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Early Season Lake Flies
Flies for probing Northwest lakes during the earliest part of the spring season.
Flash-A-Bugger, Black V-Rib Midge, Red Pupa Bead Head Leech, Black
Flash-A-Bugger, Black/Olive Midge, Suspended Pupa, Black Black SLF Leech
Flash-A-Bugger, Olive Midge, Suspended Pupa, Tan Brown SLF Leech
Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph Perfect Scud, Gray/Olive Maroon SLF Leech
V-Rib Midge, Black Pupa Zug Bug Water Boatman, Brown
Leeches are a good bet for trout in early season lakes
Some of the best trout fishing of the year can occur right after ice-out on local lakes. The water is still very cold, but temperatures are rising just enough to turn on trout metabolism. Trout that have been living under ice for a couple of months have forgotten about humans and can be very naiive. These trout are often hard bodied chromers that pull hard. Most fish will be very close to the bottom. Since the water is very cold, trout and the various organisms they feed on are living in slow motion. Often the trick is to move your fly very slowly across the bottom. To accomplish this your boat (pontoon boat, or float tube) must be stationary. This is easy to do on calm days. You simply sit in one place and retrieve your fly slowly. On windy days your boat must be anchored or the wind will move your boat much too quickly, and you won't be able to work your fly slowly enough. A selection of sinking lines is very helpful to get your fly to work the bottom at various depths. A lake usually warms the shallow water around the edges of a lake first. A slow sinking line like a Mastery Stillwater line will fish your fly slowly if the water is from four to six feet deep. Flies of various weights also help adjust the depth of your presentation.

Flash-A-Bugger, Black
This is the number one early season fly for most lakes.  It is proven productive for both trout and bass. It is also a very good option for summer steelhead, especially during low water periods.  
Black Wooly Bugger
Item Description Size Price To Top
11800-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Black 4 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11800-06 Flash-A-Bugger, Black 6 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11800-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Black 8 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11800-10 Flash-A-Bugger, Black 10 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Flash-A-Bugger, Black/Olive
This may be the number two most proven lake fly and can be number one at times.  It can be fished fast or slow. Vary your retrieve until you find the magic formula.
Black & Olive Wooly Bugger
Item Description Size Price To Top
11802-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Black/Olive 4 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11802-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Black/Olive 8 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Flash-A-Bugger, Olive
A wise man once said that if you want to catch trout from alkaline lakes your best fly would be an inch long & green.  In some lakes and rivers inch and a half long and green is an even better option.  This is a must have fly no matter where you fish in fresh water.
Olive Wooly Bugger
Item Description Size Price To Top
11888-04 Flash-A-Bugger, Olive 4 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11888-06 Flash-A-Bugger, Olive 6 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11888-08 Flash-A-Bugger, Olive 8 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
11888-10 Flash-A-Bugger, Olive 10 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Gold Rib Hares Ear
Nymphal color tends to adapt to the color of the stream bed.  Fishing two flies at once will increase your odds of hooking up.  Usually two different colors or sizes are used.  A Gold Rib Hares Ear is one of those flies that look like a lot of different stream bed insects.
Gold Rib Hares Ear
Item Description Size Price To Top
12100-10 Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph 10 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12100-12 Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12100-14 Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12100-16 Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12100-18 Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph 18 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

V-Rib Midge, Black
This is one of the most successful lake patterns of all time.  It can be fished deep with a sinking fly line or dangled under a strike indicator.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12390-12 V-Rib Midge, Black Pupa 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12390-14 V-Rib Midge, Black Pupa 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12390-16 V-Rib Midge, Black Pupa 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

