Rattlesnake Lake

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by tom @ fwp, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. tom @ fwp TP

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    Bellevue, Wa
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    After skunkings at Lone and Beaver, twice each, thinking about different venue, anyone been to Rattlesnake lately and, if so, anything promising to report?
  2. Rob Hardman Active Member

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    University Place, WA
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    Yeah, it's been okay. I was there last Thursday and landed four and a few LDRs. Another forum member was there fishing chironomids and did quite well.
    I would be going tomorrow if the weather wasn't so bad. 18-22mph winds forecast.
  3. Earthquake Ron

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    Issaquah, Wa
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    Chironomids vertical nymphing in 50 ft of water was the ticket on the last week of February. The fish were thin but hungry. 9-14 inches.
  4. tom @ fwp TP

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    Bellevue, Wa
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    Is 50 feet a typo, didn't realize it was that deep.
  5. Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    Burien, Washington
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    No typo, deep lake!
  6. Tim Lockhart Working late at The Office

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    Mill Creek, WA
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    Deep lake and the stumps have eyes. I have names for them all.
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  7. Roper Idiot Savant

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    Glenraven Ranch
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    and do most of the names start with "son of a ...."?:eek:
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  8. mat1226 Active Member

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    Bellingham, WA.
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    What the hey happened to you Roper? I see a make over.:)
  9. Tim Lockhart Working late at The Office

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    Well half. The other half start with "mother..."

    Yeah so I'm starting to lose track, Roper. One minute it's cowboy, the next it's preacher, I turn around again and now you're a marksman. Identity crisis? :p
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  10. Roper Idiot Savant

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    Glenraven Ranch
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    Hell, everyone got all freaked out when I got all cleaned up for my executive photo, so I put an old furry avatar back in...last winter's bird hunt in the snow...
  11. Les Logan New Member

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    Is there any decent fishing from the banks, with a fly rod? My brothers want to learn, and I was told that Rattlesnake was a decent fishing spot. New to the area, and never really fished a lake for trout. It would be something new for me as well.
  12. Patrick Allen Active Member

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    Bothell,WA
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    Yes you can wade out around the stumps and catch fish from the bank. I think they just planted it so the cove next to the launch should be producing
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  13. Les Logan New Member

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    Patrick, can you fish dry flies, attraction pattern dries, or do you need to nymph or streamer fish. These guys are new, and teaching them to properly nymph fish will be a test. Without current, do you swing the dries?
  14. ceviche Active Member

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    Shoreline, Washington, U.S.A.
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    My favorite thing to do is slowly work my way to the south end of the lake. After I'm tired of catching lots of fish trolling a Carey, I anchor up and switch to a dry pattern--a small black EHC or some kind of flying ant or terrestrial pattern works great here--just to see what happens. A 4wt rod is very useful in this situation and definitely increases the entertainment value of the lake. Light wind days are the key, as trout tend to look up for terrestrials blown off the bluff.

    You see, that's the thing. It's my theory that you have to place yourself where the wind will put the most terrestrials, if you are fishing drys. That will mean that either you're using some kind of watercraft, casting upwind, or working off one of those trails under the bluffs (there's a huge rock outcropping/island along that bank which would work good to give you some room for a back cast--if I recall the details correctly or if the water level was the real difference). Given that I've only fished with watercraft, I limit myself to theory and hypotheses.
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  15. Lostcreeker Member

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    Woodinville Washington
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    Ceviche, Have you seen Flight 370?
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  16. Patrick Allen Active Member

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    Bothell,WA
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    I have caught the stockers close to shore on small mayfly imitations. No love on the larger more intelligent hold overs
  17. Lue Taylor Lue Taylor/dbfly

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    auburn,wa
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    Are you still fishing RSL with this story?
  18. ceviche Active Member

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    Nope. The search area (south of the equator?) is way south and east of my ship's track line.

    --Dave
  19. ceviche Active Member

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    Ahh... Though it has been a while since I last fished there, the method worked the last few times I was there. Have things changed that much? I mean, I have had a fly that worked like gangbusters over a year or two, only to fail consistently in the third year in the row. I then end up with another fly that works until the same pattern of failure catches up with me. Weird how that happens. Educated fish? Me losing my touch? You tell me.
  20. joneellis New Member

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    Seattle, WA
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    Caught a couple stockers and a larger hold over (skinny) mid morning today. Slow stripping olive bugger worked for me. Beautiful day to be out on the water.