Good fishing is still happening at Lewiston Lake, and it will continue through August!

Lewiston Lake - Lewiston, CA (Trinity County)

by The Fly Shop

Current Lake Conditions: Not too much in the way of dry fly fishing lately, but it can happen early in the AM. Sometimes, there's Callibaetis coming off mid day, but we are in the very end of that window. Don't expect a big hatch, but enough to produce a nice bite lasting for an hour or so. The rainbows here will almost always chase crystal buggers. The bite dies off after 3:30 PM. Some anglers report in with good fishing in the late afternoon/early evening hours. Expect hot sunny days through the coming week. Best to fish Lewiston in the early morning hours. Anglers fishing nymphs can do very well on Lewiston! Water conditions are always good and there's no shortage of rainbows in this spring-creek-like lake!

Go check the fishing out on Lewiston. There are some seriously big rainbows here. Some go well over 22". Expect good fishing almost any day of the week!

The Fly Shop's Tips: A productive technique is suspending #22 red zebra midges or Gidgets under a treated piece of poly yarn. A single BB shot will get the flies down deep. About 7-8 feet. When using indicators, the takes can be difficult to see and detect. Successful indicator anglers keep the flies in the water, sometimes letting the drift extend all the way to the backing, then low and slow retrieve. Sink tip fly lines allow anglers to retrieve leeches, buggers and small nymphs fast or slow. This lake is best fished from a motorized boat, pram or pontoon boat. Float tubes are fine if you are okay with walking back up to the parking lot after the slow current of Lewiston pushes you south of the boat ramp.

Suggested Fly Patterns:

Dry Flies:

• Black Flying Ant
• Carpenter Ant
• Parachute Adams #14
• Hackle Stackers - BWO #18
• Parachute Adams - #14-18
• Fox's Scum Dun #14
• Mayfly Cripples
• Mercer's Poxyback Callibaetis Emerger

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• CB Frostbites - #18
• Sparkle Scuds #14-16
• Pseudo Mays in brown and/or olive - #16-18
• Lightnin's Biot Baetis #16-18
• Tobinator - Rust #16
• Ultra Scuds #16
• Sparkle Scuds
• Serendipity - #20
• Chromies - #18-20
• Mercer's Micro May - Black #18
• BH Pheasant Tail Nymph #16-18
• Pheasant Tail Nymph #14-16
• Sparkle Scuds - #14-16
• Zebra Midges - #18-20
• Mercer's Gidgets

• Translucent Wiggle Tail
• Woolly Bugger (Any)
• Zack's Swimming Leech - #8
• Zack's Damseleech - Orange/Olive

Fly Fishing Gear:
• Outcast Fish Cat 9-IR
• Simms Freestone Stocking-foot Waders
• Patagonia's Riverwalker Rubber Sole Boot
• Dinsmore Removable Egg Shape Shot
• Fishpond Swift Current Thermometer

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