East 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

► During a hatch, the rainbows and kokanee might take a dry fly of the wrong size, but the brown trout won't.

► 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.

► Hatches of Callibaetis will occur most days and will entice the lake's kokanee, rainbows, and a few browns to the surface.

► August's hatches are usually weaker than July's.


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

► Although most hatches will be in the evening, some days will see afternoon or morning hatches, too.

► 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.


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 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

► A tactic for big browns is to cast a large streamer pattern on a sinking line.

► When seeking big brown trout, fish the legal maximum: be on the water and fishing at one hour before dawn; then again in the evening right up to one hour after sunset. The reason is that the browns are nocturnal and feed more aggressively in low light. Concentrate on areas with rocky structure.


Traveling sedges sometimes hatch here. Size 10-12 flies, such as a Goddard Caddis, can work when skated across the surface.

► The first thing I do at East Lake is check the prevailing wind direction. Then I fish the shore that the wind is blowing towards. That's where the food piles up, and trout follow the food.

► During the dog days you might do best in deep water.


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

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