Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by C&CRods, May 2, 2013.
Anyone got out to Chopaka Lake? Gonna head out there in June for a couple days.
Hmmm. May reports for June wouldn't be much help. A lot changes / happen between now and them....
Ya might wait till it is a bit closer to your departure.
Thank you. I have never been out there but hear great things.
Might still be iced over. No, not really. I think it's likely a tad early. Been there Memorial Day weekend a couple times and experienced sun, overcast, rain, hail, snow and changing clothes from tee shirts to full on winter blizzard gear. Your June plan sounds about right to me. Take blue uprights, sedges, and damsel imitations.
Ha that sounds like Montana fishing. I'm used to that! Although the Yakima was similar on Saturday. Gotta love the weather battles of year round fishing.
I went there once for Memorial Day and wore every piece of clothing I had. Check the weather report before you go. Also, it gets old putting up with nasty weather when you're camped there when it's windy in the meadow.
Last weekend of June is the plan. Assuming the weather will balance out a bit by then
I only went there once. The lake was experiencing an epic human hatch at the time I was there.
I am hoping that June will beat some of the crowds. Human hatches are almost as bad as boat hatches on the river!
Be prepared for the "fly club" hatch. I've seen it a couple of times.
Chopaka is on my list for early June. Mid week, maybe a Monday/Tuesday trip. That's right around my Birthday so maybe I'll buy myself a float tube setup
Ya I'll be there Wednesday thru whenever too many people show up
Funny, I remember growing up in Oroville, we'd grouse hunt up there, and go for bunnys in the spring. Almost nobody and I mean nobody was ever on Chopaka.
Not the same now.
I remember reading about it from John Geirich(sp?) in a magazine article mid nineties. After reading that I knew I had to get up there and experience that amazing calibaetis hatch. When I did, I remember being somewhat disappointed. The hatches of the same bugs were just as good or better in my backyard lake at the time(a fabled Washington flyfishing lake in it's own right). Every time I've been up there it hasn't been as good as other area lakes that are less crowded. Just one of many lessons I learned about avoiding the"hollywood water".
Other than it's been so long and I want to go there so bad my teeth ache... nope, sorry. Should be about the right time for some action, and of course you can always count on the last couple miles of the drive to provide some excitement. Good luck.
Is there camping at chopaka?
Camping - yes.