Now that the warmest days of summer are behind us the crowds are starting to thin on Hosmer. There is still plenty of paddle traffic, especially on the weekends, so don’t expect to have the lake to yourself, but most weekdays it is possible to work around the paddlers and get some decent fishing in. It has been fishing well and those who have been braving the crowds are getting into some really nice Brookies. The insect activity has been a little more variable with the cooler weather and windy days, but there are still Callibaetis and Caddis around to provide opportunity to fish dries or below an indicator. Chironomids are always a good option on Hosmer, as are balanced leeches. Don’t be afraid to grab the intermediate line and slow strip a damsel, leech, or buggy nymph like a Bird’s Nest Hare’s Ear. As the water cools, make sure to really slow down any movement your giving the flies to achieve an enticing presentation. The best way to avoid crowds is still to get on the water early or stay late into the evening.
Suggested Dries: Thorax Callibaetis #14-16, Almost Dun Callibaetis #14-16, D&D Cripple #14-16, High-Vis Callibaetis #14-16, Rusty Spinner #16-18, CDC Flying Ant #16, Peacock Chubby Chernobyl #16
Suggested Nymphs: Bird’s Nest Hare’s Ear #16-18, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #16-18, Dark Assassin #16-18, Black Two Bit Hooker #16-18, Flashback PT #16-18, Soft Hackle PT #16-18, Olive or Black Balanced Leech #12-16, Ruby Balanced Leech #14, Thin Mint #8-12, Olive or Brown Wooly Bugger #8-12