Western Washington Guided Lake Trip

Chris with a Fat Lone Lake Rainbow

Chris with a Fat Lone Lake Rainbow.

Earl with a Screamer

Earl with a Screamer.

Earl with a Rainbow on a String Leach

Earl with a Rainbow on a String Leach.

Mark With A Pass Lake Brown

Mark With A Pass Lake Brown.

Would you believe that some of the best trout lakes in Western Washington are within a hour drive of Seattle? When hooked, these fish head off on reel screaming runs and will usually give you an aeriaI show as well. I will take you to one of these lakes and show you some of the most productive methods for catching these hot rainbows and browns.

Although some lakes are productive in January and February, I fish trout lakes primarily in the spring and fall when the trout feed throughout the day. I concentrate mostly on a few selective fishery and fly fishing only lakes that produce well including: Cady Lake, Lone Lake, Pass Lake , and Lake Shoecraft. With the exception of Cady Lake and Lone Lake, the majority (99%) of the trout's food in these lakes is found sub-surface. As a result, the majority of the fishing is done sub-surface. If dry fly fishing is your only interest, and you like a good hike, then the mountain lakes are the way to go. (I can take you there too, just send me an email or give me a call! (See Guided Trips section for contact infromation)

Spring (March, April, May, June)

Spring is a great time to be on our Western Washingtion Lakes as there is usually to ton of activity both at the surface of the lake and below. This is a time when the larger chironomids begin migrating from the lake floor and rising to the surface. Trout will feed on all three life stages from the larvae, to the pupae, to the emerging midge. In fact, the closest you usually get to a dry fly hatch in Western Washingtion is when the fish are focused on the emerging midges. At the same time, trout will also feed eagerly on damsel nymphs. During these times, it pays to have a good selection of chironomids and emergers as well as a good olive damsel nymph pattern.

Fall (October, November, December)

This is an awesome time to hit the lakes as the trout gorge themselves in preparation for a hard, long winter. Although the fish at this time are generally looking for a big meal, they will focus on a chiromomid hatch when they take place. The time to work chiromomid patterns is when the weather is clear and sunny and you see a little surface activity on the water, especially in the early morning. However, what the trout in the Western Washington lakes are really looking for in the fall is a little cloud cover, a little chop on the water, and a big meal of leaches and damsel nymphs. This is the time of year when you can easily catch a dozen nice trout in a day, often many over 16", if you are lucky, maybe a couple over 18", and if you are having a really good day, maybe one over 20"!

A guided trip involves meeting at a local lake where I show you the techniques that are effective for that lake based on the time of day we are fishing. We fish primarily the selective fishery lakes and catch fish ranging from 14 inches to over five pounds!

We fish from 9ft personal pontoon boats that are easy to maneuver, very stable, and a lot of fun. For the most part, you will get around using kick fins. This may not be the most convenient way of fishing lakes, but it is very effective, the boats keep most of your body out of the cold water, and the use of fins allows you to keep your hands on the rod and line where you miss far fewer takes.

We fish until noon, stop for lunch, then either go our own ways for a half day trip, or continue fishing and catching fish for a full day trip. Fishing in the afternoon may involve new techniques if the trout have switched over to a different food source.

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If you want to learn more about fly fishing in Washington Lakes, there are two must read books. The first book focuses primarily on effective fly patterns and includes tying insturctions and a little information on the technique used to fish them. The second book is primarliy about technique, but also contains some excellent patterns.

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