April 2019 CFF Fishing Reports

The Clackamas Fly Fishers board retreat at Rocky Ridge was a big success with many large trout landed. The wind was blowing hard but the trout were on the bite. There’s lots of room on the Rocky Ridge schedule so get over there!

Don Lewis with a Yakutat Steelhead on his father & son trip with Gary Lewis.

Don Lewis traveled to Yakutat to fish for steelhead with his son Gary. They had a great father/son trip and hooked many steelhead!

In mid April Chris Dudley made the journey to Omak Lake to fish with his sister Cynthia and other friends. The fishing was a little slow with 6 fish landed in two days, but all the fish were big! The best techniques were slow trolling a woolly bugger on an intermediate line or suspending balanced leeches below an indicator. Wind was a problem for the pontoon boats so most fish were taken from shore on this trip.

Chris Dudley and his son Jason and fished Justesen Ranch Lakes April 19-21, with four pairs of fathers and sons. They did very well with suspended leeches, chironomids and dark woolly buggers, but by far the best fly was the Jolly Rancher, obtained a the  Deschutes River Fly Shop in Maupin. The largest was 22 inches, with many at 16-19″. A great time had by all. The best chironomid patterns were chrome, snow cone and black in medium sizes fished just before dark.

Darryl Huff got this net busting Redside on the Deschutes River opening weekend.

Darryl Huff fished the Warm Springs section of the Deschutes when it opened on Monday April 22nd. The water was high running at 6300 CFS but the color was ok. Crowds were expected but the high water and Monday opener kept most away. No single fly was best Darryl caught trout plenty of 12-18″ trout on the san juan worm, zebra midge, blue perdigon, olive sculpin, glow bug plus multiple stone fly patterns.


Pyramid Lake Fishing Trip

Pyramid Lake is located 30 miles North of Reno Nevada. It’s a large picturesque High Desert lake, 29 miles long and 8 miles wide with 188 square surface miles.

What makes Pyramid Lake a destination adventure is the fish, Lahontan Cutthroat trout. Fish exceeding 30 pounds are being landed. Best time to catch these special fish is when the water is cold, mid October till the end of April. That’s when these big fish patrol the shore line looking for food. When the water warms they head for deep water & out of the reach of fly fisherman.

Equipment

– 6 to 9wt rods with matching reel & lots of backing

– Floating, intermediate & fast sinking fly lines

– 10 to 15 pound leaders

– Flies- buggers, balanced leaches, popcorn beetles, boobies, chironomid pupa & streamers

– waders, layered clothing, be ready for everything, it’s high desert, can be cold & windy

– Step ladder, nice but not necessary, helps keep you out of the cold water

– Float tube, pontoon boat

Pyramid lake is on the Paiute Indian reservation. I’ve found the people and businesses to be friendly & happy you are there. Tribal fishing permits are $11 a day or $28 for 3 days. Camping is available. Reno is 30 minutes away.

Information? Just Google up Pyramid lake, there’s a ton of information about this fishery. This a destination fishery without the high cost, should be on your “Bucket” list.

The plan

I’m leaving early Saturday morning March 24th to attend the CFF Fish-A-Long on the Crooked River. Afterwards I’ll proceed to Pyramid lake to fish the lake for 3 days before going to the Owyhee river in Eastern Oregon. Late March is prime time to fish the Owyhee River; it will still be in Winter water flows of 35 to 45 CFS. There are usually good hatches at this time that provides some prime dry fly fishing. CFF members are invited to join me on all or any part of this outing. I can help with equipment, flies and knowledge. If interested, questions, contact me, I’ll be at the March CFF meeting to finalize plans.

Lane Hoffman