Lost Lake, Clatsop State Forest

I went out to the Nehalem River the other day to see if the Searun Cutthroat had made there way up into the river yet but all I could find were a few six to ten inchers hiding in the riffles. So instead of hiking up and down the river on this particular 90 degree day (sorry bro, I know 90 is nothing to you) I decided to head up to Lost Lake. For some reason there are at least four Lost Lakes in Oregon but this particular one is a nice 45 minute drive from Portland and is located in the Clatsop State Forest. I pumped up my Costco pontoon (yeah Costco has a pontoon) and headed on out with a chips and a cooler of beers. You get to wondering on your third beer, as you float around and have not landed a single fish, “wow do I really suck this bad?” but then the sun went over the edge of the trees around the end of beer three the hatch started. Little caddis and what looked like tons of trico. I wasn’t able to catch any of the trico (it’s hard to catch fast bugs in a slow boat) but the little black caddis were around and some were landing on me so I took that as a sign. I have only recently started tying flies in mass instead of the one off here or there like I did before so I had plenty of little elk hair caddis to throw on out. There is something so great about a fish taking the fly that you tied just that morning. Ahhhhh… About ten to twelve fish later my wife and daughter came back from the coast, which is only 25 minutes away, and picked me up. I like my lazy Costco pontoon.

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