First Callibaetis Hatches of The Season

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East Lake is finally seeing the 1st Callibaetis hatches of the season. It’s a late start, but the fish are eating dries finally. This week when I was up there we did best on Chironomids (Chromies) in about 8-10 feet of water fishing one a foot off the bottom and the dropper about 3 feet off the bottom. If you haven’t used a Corq indicator yet, get some for this shallow water nymphing. 

So far, wind drifting has been a bust for me. I heard from some friends they drifted the EL Camp Ground shoal with good success and picked up nice fish between the shoreline and the hump. But the wind has been super swirly the days Ive been and a consistent wind direction and general wind speed is needed for a successful wind drift. 

BTW, on Memorial Day I personally caught a kokanee on a chironomid that was 17″. Since then on the last 5 days of guiding my clients are catching kokanee in the 6 to 8 inch range. I am curious to know what others are finding on kokanee size there. Shoot me a message if you’re seeing decent size koke’s. BTW, the rainbow spawn along the shorelines seems to be finally about over and that is great. Yes, there are still some bow’s going through the motions, but there aren’t as many meaning those fish have entered the feeding society of the rest of the fish in the lake and are acting normal again. Its frustrating when so many of the rainbows are trying to spawn on the shorelines because they are not feeding really and they are vulnerable.

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