Typical Lake Alice rainbow trout caught, in this case, on an orange streamer.
The right hand photo shows the view from the boat launch. A quiet spot that happened to be the first place I caught a fish in Washington. Typically I’ve used simple streamers pulled slowly through the water; slow or near stationary nymphs or small dry flies seem to work fine too.
I’ve had perhaps the most enjoyable take of a nymph on Lake Alice when I saw a trout feeding about 25 yards away working along in a line about a foot below the surface and causing the surface water to churn. I casted 5-6 yards ahead of the fish with a bite indicator that suspended the nymph about 18″ below the surface. I then watched as the trout made successive takes under the surface moving directly toward my fly – each time I counted down 3, 2, 1 – bang. The indicator shot down and the fish was hooked. It turned out to be a rainbow trout about 15″ long.