The recent storm cycle has really improved fishing at the lake. Seems as if the combination of wind and precip has been able to raise the water temps a few degrees and encourage the fish to move into the shallows with some more regularity. The approach can vary, stripping or indicator, daily so be prepared with both rigs.
A couple tips to think about:
When fishing a floating line don’t fish too deep. The fish will most often eat in an upward direction. Progressively deepening until you find the fish feeding/cruising depth.
When fishing a sinking line, shorten the leader to 20″-24″ to first fly and 24″-36″ to second fly. This will allow your sinking line to do the work getting the flies close to the bottom and have the angler keep a good connection.
The river has also benefitted from recent storms. Cloud cover and some natural runoff have created great conditions. Focus on the cloudy days when you can and mid day has been fishing the best with the most bug activity.
We have been finding most of our fish using small dark nymphs and egg patterns. The Baetis are still showing up mid day and the fish are responding to them well. Again, cloud cover offers the best opportunity for bug activity. In the absence of clouds try to pick shaded reaches or approach in periods of low light.
If you are interested in trying an egg pattern and are unsure how to set it up. Swing by the shop and let one of us walk you through it. We have a full selection of color and sizes and can cover the basics and best way to setup to improve presentation and protect the fish when hooked.
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