First Callibaetis Hatches of The Season

East Lake - La Pine, OR (Deschutes County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Fly Fishers's Place

by The Fly Fishers Place

East Lake is finally seeing the 1st Callibaetis hatches of the season. It’s a late start, but the fish are eating dries finally. This week when I was up there we did best on Chironomids (Chromies) in about 8-10 feet of water fishing one a foot off the bottom and the dropper about 3 feet off the bottom. If you haven’t used a Corq indicator yet, get some for this shallow water nymphing. 

So far, wind drifting has been a bust for me. I heard from some friends they drifted the EL Camp Ground shoal with good success and picked up nice fish between the shoreline and the hump. But the wind has been super swirly the days Ive been and a consistent wind direction and general wind speed is needed for a successful wind drift. 

BTW, on Memorial Day I personally caught a kokanee on a chironomid that was 17″. Since then on the last 5 days of guiding my clients are catching kokanee in the 6 to 8 inch range. I am curious to know what others are finding on kokanee size there. Shoot me a message if you’re seeing decent size koke’s. BTW, the rainbow spawn along the shorelines seems to be finally about over and that is great. Yes, there are still some bow’s going through the motions, but there aren’t as many meaning those fish have entered the feeding society of the rest of the fish in the lake and are acting normal again. Its frustrating when so many of the rainbows are trying to spawn on the shorelines because they are not feeding really and they are vulnerable.

More Reports

The Fly Fishers Place Reports
for Saturday, June 13th

Metolius River: Drakes Are Still On
Lower Deschutes River: Overall Superb Fishing Each Day
McKenzie River: The McKenzie is Good
Crooked River: Crooked River is Good Below Bowman Dam
Fall River: Fall River is Always Great This Time of Year

The Fly Fishers Place Reports
for Friday, June 5th

Metolius River: Metolius River is Fishing Well
Three Creek Lake: 3 Creeks Lake is All Snow Free
McKenzie River: Mckenzie is Outstanding With Dry Flies
Lower Deschutes River: Lower Deschutes is Great
Upper Deschutes River: Upper Deschutes Report
Hosmer Lake: Afternoon Fishing Has Been Picking Up
East Lake: East Lake FIshing Report
Fall River: Fall River is Fishing Well
Crooked River: Mixed Reports on The Crooked