COF Hosmer Lake Outing
Hosmer Lake is about 40 minutes from Bend. It is creek fed and very clear early in the season. Hosmer is flyfishing only and catch and release. The lake has Rainbows, Brook and cutthroat trout, 14” – 18” is common, but it holds fish up to 24”. It has a lower and an upper lake connected by a slow flowing channel. The lower lake is 11’ deep, but you will find most of your fishing is 4 – 6’ deep. There is an additional finger off the main channel that leads to a small dam. The channel leads to the upper lake, about a 25-minute row. Hosmer allows electric motors only. With the clear water, you will be able to see fish easily in the channel and upper lake. Early season, there is extensive bird life and more importantly, there is few watercraft (SUP, Kayaks and canoes). Later in the season the lake can be very, very busy with visitors. There is almost no bank access. Arriving early, before 7:00, in warmer months is important. The boat launch can become very busy and parking may be non-existent. A trailered boat is OK, but parking will be a challenge at times.
Tackle and Techniques: Insect life varies with midges, caddis, mayflies, damsels and dragonfies. Chironomids, Zebra Midge and balanced leaches under a strike indicator along the weed edges in the lakes and in the channels account for a lot of fish all season. There can be very good Callibaetis dry fly fishing at times. Stripping Damsels and leaches is also effective. Use a 5 or 6 weight rod with a floater or very slow sinking line.
Camping: Hosmer has plenty of camping, but nothing close to the water.
We will meet at the Hosmer boat launch at 7:30 AM
Near by camping: https://www.recreation.gov/
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For more info contact: Eric White