May 2012
Fly Fishing Lava Lake opening weekend
May 14, 2012

            Lava Lake opened last Saturday and it’s usually really good fishing when it first opens up. Thu & I grabbed the boat and ran up on Monday morning to give it a try.

            It was a beautiful day with lots of sun, warm temps and a nice breeze for wind drifting across the lake. We set up with type 2 sinking lines, 4X leaders and set a water anchor off the side of the boat to control our drift speed. Thu started with a Prince Nymph and I tied on a good old, time tested, Olive Crane Bugger.

            Well, the Prince Nymph and you know who, got the first three fish in a row and I started to re-think my fly choice. On my next cast, my faith was restored as I hooked and landed a nice 12-inch trout. We hooked a few more with the same flies and decided start changing patterns see what else might work better. I stripped a number of different Bugger/leech patterns and Thu switched between nymph patterns. It turned out we caught fish on most everything we tried. The peacock body Carey Special and the Olive Crane Bugger were the most productive streamers and the Prince, Pheasant Tail and Bloody Mary where the best nymphs we tried. Imagine that, all those flies have peacock or peacock color in them.

            We pretty much covered the whole lake and caught fish everywhere, and sometimes in bunches! In two spots I caught 5 fish on 5 casts in a row. Out of the close to 30 fish we landed, there were only a few that went over 16 inches and the average was 11 to 14 inches. There were a few fish caught in deeper water, but most were taking at about 6 to 8 feet deep. It was a lot of fun because these fish weren’t huge, but they sure hit and acted like they were. These things will change as the water warms up, so get out there and have some fun while it’s good.


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers

Antelope Flats Fishing Report
May 10, 2012
Antelope Flats Res., I hate to write this because, I would like to keep this quality fishery all to myself. We (Gene Gramzow and I) fished Antelope for the first time Thursday, May 10th
            We had bright sunny skies, but a little breeze kept the temperature on the cool side.
We’d heard that it was a fine fishery with strong healthy fish. Well, it exceeded our expectations in every manner. Aerial fish that averaged 16 to 18 (a few over 20) inches, broad shouldered and deep bodied made our day memorable. We fished for about 8 hours and caught and released a number of fish.
          We cast and stripped for a few minutes, then settled into a steady procession of take –downs with a chironomidae. Come into the shop, we’ll hook you up….
Bob C.