East lake is Fishing Decent

East Lake - La Pine, OR (Deschutes County)

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by Fly and Field Outfitters

East Lake fishing is decent. The heat wave has undoubtedly made fishing more difficult. It’s extremely hard to predict how the aquatic insects and fish will react to the extreme temperatures. Dry fly fishing will likely only be productive in the early morning and late afternoon. Terrestrials are a good bet, as are callibaetis. Damsels are a great hot weather lake fly, specifically the nymphs. Put a balanced damsel under an indicator or slowly retrieve a non-balanced damsel, both work well. Callibaetis nymphs and chironomids are good to put under an indicator. Birds nests and dark assassins are also decent choices. Stripping leeches and streamers is a great way to search for fish. I would target deeper water than typical while the heat is here and I wouldn’t bother fishing during the middle of the day. This heat can be deadly, please prepare properly. Here’s a blog post to inform you about keeping yourself and the fish safe during the heat.


Suggested Dries: Parachute Callibaetis #14 - 16, Hackle Stacker Callibaetis #14 - 16, CDC Flying Ant #16, Black Flying Ant #16, Black Stimulator #16, High Vis Beetle #16, Purple Haze #14-18, Parachute Adams #14-18, Tilt Wing Mahogany #16-18

Suggested Nymphs: Dark Assassin #14-18, Bird’s Nest Hare’s Ear #14-18, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Prince Nymph #14-18, Poxyback Callibaetis #16-18, Feather Duster Callibaetis #16-18, Flashback PT #14-18, Black Lightning Bug #14-18, Black or Red Zebra Midge #16-18, Juju Chironomid #14-16, Black or Red Ice Cream Cone #14-16, Black Yankee Buzzer #14, Bruised Balanced Leech #14, Balanced Damsel #14, Dainty Damsel #14, Scotts Damsel #14

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