- ABOUT THE COLUMBIA BASIN LAKES
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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 stillwater fishing skills and make lake fishing a more enjoyable experience no matter what body of water an angler fishes.
Your Professional Guide for the day will be Josh McLellan. Josh is a scientific technician with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Josh has extensive knowledge about the Central Basin lakes and how to productively catch fish on these fabulous fisheries.
Chironomid Fishing: Josh breaks down this formidable way of catching trout in the spring making it effective and simple to understand. It is his goal to take the mystery out of midge fishing; teaching 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 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: Nunnaly 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 stillwater fishing success. In the fall this type of fishing will be the focus.
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.
Josh will provide the knowledge you will need to be successful when others aren't. You will gain confidence using specialized techniques that the stillwater 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! 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.
Watercraft: We are able to accommodate anglers who do not have their own vessel. Inflatable pontoon boats are the easiest to use and most versatile. Float tubes and kick boats are the lightest option but require warm clothing and good fitness. Stillwater prams offer improved comfort and the best situation for sighting fish and structure. Watercraft selection is dependant on the fishing situation and water, and the anglers’ needs. To book a stillwater trip with
Worley Bugger Fly Co. please visit our Guide Service page for rates, list of waters we guide on, and watercraft. Remember you can always call us toll free at 888-950-FISH. We look forward to helping you become a better stillwater fisherman.
Full Day Guided Trip for 2 person: $200.00. March 1st-Nov. 15th.
Full Day Guided Trip for 3 person: $175.00. March 1st-Nov. 15th.
For information on our Stillwater Seminars Click Here.
(Full day trips only)
A full day trip give the anglers 8+ hours on the water. Anglers are also treated to a deli style lunch.
Water craft available for an additional $25.00. Simms G3 Waders and Boots are Available for rent to those that need them in several different sizes for an additional $25.00 per pair.
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.
TO BOOK A TRIP CALL: 509 962 2033 or Toll Free at: 888 950 FISHIf your guide provides you
with gear for the day you are responsible for it. If any damages occurs to guide gear during your trip your Credit Card will be charged for the repair fees. A signature for this new policy will be due before your trip in our Pro-Shop.
For our reschedule/cancellation/return policy click here.