Cultus Lake Fishing Report

Cultus Lake - La Pine, OR (Deschutes County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Fly Fishers Place

by The Fly Fishers Place

Cultus Lake was pretty cool. Look, its not Crane Prairie or East but it is gorgeous and clear and the water was 65 degrees with active fish all over. But we were the only anglers on the lake with miles and miles and miles of shore line to fish. We caught a bunch of small rainbows to about 14 inches. Red Chubby’s with a Nymph Dropper (2 bit hooker was best) was incredible. Fishing Chironomids under an indicator was good along the drop off’s and around the log jams. I killed ’em on a Type 7 full sinking line with a balanced leech on the tag, with a chironomid dropper on the bottom tag and a Callibaetis nymph on the upper tag, casting along the drop off’s with about 25 feet of line out in 30 feet of water, (more line if it was deeper) and letting it stay tight on the drop, then going to a hang down, letting it sit for a bit waiting for a strike and then slowly hand twisting it back up towards the boat. The active nature of this type of nymphing is fun and you’ll get fish on the drop, the hang and the retrieve. Try it! I’m glad we did and we will be back.

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