The Quadfather wrote:
Ya, when I was up at Cooper lake a few weeks ago, I saw the info. regarding Tuquala lake. I honestly had thought Cooper was the last lake up there. I hope you make it in there. Go look through reports, about a week back there was a SHWEET report on the Cooper river. 5 star report from a guy.
Anyway, ya, Mepps spinners with the standard fly attached has always been an alpine lake spinner for me.
You asked about flies on a spinning rod. If you aren't going to drop a bunch of money on an actual fly rod for this one trip, (and I wouldn't )--- save it for those Scotty 1080's that you need.
I would totaly suggest going to OE or 3 Rivers marine, any quality gear store, and picking up a few of those clear bobbers that allow you to put water in them to give you wait for casting. not usually at Fred Meyer.
Then it's a must... go down to The Avid Angler http://www.avidangler.com/
located in Lake Forest Park shopping center, a few doors away from Albertsons. This is a great fly shop with down to earth people. You don't need to be afraid to tell them you're a gear fisherman! Tell them it's an alpine lake, bobber with water, and you want a handfull of dry flies. They will hook you up. Ask for Britta, although they are all nice people.
Edit: http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/for ... #post-7042
read last post on the link.
excellent info as always, thanks!!
my buddy had a extra fly fishing rod/reel i tried out this weekend on the lake.. still learning how to cast properly, but i tried it a little..
while my friends brought nothing to get in the water (the shore is next to impossible to fish), knowing the lake, I brought a blow up raft so my wife and son could paddle around the lake while i put my waders on and headed towards the middle where the river channel runs through the lake.. I hiked up through the lake and spotted fish feeding on flies here and there.. but at this point i was throwing mepps wee size spinners, couple different variations.. i got one chaser super close that never took it.. and no more action rest of my hike.. but seeiong some fish was a good enough sign that i wasn't there for no reason..
i'm gonna try the fly on a mepps some other time. never thought of that.. i'll be at lake kachess a couple days (on my boat) this coming weekend and i know some small lakes up in the gold creek area i have fished successfully before for small trout, so we might hike into one of those one day..
one thing is for sure about Lake Tuquala... the whole valley is beautiful! while my other friends and families that showed up sat around the camp swilling cheap beer, my family took on the lakes beauty and we spent a few hours on the lake, we hiked some, i waded way down river looking for fishy holes and then rafted a section of river and blew up my cheap raft (not the best idea i have ever had).. when i finally sat down back at camp after my adventures i felt complete and whoooped!
quadfather, always with the good info.. thank you!!!
i think i want to get a small alpine lakes fly fishing rod/reel at some point.. i think i would have had better luck when i was hiking up through the lake's river channel.. seeing fish come up for flies was the deal sealer..