Tag Archives: Paulina Lake

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

Tying Giant Streamers with Polar Pony

After seeing some of Steve Silverio’s patterns in person at IFTD I got the bug and decided to try my hand at it.  Basically Polar Pony is hair from the Icelandic Horse, very long and translucent, it acts and ties very similar to bucktail.  While I think my streamers can most certainly use some work, I do see the benefits to using Polar Pony over Bucktail for extremely large patterns..  So keep watching, I’m not done with this stuff yet!!

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4 streamers tied with Polar Pony as the main ingredients.

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Keep in mind these are tied on 6/0 Gamakatsu SL12S and are around 12″ long.

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

Back to Paulina Lake!

Scott and I hitched up the Skeeter and headed to Paulina for a day of fishing over the long holiday weekend.  Did I mention the temperature?  Warm, it was NOT, cold, it was NOT, “butt ass freezing”, it WAS.. The water temp was a balmy 38 deg when we launched the boat at 5:00am.  The air temp was 8 deg colder than that!  It warmed up all the way to a chilly 42 deg by 2:00pm when we left!!

We stripped streamers until the sun “should have” came out, and then switched over to a indicator setup with chironomids and nymphs.  We each caught a doz fish or so, ranging from 12″- 18″.  Mostly rainbows, but also got a couple of browns as well as 1 kokanee each..  Pretty cool actually, we slammed Paulina Lake!!

COOOOOLD!!

 

An average Rainbow!

 

We were actually looking for his Great GREAT Grandpa!!

Enjoy!

Hud