Merril Lake

#1
I would like to make a trip to this SW WASH lake sometime. My question is: do I need a full sinking line to fish the lake successfully? I have a floating line and a sink tip line.

Also, are there any fees to use the lake?

Any advice would be helpfull.

Thanks,

Jon
 
#2
Well for the hex hatch, and other hatches on the lake, what you've got is fine. I catch maybe 65% of my Merrill lake fish on floating and sink-tip lines, using shallow nymphs and dries over the weed beads. However, a fair amount of the time a full sink line and a big wooly bugger is the best technique to catch fish. I would advise looking in some of the WA guidebooks for further info on Merril.
Jon