May 1, 2013
Colville Reservation Fishing Report
The latest fly fishing fishing report for Omak Lake and other lakes residing on the Colville Reservation....
Oversized Cutthroat have started their annual march along the shorelines of Omak Lake and flyrodders have been landing some real dandies. Most fish are in the 18" to 22" class , with Greg landing a 9 lber recently on a natural size 8 zonker.
Winds have been challenging the last week or two but try and stand up to that pesky wind if you can. Those lock jawed fish you can see inspecting your fly and swimming away, seem to commit more when there is some chop on the water. Remember to upsize your tippet and rod weight on these beasties, as their teeth are sharp and shoulders strong! I've watched more than a few Cutts swim off headshaking while my fly and broken tippet are spit out helplessly. Be advised that Omak Lake is catch and release through May 31st and no bait is permitted....ever. Come by the shop and grab the latest hot fly for Omak's Lahontans.
As expected, tribal Fly fishing hotspot McGinnis Lake was probed recently by Tom and Greg from the shop. The guys found the hard-fighting brookies at McGinnis to be cooperative with high catch rates. Not surprisingly, a few nice sized fish fell to the "Disco Dolly" booby fly Greg and Tom have tied lately. Ah, The Booby legend grows......
Rufus Woods Lake
Thank Heavens for Triploid Rainbows! If you had thought Rufus' best days were behind her, think again. The Tribe released 15,000 heavies and fishing has been outtasight for a solid month now. Judging from the photo I saw of a 13lber caught from the tribal side near Chief Joseph Dam, they are in excellent shape too. If you plan to fly fish from a boat or pontoon, look for those softer, eddying types of bays or coves where you can get a bugger down in 6-12 feet of water. Fish are also suspended in current seams over deeper water and swinging steelhead style will get 'em. If you find fish rising in the next few weeks, you might try an old-school bumblebee. Sounds crazy? Fine, it is. But, customers reported fish full of bees last year around the time that local orchardists were using them to pollinate fruit trees. Hmmmmm.
For further information on reservation lakes and streams, don't forget to check out the Colville Indian Reservation Sport Fishing Regulations prior to fishing or launching anywhere on tribal land.
Steph, Omak Big R Fly Shop
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