Effective East Lake Flies

I haven’t fished any lakes yet this year, but hopefully that will change this week. I think East Lake will be my fishing destination in a couple of days. I thought I’d use my own resources to refresh my memory for a few effective East Lake flies I need in my fly box. I created a separate fly box for East Lake called…you guessed it, East Lake Fly Box. In addition, I looked in the Lake Flies box to see if I missed anything.

I can’t wait to get back up there. It’s a very peaceful place when the wind isn’t blowing.

East Lake September | www.johnkreft.com

If you are a regular RiverKeeper Flies reader, you might remember my post entitled Fishing East Lake a couple of years ago. I talked about the flies I needed there as well and which flies worked for us. Continue reading

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Recent Changes

Every once in awhile, I create a Recent Changes post to catch you up on what’s been happening behind the scenes at RiverKeeper Flies. And this is the week for it.

Did you notice the Youtube video my wife took recently at the Central Oregon Sportsman Show in Redmond, Oregon? She was there with a few of the Next Cast Flyfishers (our club’s youth flyfishers) as they staffed the Sportsman’s fishing pond. Yes, those are Next Cast Flyfishers attempting to corral the monster trout! If you missed it, be sure to check it out. I laugh out loud every time I watch the video.

Over the past few months, you might have seen a few additional fly patterns. Or perhaps noticed I added an East Lake Fly Box. Continue reading

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Lake Fly Order

I’m finishing a lake fly order today. Karen and I were fishing Diamond Lake with friends last fall and had great success on Dennys Stillwater Nymph. While our friends caught fish, we had a tremendous day and only used one fly pattern…Dennys Stillwater Nymph. (I wrote about our experience in a previous post – Fly Fishing at Diamond Lake)

We use it primarily in the following colors and fish them in sizes 12 & 14.

Dennys Stillwater Nymph – Burnt Orange Back

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August Flies

Well, it’s here…the dog days of summer. You may recall I recently wrote a post called The River Wins. I’ve had some up and down days since writing that. But that’s to be expected this time of year. I haven’t given up. So I thought I’d provide a list of August flies I’ll be fishing.

Rainbow with Beetle Bailey|www.johnkreft.com

The lakes are fishing well in my area. Callibaetis mayflies are still coming off. Here’s the flies that have worked for me lately. Continue reading

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Lake Flies

One inch long and green. What?

Yup, if there’s any question about what lake flies to use, a friend of mine always says “Try something one inch long and green.”

Dennys Stillwater Nymph

Denny's Stillwater Nymph | www.johnkreft.com

I like simple flies for a variety of reasons, but even that recommendation is a little too simple for me. It’s like saying – just fish with an Adams.

Parachute Adams

Parachute Adams|www.johnkreft.com

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Callibaetis Mayflies

Callibaetis mayflies are a staple of lake fishing.

I fished East Lake last weekend with Central Oregon Project Healing Waters. It was my first time this year on a lake and I’d heard the Callibaetis mayflies were out. So I checked the “provider box” (that’s what my wife calls it) to see what Callibaetis mayflies I had to choose from. It was a little low, so off to the fly tying bench I went. Tied my version of Fred’s Callibaetis Nymph, some Sparkle Duns, and a new spinner pattern I’d found recently – Harrop’s Callibaetis Paraspinner. I’ve tied the Paraspinner for PMDs and wanted to tie some up for a Callibaetis mayfly.

Provider Box

Provider Box | johnkreft.com

I got to the lake and found a few spinners on the water when I started fishing around 9:30. I wanted to spend some time checking out the lake before getting a Vet in the boat and trying to get them into fish. Here is a picture of one of the Callibaetis spinners I found on the water. Note the clear wing:

Callibaetis Spinner | johnkreft.com

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