Outing Leaders: David Williams and Eric Olson
Coffee Pot Lake is best known for its prodigious chironomid hatches that feed rainbow trout reaching nearly 24 inches long. In addition to those big trout, swimming under the fly fishers radar are plenty of largemouth bass that go up to 5 pounds. It has black crappie and some yellow perch as well. Coffeepot is located in a deep coulee a few miles northeast of Odessa, so a floating device is necessary. We’ll stay at a primitive BLM campground at the lake, complete with vault toilet.
You’ll want chironomids–some with weight and some without. If the water is still cool, then the fish will be working deep. Last June, the fish were cruising the surface. TDC’s, Ice Cream Cones, and your favorite chironomid patterns in size 14-18 work. Dragonfly nymphs such as Chickabou Dragon or Draper Dragon (Flies Of The Northwest pattern book) on a sinking line will take fish. Of course the ubiquitous black or olive rabbit bugger will catch most anything.
All you need to have the most topwater fun with the largemouth is The Hamster (Flyfishing for Western Smallmouth) and expect a nasty strike from a big rainbow as well. Add a white baitfish pattern (ask Eric Olson for his pattern) and you’ll be set.
A $25 outings fee covers all food for the weekend.
What to Bring
- Washington fishing license.
- Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights. Don’t forget sun screen, a hat, and dark glasses.
- Plan on needing 4-6 weight rods. Everyone uses floating lines with 3X and 4X leaders. Bring 5X leader material if you have to put on really small flies.
- Camping gear and a folding camp chair.
- Remember a camera in a waterproof case (heavy-duty Ziplock bag will do).
- Water bottle with liquid.
- Don’t leave camp without your lunch (provided).
- I-90 east to Exit 206
- Take WA-21 north towards Odessa
- Get ice and other last minutes supplies in Odessa, continue north on WA-21
- Turn right (east) on Coffeepot Road
- Turn right at Coffeepot Lake. We will be staying at the campground at Coffeepot Lake.