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Fly Fishing Places: Walker Lake at Diamond Belle Ranch Washington
When: We have fished in May and October
Methods: Equipment and How
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Fishing with Ladin: Fly Fishing TV Show, Videos, VOD and Articles inspires young and old to enjoy the outdoors. Travel the Northwest with them as they reveal the beauty of nature and the practice of catch and release fly fishing through an entertaining format that is fast-paced and humorous. Fly fishing places is designed to give the fly fisherman the basics of where, when and how to fly fish some of the places we have been around the Northwest. 

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We have fished Walker Lake several times in the last few years as they are one of our sponsors. It is a private lake fishery managed for fly fishing and other outdoor recreation. It is located between Tonasket and Republic Washington on Highway 20 close to a little town of Wauconda. There are a limited number of rods (Fly fishers) allowed each day. You can stay at the Lodge and use the lake, or you can pay a rod fee and fish for the day. Check out their website for current fees. Walker is a small 40-acre lake with no gas motors allowed. 
Travel: We stayed at the Lodge at Walker Lake each time. It is well kept, beautifully rustic and reasonably priced. It was a treat to sit around the great room area with a huge fireplace crackling as we looked out over the lake. This place is worth going just for a rustic ranch experience but of course the fishing is why we were there.  
Equipment: We fly fished with nine-foot five weight and nine foot seven-weight rods. Over the two trips we used about every kind of fishing technique we know to catch fish in lakes. Full sink, intermediate sink, and dry lines. We did not use a sink tip. Leaders varied but most common was 9 to 12 ft poly leaders. The fluorocarbon tippets 3X and 4X. Always wear eye protection.

How: Walker lake does provide row boats, but you can also bring your own. If you are not sure about what flies to use, you can call the caretaker who usually has some ideas about what has been working. Just Goggle Diamond Belle Ranch to check it out and find contact information. 

It seems like private lake fishing in Washington is getting tougher and tougher to manage. There are not that many places left especially with reasonable rates. Diamond Belle is truly a gem.

In May we had the best fishing experience. We started the day fishing with bloodworms and Chironimid pupae, catching several fish in the two-four-pound range. Then there was a lull in the action, and I noticed some mayflies starting to hatch. I switched to a mayfly nymph imitation and immediately was rewarded with several fish. This lasted for about an hour and then we noticed fish rising in shallow water. They were going after the Mayflies within twenty feet form shore. We started casting to rising fish. The action was incredible. It was difficult to get the flies in front of cruising fish but when we did, we almost always had a take. 

We started with nymph off a dry line, so they stayed very shallow and we got several chases and takes. All nice fish. Then after seeing many rises, we switched to a size twelve Parachute Adams, trying to get the fly in front of fish far enough not to spook them and then wait patiently for them to come the way of our fly. Man, it was intense and exciting. We caught two fish with the dry, both over three pounds. Later in the afternoon there was also the first signs of a Damselfly hatch. We caught our biggest fish of the trip with Damselfly imitations in the afternoons. They really smacked the Damsels hard. This is definitely some of the best times of the year for catching lots of fish and bigger fish. Walker lake fish seem very willing to take dry flies. We did well and a couple of other fishermen that were fishing the lake did well most of the day with dry flies. A large Ant pattern worked very well.

In October, the fishing was not quite as good, but still very good and the scenery was incredible. The Tamaracks surrounding the lake were all turning yellow-orange and the weather was perfect. Beautiful sixty-degree sunny days. We mostly trolled different leech patterns and had good success, but we did also anchor the boat a drop offs and cast and strip leeches with good success. There was a Damselfly hatch in the late afternoon, allowing us to cast towards shore and strip back fairly quickly. This netted several fish. The fish were very healthy and fought well, many fish jumping several times. 

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