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.
Avoid the splash and giggle crowd and get after it early (sunrise). Fishing will be good early morning with Callibaetis and Damsels being the main two bugs to focus on out there. We have also been picking up some fish on Balanced Leeches and Chironomids in some of the deeper water. Sight fishing has been very good in the main channel. Anchor up and wait until you spot a fish on the move. Make your cast at least 10 yards in front of the fish with a damsel nymph on an intermediate line and slow strip it back to you, trying to intercept the fish as it cruises by. Be prepared for some refusals, but when you do fool a fish with this method, they tend to be big, beautiful fish. Fluorocarbon leader and tippet is vital for all subsurface presentations. Fishing will slow down in the afternoon with all the recreational traffic but will pick back up again in the evening.