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Hume Lake

Suggested Flies for the Hume Lake area:
Westside Sierras Hatch Selection

Other Local Favorites:

Streamer Flies:
Mohair Leech #8-10
Woolly Bugger, Brown and Olive #6-8
Denny's Seal Bugger #8-10
J.Fair's Wiggle Tail #8-10

Martis Midge #14-16
Zebra Midge #14-18
Disco Midge, Red #14-18

Directions: From Fresno, go east on Highway 180 for 55 miles to King's Canyon National Park. Turn at Hume Lake Road and drive 3 miles south to lake.

Hume Lake Hume Lake (85 acres) was developed around 1908 when two timber investors bought the property and built a dam across Tenmile Creek. The water from the lake was used to supply log flumes which brought logs to the Sanger Timber Mill. Within a short period, the viable timber was removed and the area became available for recreation purposes. Hume Lake is a busy vacation area, particularly for Church Camps during the summer. It is stocked with about 32,000 Rainbows each year and have holdovers that get to a good size. Hume Lake Christian Camp plants over 3,700 pounds of rainbows in the 12-14 inch range and several hundred in the 3-5 Lb. range from the San Joaquin Hatchery. Large resident Browns are also present. The best time to flyfish this lake is during the Fall period when many of the campers have gone home. Float tube the shorelines, particularly along the dam and Sandy Cove. During the Summer, most of the trout will inhabit the deepest portions of the lake. Fish Finders are useful in locating the fish. The only hatch at Hume Lake is a Blood Midge that is particularly heavy during the Spring. Midge patterns should be fished close to the bottom with a slight sporadic twitch. During June, the wind-borne Ants often provide a food source for the trout and a #16 Ant pattern will be good during the low-light periods of the day. Buggers should be fished quite slowly, they represent pollywogs that are a major food source for the trout. Later in the Fall, speed up your retrievals, since the bugger patterns will mimic the Sacramento Perch fry that also inhabit the water. This pattern retrieval can be particularly good around Sandy Cove for the larger Browns.

Tenmile Creek can be fished either above or below the lake. It contains both Rainbows and Browns in the 8-10 inch size. The lower portion of Tenmile Creek can have some larger trout as it gets closer to the Kings River. Use your usual assortment of Sierra dries, such as Royal Wulffs, Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Kings River Caddis, and Stimulators. Nymphs to use are Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear and PTN's.

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