The Callibaetis hatch on East has been very consistent, making it the go-to option for those looking for consistent action and opportunity to throw dries on the area’s lakes. Fishing under an indicator in the morning is a good way to start the day, and should provide plenty of takes as the Callibaetis ramp up and begin to hatch in numbers by late morning or early afternoon. The hatch has been providing a couple hours of great surface action on most days, with a variety of cripple, adult, and spinner patterns finding fish throughout the hatch. As the hatch slows down, fish can be brought to the surface with ant or beetle patterns through most of the afternoon. For those looking to maximize numbers, fishing a light Callibaetis nymph below a cripple or dry throughout the hatch will find fish that are hesitant to come to the surface. At this point in the summer the fish on East have seen a fair number of flies, and fishing lighter tippet has been beneficial. The fish in East have been large and healthy, and 4x is good to start with. However, if fish are swirling on your flies, dropping to 5x can produce better numbers.
An exceptional East Lake Brown and happy client on a recent guided trip. The average size and health of Fish out of East this year has been great.
Suggested Dries: D&D Cripple #14-16, Last Chance Cripple #14-16, Thorax Callibaetis #14-16, Hackle Stacker Callibaetis #14-16, Callibaetis Spinner #16, Organza Spinner #16, Para-Cricket #14-16, Peacock Chubby Chernobyl #16, CDC Flying Ant #16, Black Flying Ant #16
Suggested Nymphs: Trigger Callibaetis #16, Birds Nest Hare’s Ear #14-16, Dark Assassin #16-18, Balanced Assassin #16, Depth Charge Natural #16-18, Soft Hackle Callibaetis #16-18, Black Zebra Midge #16-18
Most days have been providing excellent numbers of Callibaeties and great opportunities to throw dries.