Nestled in the Newberry Caldera at 6400 feet, East Lake has a rich history of fly fishing and for good reason. Two species of rainbow trout, brown trout and kokanee all call this lake home. Consistent hatches of callibaetis and chironomids make this lake a great place to cast a dry fly during the summer.
Callibaetis are here and are hatching prolifically throughout the morning into the late afternoon. Having a variety of flies in the #14-#16 range for Callibaetis nymphs, emergers, and dries is critical for out there, especially as angling pressure increases. We have an awesome selection of all life cycle stages for this bug in the shop. If there are consistently rising fish, we like fishing "crippled" patterns that imitate a bug that is stuck in it's shuck mid-emergence. Spinner falls can occur in the late afternoon into the evening and most of the time the fish will prefer a "flat wing" spinner. If rising fish are sporadic, try fishing a leech trailed with a Callibaetis Nymph behind it on an intermediate line. Keep an eye out for fish cruising the shallows in the early morning as they provide some excellent sight fishing opportunities. Chironomid rigs under a slip indicator in deeper water has been producing lots of fish. Often this is the most consistent method of fishing when the wind picks up around midday. Red or Tan midges in a size 14-16 have been the ticket, usually in about 15 feet of water. Set your indicator at 14 feet of depth with a little split shot. Fluorocarbon (4x-6x) is critical for all subsurface presentations!