet of water.
Carry drab beadhead flies in size 14, red midge pupa patterns, and size 10-12 midge pupa patterns with a black body and silver or white ribbing. Also pack some large flies, such as a size 4 Woolly Bugger or Matts Fur, and use them with a sinking line. Vary your retrieve. Sometimes a very fast retrieve is needed to induce a strike.
Some action should continue through the end of the May. After Memorial Day, I'd forget about this lake until fall.
For more information on May fishing, see the Lakes section of the General Oregon Report