Fish, Olive or Black wooley buggers #8 or #10 on a sinking tip line. Olive and Black Carey Specials will work also. Troll or retrieve slowly. Damsel Fly Nymphs will work very well early in the season. #10 Hare's Ear or #10 nymph or wet fly will work well at Rattlesnake. Some folks troll to fast and have lots of "short" misses (not a short wife either). Good Luck.:thumb:
If you can time it right (and park outside the gate), nothing beats sitting in your pontoon or float tube as the sun settles behind rattlesnake ridge and the surface awakes with risers, jumpers, sippers, finners, tailers, all around. Tie on a para adams, small black caddis, wake a tan caddis, or various midge patterns and have a ball
Wow. Everyone is saying to troll slow. The last time I fished Rattlesnake, I used a black mini-bugger (size 12 hook, body dubbing is the rest of the marabou tail wrapped forward, and the rest is obvious) behind a type III full sink line. And I trolled fast in my float tube. I ended the day with over a dozen fish brought to hand.
Still, it's good to try all kinds of trolling speeds and stripping techniques. And I agree with chadk about those afternoon risers. THAT is technical dry fly fishing. You really need a lot of patience and a cool head to pick-off those R'snake shade risers. But it's all worth it when you see that trout head come up and gulp your fly. Yowza!