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COLUMBIA BASIN LAKES

Worley Bugger Fly Co. also offers full day guided fly fishing tours to the desert basin of Central Washington. We understand that some of these lakes can be popular destinations, however the desert basin offers a diverse opportunity to fish many lakes and find un-crowded waters. We want to provide the opportunity to those who are interested in learning new, exciting, and productive techniques that will improve their still-water fishing skills and make lake fishing a more enjoyable experience no matter what body of water an angler fishes.
 

Columbia Basin Tiger Trout

Chironomid Fishing: Your guide breaks down this formidable way of catching trout in the spring making it effective and simple to understand. We can take the mystery out of midge fishing; teaching you several different techniques to produce fish during slow periods or even during light hatches of Chironomids.
Dry Fly-Emerger: At select times during the season, the lakes will produce hatches of adult midges, callibaetis mayflies, caddisflies and both damsel and dragon flies. One on one sight fishing opportunities to large cruising trout can be exciting and produce explosive action on surface flies. We all love the dry fly action we encounter during the season. This is the most exciting and most memorable time to fish.
Damsel-Callibaetis Nymphs: Later into the spring, aquatic hatches of damselflies and Callibaetis mayflies will begin. Fish will key in on the nymph migrations that occurs during this time. Expect violent takes followed by aerial attempts to spit your fly!
Leeches-Streamers: Nunnally and Lenice lakes, as well as many others in the basin, contain schools of sunfish. Fishing small baitfish patterns can provide a chance at a trophy fish! Leeches are present in most freshwater bodes and are an integral part of still-water fishing success. It can be good just about any time of the year, howeer the fall this type of fishing will be the our main focus.

Columbia Basin Lake Rainbow

Species of Trout: These lakes are planted with Kamloops and Steelhead strain Triploid Rainbow Trout provided by Trout Lodge Hatchery. Triploids are augmented to have a third chromosome making them infertile. Most of the fish's energy is used for growth because it will not attempt to spawn. Tiger Trout are another infertile species that is a relatively new strain. Tiger Trout are a Brown Trout and Brook Trout hybrid. They are extremely adaptable to changing water conditions. Browns and Tigers are planted as fry in the fall and grow rapidly making for some aggressive and fun fish to catch.


Most of the quality trout lakes fish well from March to May and again from September to November. As lake temperatures warm, most people turn their attention to deeper cooler waters. It is standard procedure to give shallow trout lakes a break during the summer season. This is due to warm water and low dissolved oxygen levels.
There are a variety of options for anglers who wish to catch trout throughout the warm summer months. Fishing the deeper ledges and finding the thermocline is a big piece of the puzzle.
Your professional guide will provide the knowledge you will need to be successful when others aren't.  You will gain confidence using specialized techniques that the still-water guides at WBFC can teach you.  We offer summer trips to many of the Quincy lakes including Dusty Lake. Dusty has a healthy population of large trout including Browns and Tigers. Dry Falls is another great choice. Dry Falls fishes well throughout the summer and is one of only a few lakes with a caddis hatch!



Another Tiger Trout From Lake Lenice

 
With cooler weather in September, lake fishing will greatly improve and fish consistently through November. When fall approaches trout will develop a sense of urgency to fatten up for the winter. When hatches are weak stripping baitfish patterns can leave a smile on any anglers face until spring!  Expect little to no people fishing lakes in the fall. In October, our focus is on fall spawning browns, displaying brilliant orange and yellow hues, hooked jaws, and very aggressive behavior.
 
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING:
 

-Water craft: pontoon boat, float tube, or pram along with fins if needed.
-4, 5, or 6 weight fly rod, floating line, (slime line or full sink if available).
-Flies, tippet, leader, bobbers, floatant, polarized glasses, sun block.
-Wader, boots, and rain gear if needed.
These things will not be supplied by your guide. You must supply them for your day of fishing. The guide will gladly help you select the flies, tippet, leader and other equipment needed during the morning meeting in the shop.

 
 

 

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