Just returned after fishing Green Lake and Chopaka. Green is located about 15 minutes out side of Omack.
Our party of four fished Green (dry's only) and experimented with various dry patterns just for the fun of it and had a great time. As with dry's, in many cases it's how you fish the fly, but it was a relaxing time with the fish averaging 12-14 inches. Now, on to Chopaka.
As in the past 10 years, we stayed at Spectacle lake and commuted to Chopaka. (It's about 11 miles.) The road is rough as always, but we've seen worse.
We started fishing around 10am and basically no one started catching fish until about noon, which is when the callebetis hatch began. (Lots of damsels, but fishing damsles was slow.)
I used my patented size 16 fly called the "grey ugly" and had a wonderful two days.
Caught numerous fish 18" and a few 19-21. Secret? Find out where the callibaetis are hatching and cast to the rises or nervous water; in my cases they were in a foot of water.
On Wednesday I was catching them a foot from shore or in the cattails. Being able to double haul and cast accurately makes a significant difference and eliminates blind casting with hope there may be a fish present.
There were challenges. Rises would shut down at times for 10-15 minutes, but once a rise was recognized I'd target that fish or close to it and pick one up. The actual hatch reached it's peak between 1:30 and 2:00 pm.
The fish are strong and in most cases took at least 5-10 minutes to land. That prevented me from having a 20 fish day. Several thew the hook (good news) and several dove into the cattails and broke off......(bad news.) Missed several, but from noon to 3:00pm it was lights out busy casting, landing and doctoring the fly.
My friends also fish only dry's and were using a size 16 sparkle dun and having some success.
We found it interesting 99% of the fishermen were trolling or fishing chronomids and kept coming over and asking what we were using.
All in all it's a mecca for us dry guys. Contact me for any question on where to fish etc.
Thanks Clayton ----- Great report .