Rainbow Bend Lodges

 

Rainbow Bend Lodges 16456 SE High Meadow Loop, Portland, Oregon 97236

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Native Rainbow TroutFly Fish The NAKNEK RIVER
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WILD TROPHY RAINBOWS

June 8 - October 31

June can be excellent for Trophy Rainbows at Lake Camp (the mouth of the Naknek River) and in the "Rapids" area just up river from our river front cabins. The Rainbows winter in the enormous Naknek Lake which holds the state's largest Rainbow on average. In 1991, a 23 lb. Rainbow was caught. During this time period are migrating out of the river and salmon smolt are an important source of feed. Smolt and Fry patterns work well in June fishing is frantic. The first part of July, especially during the warm sunny days, dry fly fishing is excellent as insect life forms appear.  Elk-Hair caddis and Stone Flies are some of our favorites.

Around mid August these Rainbows move into the salmon spawning areas. A prime location is the "Rapids" area - just up river from the cabins. As the salmon spawn, these hungry Rainbows hang right behind them to feed on the eggs. Glo-Bugs and Egg patterns work great during this time period. As the year moves on into mid September to freeze-up, the best fishing for large Rainbows (10-15 lb. range) starts and continues to get better. Leeches, Flesh Flies, Glo-Bugs, Olive Wooly Bugger, and Sculpins are all favorites. Deep drifting from boats can be exceptional for these late fall bows. We ask that you please practice a strict catch and release policy with these magnificent fish.

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ARCTIC CHAR AND GRAYLING: June 8 - October 1

wpe104.jpg (17893 bytes)Arctic Char and Grayling are in significant populations on the Naknek River. Arctic Char range from 2-4 lb. and Graying from 14-16 inches with an occasional 18 incher. Arctic Char bag limits are 10 per day, Grayling are 5 per day. Elk hair caddis and egg patterns are some favorites.

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