V-Rib Midge, Red
The V-Rib series of flies hang vertical most of the time and are very convincing to all species of game fish that feed on midges.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12412-14 V-Rib Midge, Red Pupa 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12412-16 V-Rib Midge, Red Pupa 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Midge, Suspended Pupa, Black
This pattern is tied with a buoyant foam head that holds the fly dangling vertically through the surface film. It is very productive when fish are taking hatching midges at the surface.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12220-14 Midge, Suspended Pupa, Black 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12220-16 Midge, Suspended Pupa, Black 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12220-18 Midge, Suspended Pupa, Black 18 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12220-20 Midge, Suspended Pupa, Black 20 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Midge, Suspended Pupa, Tan
The white foam head is easier for the angler to see.  If you want the fly to float a little higher, treat the foam head with fly floatant.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12222-16 Midge, Suspended Pupa, Tan 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12222-18 Midge, Suspended Pupa, Tan 18 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12222-20 Midge, Suspended Pupa, Tan 20 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Perfect Scud, Gray/Olive
One of the most effective "resting" Scud imitations.  Fish fish this fly very slowly in a lake. This fly is lightweight so the sink-rate is comparatively slow.  This is not only an advantage very shallow water, but at any depth were a
very slow movement is needed. Perfect Scuds are also very effective when fished dead-drift in rivers.  During this activity, split shot might be added to the leader.  These flies look very life like.
Item Description Size Price To Top
99327-14 Perfect Scud, Gray/Olive 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
99327-16 Perfect Scud, Gray/Olive 16 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Zug Bug
The Zug Bug nymph pattern was invented by Cliff Zug as a caddis fly imitation. While it is effective as an emerging or diving sedge pattern, it also works well to imitate dragon fly nymphs, mayfly nymphs and water boatmen.  With the wing and hackle trimmed off it can also represent midge pupae. This can be a deadly lake fly.
Zug Bug
Item Description Size Price To Top
12450-08 Zug Bug 8 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12450-10 Zug Bug 10 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12450-12 Zug Bug 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over
12450-14 Zug Bug 14 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Bead Head Leech, Black
If you only had one size and color for your earliest season fishing, make it a black size six. This fly catches fish. It is worthwhile having the Black Bead Head Leech in all of the sizes. Sometimes trout display a preference for a certain size. Like everything else, leeches start out small and grow bigger.
Bachmann's Bead Head Flat Leech
Item Description Size Price To Top
9041-06 Bead Head Leech, Black 6 3 for $5.85 Sale Over
9041-08 Bead Head Leech, Black 8 3 for $5.85 Sale Over
9041-10 Bead Head Leech, Black 10 3 for $5.85 Sale Over

Black SLF Leech
Patterned after the famous Seal Buggers developed in the Klamath Lake Basin of Southern Oregon, this leech pattern is intentionally dressed fairly heavy. If the water you are fishing is murky, fish this pattern the way it comes out of the box. If the water you are fishing is clear pick out some of the dubbing in the body to thin it down.

Item Description Size Price To Top
06253-08 Black SLF Leech 8 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Brown SLF Leech
We first used this fly in Davis Lake back in the days when it was loaded with big trout. Fished with an intermediate line, this lightweight fly will hover over the weed tops and enable you to retrieve it very slowly. This is also an effective pattern to use just after ice-out.

Item Description Size Price To Top
06254-08 Brown SLF Leech 8 3 for $5.25 Sale Over


Maroon SLF Leech
The maroon leech can be deadly when the water is still very cold in the spring. A good method to try is to keep your boat 50-60 feet from the shore and cast your fly into the shallow edge water. Use a very slow sinking line so you can move the fly very slowly back to you.

Item Description Size Price To Top
06255-08 Maroon SLF Leech 8 3 for $5.25 Sale Over


Water Boatman, Brown
Water boatmen are reported to occur in fresh water through out most of the world. In certain local ponds lakes and reservoirs they occur in dense populations.  In the edge water of many local rivers with habitats as diverse as the spring fed Deschutes to the glacial fed Sandy water boatmen populations can be very prolific.  When other aquatic insects are still dormant from the cold of winter, water boatmen can be very active. 

Item Description Size Price To Top
00531-12 Water Boatman, Brown 12 3 for $5.25 Sale Over

Lines For The Serious Lake Angler
Rio AquaLux Cortland Precision Clear Camo
Scientific Anglers Mastery Stillwater Cortland Precision, Ghost-Tip
Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Free with your next Nautilus Reel
When lake fishing, a lot of your success depends on the sink rate of your fly line. The fly line has everything to do with keeping your fly in the strike zone. If the line doesn't sink fast enough your fly may be too far above the fish to get their attention. If your line sinks too fast then your fly is hung up on the bottom or is collecting weeds.

AquaLux® Fly Line

A must-have line for the serious lake angler. Castability has always been a problem with clear intermediate sinking lines because there are no lubricants in the coating and the lines drag through the guides. RIO has solved the problem by incorporating proprietary lubricants into the running line coating that make the line slick. The running line is translucent green while the head is completely clear. With an intermediate sinking rate of 1.5 – 2.0 inches per second (3.7 cm/s), the line is perfect for fishing subsurface and shallow shore lines. Ideal when stealth is required for wary, selective fish. Made on a low memory supple monofilament core with a coldwater coating and welded loop on the front end. Our recent tests have disclosed that this line will fish to four feet deep pretty quickly, but will enable you to fish shallow water easily when fish are patrolling the edges of a lake. This often happens early in the season, just after ice-out as the shallow water along the edges of a lake often warms first. The Rio AquaLux® Fly Line has less memory when cold than do most other sinking fly lines, which makes it easier to cast then the weather/water are cold during the early season.
WF3I - WF9I  Length: 100 ft (30.5 m)  Color: Clear AquaLux

