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East Lake, Callibeatis, & Sage Circa Rods

Headed to East Lake yesterday for some callibeatis dry fly action, and as usual, East Lake was not to disappoint!  I also had the opportunity to fish my new Sage Circa 589, and I must say, Sage hit that rod out of the ball park.  Arguably the finest dry fly rod I have ever cast, period!  Smooth, quiet, soft, clean, accurate, flat out AWESOME, are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind when talking about the Circa..  For years my dedicated dry fly rod has been an original G. Loomis GLX 490.  It’s performed amorality through the years, but I’m afraid it may not see too much action any longer..  It’s just hard to describe the new Circa…

The fishing, well East is known for its epic Callibeatis hatches, and while I would not call yesterdays hatch epic, it did happen and the fish were looking up.  We landed several rainbows in the 18″ class range and lost many more.  The “Blackwater” strain of rainbows ODFW has been stocking the lake with have teeth, and 5x tipped resulted in several lost flies on the take!!  If you go make sure and take plenty of flies, the fish don’t like tipped much larger than 5x, and they’ll take there share..

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Central Oregon sky’s on East!

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In the Net!

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Sage Circa 589 Gettin it Done!

Enjoy!

Hud

Hud’s Indicator Damsel

Here is a video for a killer fly pattern for indicator fishing still waters!  Tie it on as your bottom fly, and make sure it’s tied with a no slip loop knot..  Hang as many bugs above it as you want, I usually just fish two, and depending on the hatch conditions they may be a nymph or a chironomid.

 

Indicator Jig

Huds Indicator Damsel Part – 1

Huds Indicator Damsel Part – 2

Enjoy!

Hud

The Video World!

Thats right, you heard it, I thought I might give a go at the video world..  For fly tying anyway!  So here is the first, hopefully there will be more!!

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The olive Crane Bugger “click the Picture for the video”

Crane Bugger Fly Tying Video

Enjoy!

Hud

The ClackaMax hits Paulina Lake!

Ox and I made it up to Paulina Lake on Saturday to try out some indicator tactics I have been reading about.  While I am pretty sure I still have lots to lean about this style of fishing, several things really started to make some since, as well they worked!  Fishing chironomids or micro leaches, or nymphs under an indicator is actually quite a challenging way to fish.  And while technical, it can be very rewarding if done  properly..  We fished primarily chironomids under an indicator, and did very well with constant take downs, and several hookups.  while none of the fish were of great size, 16″ max, we did land several, even in spite of a very insignificant midge hatch.  Changing up to an olive micro leech proved successful also..  And topping it all off with a small mayfly nymph was also rewarding..  Stripping streamers, and trolling flies proved to be futile, and we had no fish with those techniques!

So, what to do next, well the more I learn about this indicator fishing, the more I keep thinking about the big Bow’s in Crane Prairie!  Although I have sworn that lake off, I may need to give it another try with some additional knowledge…  We’ll see.

Indicator Tactics

Indicator Tactics

Decisions Decisions!  Selecting the right pattern can make, or break you day!

Decisions Decisions! Selecting the right pattern can make, or break your day!

Enjoy

Hud

1st trip to East Lake

Made it up to East Lake on Saturday.  With the warmer weather coming in, we were really hoping to see the Callibaetis start hatching, but no such luck.  I would say fishing was a little tough.  The NWS called for light winds out of the N to 6 mph.  What we really saw was winds out of the NW 7 gusting to 20!

We stripped buggers, we fished dry midge patterns, we had lunch at the lodge, (by the way, there burgers are AWESOME), then we switched up and fished chironomids for a while and ended up trolling nymphs and buggers..  The only fish we caught were a couple on dry midge patterns, and on the chironomids.  In all we landed 4 or 5 dinkers a nice 18″ and 16″ Rainbow and 1 13″ Atlantic Salmon..  Needless to say, I will be working on my chironomid game, as that seemed to be the most productive, and there were TONS of midges on the water!

East Lake Rainbow Trout 6-1-13

East Lake Rainbow Trout 6-1-13

Enjoy

Hud