East Lake was excellent fishing this week. I didn’t really change much from my original pick of an olive chironomid #16 with a black-n-red balanced leech. We likely netted about 40 fish in 6 hours. It was one of the best openers I’ve had there. Fish were healthy looking and most seemed to be rainbows about 12-14″, fat, shiny silver and I’d guess they were last years stockers. We got fish up to about 19″ too.
The bad news is it seems the USFS has drawn their line in the sand and is not listening to us in the request to have one dock installed at Cinder Hill. I still think this a mistake on their part and not fair to the public.
I hovered my big boat over the ramp there and I am 100% convinced if they moved that one rock next to the steel pillar, and installed the dock we’d be able to use it and have a safer boat launch and re-trailering experience until mid to late august assuming a hot summer will eventually arrive, and longer if the forecasting the European Model suggest (which shows us in the cool and wet pattern overall for ANOTHER 30 days).
Personally, I think the USFS is making a mistake and is not serving the public and I know so many people, including those who read this weekly report and who follow FFP on social media took the time to call the Bend Office and ask for that dock to be installed. Maybe we can still work with them to put it in, but it seems to me I am going to be using my drift boat at East Lake because I simply cant get my bigger lake boat in at any ramp on the lake, and without a dock the problem is actually not getting the boat in the lake, but really getting it back on the trailer safely, and getting clients on the ground safely, and not damaging equipment in the wind. For many of us, docks are essential.
BTW, I went to check out the ramp and dock at East Lake resort and determined it was unusable for my needs. I know people use it, but for my truck and boat/trailer length I would have way too much truck in the lake for my comfort level.
The Upper Deschutes above Crane I had a really good report from a friend from Seattle. Drakes, PMD’s and nymphs and......