Item Size Description Price To Top
RIO20798 WF3I Rio AquaLux clear fly line WF3I $69.95 Sale Over
RIO20790 WF4I Rio AquaLux clear fly line WF4I $69.95 Sale Over
RIO20791 WF5I Rio AquaLux clear fly line WF5I $69.95 Sale Over
RIO20792 WF6I Rio AquaLux clear fly line WF6I $69.95 Sale Over
RIO20793 WF7I Rio AquaLux clear fly line WF7I $69.95 Sale Over
RIO20794 WF8I Rio AquaLux clear fly line WF8I $69.95 Sale Over
RIO20795 WF9I Rio AquaLux clear fly line WF9I $69.95 Sale Over

Scientific Anglers Mastery Stillwater Fly Lines
Stillwater is the one that others are compared to.

Crystal-clear and slow sinking, this line is virtually invisible to fish and ideal for fishing lakes. These lines are built with a special taper and unusually small diameter for superior casting performance. The coating is unusually slick when wet (nicknamed the slime line) and shoots through the rod guides with a minimum of friction.
When introduced in the early '90's this line pretty much revolutionized fly fishing in lakes for many anglers.  The slow but steady, predictable sink rate proved to be ideal for anglers who wanted get their flies down to depth and then have the fly remain at this depth for a long period while retrieving the fly very slowly. Over the years as new technologies emerged, incremental improvements in the coating and core has helped this line continue

to be the number choice as a slow sinking fly line.  Though designed primarily for trout fishing in lakes, this line has also found acceptability among bass anglers who wish to fish their flies slowly at depth.  Every year large numbers of summer steelhead and salmon "pool" in the Columbia River.  These fish are drawn by cold springs and tributary river mouths that cool the water of the main river.  Many of these fish will bite, but only if the fly is presented at the perfect level.  We sell many Stillwater lines to anglers who fish  from small boats for these large fish.                       Buy Now !

Easy casting taper design. Mark Bachmann with a nice rainbow caught in Central Oregon with a Mastery Stillwater line.
Mastery Stillwater Slow Sinking Fly Line
Features:
Sink rate: 1.24 to 2.00 inches per second.
Core: High Tech Monofilament
Coating: Clear PVC
TAPER CHARACTERISTICS:
  • Crystal clear for the lowest visibility
  • Extra-small diameter for easier casting
  • Ideal balance between distance and finesse
  • Hard surface further enhances castability
  • Item Description Size Price To Top
    549463 Scientific Anglers Mastery Stillwater Fly Line WF3S $69.95 Sale Over
    549470 Scientific Anglers Mastery Stillwater Fly Line WF4S $69.95
    549487 Scientific Anglers Mastery Stillwater Fly Line WF5S $69.95 Sale Over
    549494 Scientific Anglers Mastery Stillwater Fly Line WF6S $69.95 Sale Over
    549500 Scientific Anglers Mastery Stillwater Fly Line WF7S $69.95 Sale Over
    607798 Scientific Anglers Mastery Stillwater Fly Line WF8S $69.95 Sale Over
    607804 Scientific Anglers Mastery Stillwater Fly Line WF9S $69.95 Sale Over

    Scientific Anglers Uniform Sink+ Fly Lines
    3M technology helps you get your fly right where the fish are feeding.
    Type 2     Type 3     Type 4    
    Just as Scientific Anglers™ invented modern floating fly lines more than fifty years ago, it wasn't long after that they also introduced the first generation of Wet Cel™ full sinking lines. Today, they continue to lead the industry in quality and reliability - and in providing the ideal sinking fly line for every situation.
  • Fish feed below the surface 90 percent of the time - but at a variety of depths. Every sinking line in this comprehensive selection has been designed to keep you in a specific zone thanks to precise formulations that produce precise sink rates.
  • Each of the Mastery full sinking lines is designed with an effective range of performance. When you reach the limits of a line's effectiveness, you should switch to a different line density. You should also increase sinking-line density when there is an increase in current speed, rate of retrieve, or depth.

