Just on the westward slope of Mt. Bachelor, Hosmer has a picturesque backdrop. Not that the large brook trout, rainbows or cutthroat aren’t reason enough to enjoy time on Hosmer. This lake is a fly fishing only lake that does not allow the use of gas motors, which makes this lake even more appealing. The word is out on how beautiful this setting is, so expect to see a few kayakers and stand up paddle boarders. This lake is easily fished out of float tubes, however, drift boats are our preferred method to cover water.
Hosmer has been hit or miss for us lately. There are lots of fish hanging out in the channels. But kayak and SUP traffic can make them a bit spooky. We recommend waking up early and fishing the channels before the traffic paddles through. Last light can also be a less busy time in the channels. In the deeper sections, fishing streamers, such as wooley buggers and crystal buggers with a sink tip can be successful. We’ve done well on black buggers, thin mints, and damsel nymphs. As for dry flies, blue damsel adults are around in good numbers. We’ve seen PMDs come off sporadically. Callibaetis, ants and beetles are also good dry fly options.