Hosmer Lake

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10/02:

Expect canoe, kayak, and SUP traffic, especially on weekends; to avoid them, fish very early and very late. Leech patterns and streamers can work well this time of year. Midge fishing can also be good. The lake will cool quickly as fall/winter weather settles in.

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. It won't last, though, as the weather cools down.

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

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.

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

► 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.

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 Hosmer.

Ant



Adult

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

► Early in the month you might do well with an ant imitation.

Trout


► Because Hosmer is at the north end of the Cascade Lakes Highway and backs up to South Sister, winter weather hits it earlier and harder than other fisheries in the area. Winter could come before the end of the month.

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