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I fished Thur - Sunday in the Okanogon area. This was by far the best weather I had on my last two outings to this area. Took off after work on wed and slept at my friends place in Okanogon. Fished blue lake, the one near Wannacutt lake on thur. I had not fished this lake last year and decided to give it a try. I got on the water about 10:30 and fished until 3pm with one fish to the net. Tried type 4 and intermediate lines with little luck. There were some chrono's coming off and I made a half harted attempt to fish them. I missed a few take downs on a blood worms. I should have fished them longer but I'm not much of a chrono fisherman. I decided to take a break and let my dogs run a bit and have some lunch. I talked to a local who was trying to get his grand daughter to catch a some fish from shore. He told me this lake can turn off and on and some times you can't buy a fish on it. He said the fishing should get better in the evening. I was going leave to fish Chopaka for a few days but decided I would get more fishing in if I stayed and fish the evening. That was a wise decision on my part. I got back on the water around 7 pm and landed two very big fish i n less than an hour with a bead head bugger the local gave me. I missed a few more strikes and called it quits at 8:30. Some local teens were shore fishing with their fly rods and one kid caught a 16 inch fish. The fish were close to the shore but weren't willing to bite. I decided to camp there for the night, grill up some marinated quail and drink some cheap whiskey. Life was good.
I left the lake at 7am and met two rigs coming down the Chopaka grade so I new i was going to get a camping spot. More good luck befell me when I was able to get a coveted covered camping spot next to a bunch of guys from the Okanogon fly fishing club. I fished the next two and a half days at Chopaka. I don't want to get ragged on posting the #'s of fish I caught but being an average fly fisherman I never had a 20 fish plus day at this lake. I had a great 2 1/2 for me, with most of my fish caught fishing deep with type 4 line. I was able to catch 5 or 6 fish a day on dries but some guys were doing much better than that.
A few thing I learned on this trip was a 6x leader doesn't work well with dries on this lake, at least not for me. Never leave your damsel fly's at home. Some of the guys did well fishing with adult damsel's. My newly bought, slightly used, $75 Bucks Bag high adventure pontoon boat :thumb:is great and was a great deal. Hope to fish this area again soon.
 

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Nice true Blue Okanogan report. Like spring, ( no I mean summer) fishing it can be hit and miss.
The more you fish a lake the more you learn..or get frustrated!
Wish I could make it up there soon.
Grilling marinated quail?.... any trip with that menu I'd call a success.
Thnx.
 

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Trout Master The weather at Chopaka was great. Fri was overcast with some wind. Sat was sunny tee shirt weather and little wind. Sunday was overcast with little wind in the AM but by the time I was leaving,1pm, it was getting windy.
I'm glad I can shoot a shotgun much better than I can cast a dry fly or I would not have many quail dinners to eat. I have to give credit to my two Britts for finding birds for me.
If I spent a few more hours fishing dries I would have caught a few more fish on them. Most of the fishermen were spending 4-5 hours fishing nothing but dries. Like fishing chrono's, you have to put in the time to get good at it. I've been fly fishing lakes for about 10 years but by no means can I call myself an expert, maybe Im just moderately proficient at it. If any thing is bad about Chopaka, its the ease at which one can catch big fish there. The other lakes in the area have some nice fish in them but you need to work harder to catch then consistently. As much as I like Chopaka I will always spend a day or two fishing other lakes in the area. On three trips up to the Okanogon I've fished seven different lakes and all of them had something to offer. Hope to make another trip up there soon.
 

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Donato, Don't go back to Blue without a Type VI line. I have talked to a few guys recently that have come to the same conclusion that I have regarding Type IV lines. They just don't catch as many fish as the VI's. In my case I have fished IV's hard and long and never do near as well as I do on the VI. As a result I have simply stopped using the IV and am now carrying 4 lines with me instead of 5. A floater, an intermediate, a 12' ghost tip intermediate sink tip and the VI. There may be instances where I need a IV but my records don't seem to bear that out so I'll leave it behind for now.

I was at Blue last month and did quite well. Most of the fish came on a T-VI with about 6' of flouro and tiny nymphs in the #14-#16 range. The trick seemed to be to get almost all of the fly line off the reel until you could see the backing showing and then go dead slow. Takes were kinda like steelhead inasmuch as the line just got heavy and stopped before the action started. This technique worked good during periods of bright sunshine. On one dark stormy evening with the wind wolfing I went to the sink tip intermediate and caught fish just under the surface in about 14' of water.

Nice report, glad you had good fishing.

Ive
 
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