  • Type 2 Full Sinking.  Sink Rate:   Color: Blue
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    700512 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type II WF-5S $69.95 Sale Over
    700529 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type II WF-6S $69.95 Sale Over
    700536 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type II WF-7S $69.95 Sale Over

    Type 3 Full Sinking.  Sink Rate:   Color: Midnight
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    773424 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type III WF-5S $69.95 Sale Over
    700628 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type III WF-6S $69.95 Sale Over
    700635 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type III WF-7S $69.95 Sale Over
    700642 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type III WF-8S $69.95 Sale Over
    700659 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type III WF-9S $69.95 Sale Over

    Type 4 Full Sinking.  Sink Rate:   Color: Midnight
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    923607 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type IV WF-5S $69.95 Sale Over
    700673 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type IV WF-6S $69.95 Sale Over
    700680 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type IV WF-7S $69.95 Sale Over
    700697 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type IV WF-8S $69.95 Sale Over
    700703 Mastery Uniform Sink Plus Fly Line, Type IV WF-9S $69.95 Sale Over

    Clear Camo Intermediate Line
    A full intermediate slow sinking fly line for all conditions, featuring Cortland's new Rocket2 taper. An excellent still water line that has found a huge following in many locations regardless of air and water temperatures.  Remains supple in the coldest conditions and is still able to withstand blazing heat.  A very popular line for fishing Northwest lakes. Sink rate is slower than Rio AquaLux or Matery Stillwater. This makes it the go to line for fishing shallow wedge water or fishing your fly very sloooooowly.

    Item Description Size Price To Top
    469006 Cortland Precision Clear Camo Intermediate Line WF4I $62.00 Sale Over

    469013 Cortland Precision Clear Camo Intermediate Line WF5I $62.00 Sale Over

    469020 Cortland Precision Clear Camo Intermediate Line WF6I $62.00 Sale Over

    469037 Cortland Precision Clear Camo Intermediate Line WF7I $62.00 Sale Over

    469044 Cortland Precision Clear Camo Intermediate Line WF8I $62.00 Sale Over


    Cortland Precision Ghost-Tip
    Floating rocket taper with 15' slow sinking intermediate tip, 35 yard length, mint green color with clear tip.  The ultimate in stealthy presentation—your days of spooking fish by “lining” them are over! These lines are truly crystal clear, not opaque.  These lines come with either a 5' or 15' clear tip. The 15’ Ghost-Tip section gives the angler 24’ (with a 9’ leader) between the green Precision fly line body and his fly. Ideal for use with nymphs, streamers and in still water. The Ghost Tip could be the most perfect fly line ever developed for the line-shy trout, steelhead and salmon.

    Item Description Price To Top
    472396 Cortland Precision, Ghost-Tip WF5F/I, 5-foot tip $62.00 Sale Over

    472402 Cortland Precision, Ghost-Tip WF6F/I, 5-foot tip $62.00 Sale Over

    472419 Cortland Precision, Ghost-Tip WF7F/I, 5-foot tip $62.00 Sale Over

    472303 Cortland Precision, Ghost-Tip WF5F/I, 15-foot tip $62.00 Sale Over

    472310 Cortland Precision, Ghost-Tip WF6F/I, 15-foot tip $62.00 Sale Over

    472327 Cortland Precision, Ghost-Tip WF7F/I, 15-foot tip $62.00 Sale Over

    472334 Cortland Precision, Ghost-Tip WF8F/I, 15-foot tip $62.00 Sale Over

    472341 Cortland Precision, Ghost-Tip WF9F/I, 15-foot tip $62.00 Sale Over


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    Many Oregon Lakes provide great fly fishing opportunities, especially for anglers equipped with float tubes or pontoon boats. During warmer months action can continue throughout the day but is usually best early and late when water  temperatures are in the comfort zone. During early spring or late fall action can be best during the middle of the day when the water is warmest.

    These public lakes are located in central Oregon and can provide very good early and late season fly fishing.  They are usually ice free from first of April until mid-November.  During cool summers they can fish through the hottest months. Call for the latest details.

    Ana Reservoir Davis Lake
    Chickahomini Reservoir Lake Billy Chinook
    Crane Prairie Reservoir Sparks Lake
    Mann Lake Wickiup Reservoir
    Rocky Ridge (Private Lakes) Wild Billy Lake (Private Lake)

    The public lakes listed below are within an hour drive from The Fly Fishing Shop and also provide good fly fishing most of the season (check each lake regulations for open dates).  Most of these lakes remain ice-free until November, some are ice-free nearly year round.  Call for the latest details.

    Clear Lake Pine Hollow Reservoir
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    Laurance Lake Timothy Lake
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    Free Fly Tying Party
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