Dry Falls

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Olive bugger, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Olive bugger Active Member

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    I was reading about Mason Lake this morning and got to thinking about one of my favorites.
    I have not been to Dry Falls for a number of years. In years past the Northwest Fly Anglers club would take a trip over and stay in camp ground for the week end.
    At that time they would stock with brood stock and there were some nice holdovers in it. The last time I was there however, I did not need a float tube, and I could have walked off of the island on the other fishers there in float tubes.

    My question is would it be worth a drive over in the spring to fish this lake. And do they still stock it on a regular basis. I don't believe the WDFW stocking program shows it listed.

    Also what about blue lake? Would I need my boat for that or could I get by with a float tube?
    It has been a while since I was there.
  2. Preston Active Member

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    Which Blue Lake? There are several.
  3. Mark Yoshida Active Member

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    Geez Preston, is there a lake you have not fished. LOL. My goal at one time was to fish every lake in WWa until I started to count them and figured at my age I would not make it.
  4. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Dry falls lake is nice in the fall. I never fish it in the spring due to crowds. I don't know about recent stocking. I assume you're talking about the Blue lake in the same chain as Dry Falls? After seeing some pics of the browns that are pulled out of that lake by gear chuckers, I am going to explore that lake a little more this summer.
  5. Olive bugger Active Member

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    Yep, that is the Blue Lake. I have driven past it several times and seen a few boats out in the middle
    and a few folks fishing with gear from the bank. If a fellow had a good idea of where they might be hiding, it would be fun to fish from a boat, I believe.

    Maybe I could hit DF, Blue and RF all in the same trip. Might have to spend a couple of days in the process. Got sleeping bag, will travel.
  6. troutpocket Active Member

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    A little research on this board (search function) will tell you quite a bit about state of Dry Falls Lake. I would suggest a mid-week trip if you are planning to fish it this coming spring. It does get crowded but there is a reason.
  7. Preston Active Member

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    Sorry, I guess I should've figured it would be that Blue Lake. I have a friend who fishes Blue and Park Lakes with considerable success.
  8. Olive bugger Active Member

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    I have heard that there are other interest (read water skiers) on Park lake. I don't know it that is true or not but perhaps Blue would be the better of the two. I don't know this to be truth, but I am going on a failing memory here. Is your friend a fly fisher?
  9. Preston Active Member

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    Yes, he claims he fishes the shallows much more effectively with the fly than the gear and bait fishermen can. I suppose fishing the shallower areas would alleviate interference from water/jet skiers and as well. I've actually never fished either, always opting for the awesome (in the real sense of the word) setting of Dry Falls.
  10. Olive bugger Active Member

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    LOL, a day in a float tube on Dry Falls is awesome enough just to enjoy the sights. Fish and fishing are a bonus for me.
    Hell, a day in a float tube is awesome enough on any lake. If the sun is out and it is warm. Old bones do
    not like cold water.
  11. Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Fishing Blue & Park in the spring should limit your interaction with powered craft. They usually come out when the weather warms up. I used to only fish Spencer before Memorial Day. In general, I won't fish on lakes after the jet skies & skiers show up - not worth it.

    The falcons at Dry Falls really put on a show. There is an aerie on the northwest end.
  12. Rick Todd Active Member

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    The Northwest Fly Fishers invited my club, Fourth Corner Fly Fishers last spring and we all stayed at the camp, which is a really nice facility. I didn't think the lake was all that crowded, and the fishing was good. It was sunny, a little windy, and the fish were biting. I would recommend the trip as it is a beautiful lake. Rick
  13. Olive bugger Active Member

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    You guys are killing me. I have marked the first of April for the opener at Dry Falls in my new float tube with a couple dozen Olive, black, brown, and yellow buggers, some scuds, and dragon flies. Gotta have damsel and dragon flies. Maybe a couple of sno cones and some adams for dries.

    What did I miss?
  14. Slipstream Member

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    Minnows! SS
  15. Olive bugger Active Member

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    Yeah, minnows. Black nose dace. Shiners and chubs. WDFW would love that.
  16. scottflycst Active Member

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    OB,
    Callibaetis nymphs in the shallow areas. Wind drift them with a floating line and don't you dare look away for even a second! Hits can be hard and fast so adjust the drag accordingly on your reel.
  17. Olive bugger Active Member

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    MY wife will not let me go out with nymphs.
    Now what?
  18. troutpocket Active Member

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    Ask Irafly what happened last spring trolling a callibaetis nymph at Dry Falls when he set his rod down. It involved a splash and cursing.
  19. Olive bugger Active Member

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  20. Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    A "few" people on the water.

    MB