Dry fly fishing Mason County

Dry fly fishing proves successful in region – Timm Hudlow of Verles Sports in Shelton said because rivers in Mason County are low and clear, drab clothing and wary approaches are paramount to not startle the fish. Dry fly fishing has slowed, but CopperJohn Droppers under a big Stimulator or Pheasant Tail Nymphs under a Madam X should produce results. The Skokomish is open for kings, but not many are reported in the river.

Tom Bolender of Fishy Business in Olympia said Lake Nahwatzel in Mason County has been great for bass. Rubber Leg Conehead Wooly Buggers are working well. Leech Lake at the top of White Pass is doing well for nice- size rainbows and brook trout. Twin Lake Specials and black leeches are the flies to use. Dry fly fishing on Walupt Lake just south of Packwood is another good bet. Royal Wuffs, Humpy’s, Renegades and a number of other patterns are all working.

The Deschutes River is fishing well. Hopper patterns and small Leg Stimulators are all working on the surface. Cased Caddis, Hares Ear Nymphs, Copper Johns and Lightning Bugs are the best choices for subsurface.

Time is running out on the North Fork of the Skokomish River. Fishing above Lake Cushman comes to a close at the end of the month. Fishing has been incredible. Rainbow trout 16 inches and longer have not been uncommon. Big Rubber Leg dry flies have been the ticket. In the evening, Pale Evening Duns also have been working.

The Cedar River also has been fishing well. Big fish are being caught on small Bead Head Mayflies. Reports from every stretch of the Wynoochee say steelhead are being caught. Early morning and late evening have been the best bite periods. Black and wine color combinations on a fly are the best bet.

From barrier dam on the Cowlitz River downstream to the mouth of the river, cutthroat fishing has been excellent. The fish are taking Conehead Muddler Minnows. The Kalama River has been spotty at best. Kings are in the Skokomish River and are being caught mostly during early morning hours. Small flies seem to be working best. Variations of a pattern called the Kam King and pink and white egg patterns are working. Pink and White Clouser Minnows are the flies to use in Hood Canal. Both silvers and pink salmon are hitting those flies.

A few bright fish are being caught at Hoodsport. The fish are hitting small pink and purple Tom’s Humpy flies. In South Sound, cutthroat fishing has been good

BY BOB BROWN

FOR THE OLYMPIAN

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