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I just got back late last night. My wife and I are heading there again this weekend; not because it was that great, but my wife wants to. I really don't have the time to do the kind of "story" post I want to and will when we return. Fishing is pretty slow. There were, as always, several anglers. Most caught one, a few caught a few, and two guys caught several. All who venture to Grimes should know several things. It is located next door to BFE, there is no camping at Grimes (private land owner), no drinking water, no shade, and lots of wind! Grimes offers limited windows of opportunity; fish it before 10:00am, because that's when the wind comes, if isn't already there from the night before, and any time after that when the wind stops. Don't fish past either cliff on left and right of fist part of lake after channel. Last year my wife and I had to call 911; a couple had ventured past the cliffs and the wind blew them to the other side. We have heard stories of people like this year after year. Rattle snakes guard Grimes like Hammerheads around a shipwreck, so beware. Grimes is not for everyone, especially children, dogs, and people who like amenities, other than a portapotty (provided by my wife's uncle's fly fishing club). I took pictures, which I will give to Chris to post. The Lahaunton (most likely spelled wrong) Cutts get big, but are lethargic. I am not trying to keep anyone away, but rather warn; my wife and I's opinion is fish it at least once! Then you make the call.
Quickly, yeah right, fish are cruising the shore areas (still in pairs) this time of year. Chironimids fishing well now, mayflies started, but wind quickly popped our bubble. I caught a few each day, but had to put the time in and fight...yes, wind! It is, as always my favorite. On a related side note, we fished Lenice, and it is hopping, people and big rainbows (one about 6lbs.); we didn't make it to Dry Falls, but hear it is "on" right now, too. I will write about Grimes more next week. FYI- Jameson Resort has no drinking water due to bacteria, so don't forget to bring some. I hope this helps those who have never been to Grimes. -glen
 

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If you fished Grimes Saturday, then you know the wind was rotten; Sunday was worse. It had us pinned down behind some brush and we used our tubes as wind blocks. The lake went from 20 anglers @ 7:00 to 5 anglers by the time it let up. Fishing was HOT. Sunday/Mnday same. We waited around and again it turned out that sticking around was a good idea. Damsels are coming off and the lake rose 4 degrees since two weeks ago. Guys from Kettle Falls were doing good with black wooley buggers w/krystal flash. More when I recover. -glen
 

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Jim- Any time you are fishing is good timing-lol. The air and water temp. is on the rise. We won't be there this weekend (our grass is about 9 inches tall), but I know big fish are loving the damsels. I think it would have been better had the wind not crushed it, but like I said before it is 95% mental. If you go the 200+ miles like my wife and I...you fish wind or no wind! Also, I advise,highly, not bringing your wives on the first trip. I tried to paint that picture before; there are plenty of women (my wife included) who don't mind, but one really has to be hard core. On the same hand I fish this lake with five other guys year after year now and they don't have the intestinal fortitude that my wife has. I fished 13 hours (ten actual/three wind) with my wife in one day and that is more than the total hours fished for the entire weekend with the previously mentioned five fellows. If you love to fish and don't mind the elements Grimes can have it's days... I hope you have one, too. Anyone wanting to know anything about Grimes, or needs gear or a top notch guide call Darc @ Blue Dun Fly Shop in Wenatchee (509)884-4070. Anyone wanting the best place to stay while fishing Grimes call Glen or Alice at Jameson Lake Resort (509)683-1929 (located a mile down the road from Grimes. As for the snakes... they make my skin crawl as I hike to the lake; I like to walk first... I am told they always bite the second person.lol-glen
 
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