We’ve past the peak of the gray drakes on the lower river, but they remain quite numerous. Some green drakes are present, and at nearly dark, brown drakes emerge. PMDs are everywhere, and so are evening caddis. A few golden stones also remain, and flavs are coming on. We cannot be specific about what will work at a given time, so taking life cycle patterns for all these insects (and then others like midges or BWOs) is the best strategy. So the fun of fishing now is finding what they are taking during your visit.
It’s the same deal on the upper river which is finally coming around to great fishing. As with the lower river, approach it with patterns for whatever could be emerging during your visit. Also be prepared for fish to switch interest from one insect to another.
Most reports have fishing improving here. Much of the reason is active damselfly nymphs. Look for the channels around weed beds to present your favorite damselfly nymph patterns. This is mainly a shallow water emergence, meaning lesser need to get to depths of the lake, so intermediate or slow sinking lines are the ticket.
Fishing in shallow water remains good in shallow water throughout, but fish are beginning to move out into the lake as weed growth hosting food has begun and the lake warms. Mohair leeches , damselfly nymph, beadhead peacock leeches on intermediate lines have been effective.
Fishing remains spotty. Success depends on who you talk to. We have reports of some fish encountered from the north shoreline, around the county boat dock, and the state park. Try mohair leeches in your favorite colors, damselfly nymph patterns, and tiny fly rod jigs on an intermediate line.
Still spotty fishing with no particular place in the lake more outstanding than others. We have reports of a few fish being caught around cliffs, county boat dock, and northwest corner all on leech patterns. Best fishing is about a month ahead when fish get going big time on damselfly nymphs.
Fish are in the shallows all around the lake, and they are eager to hit flies. Small leech patterns presented on slow sink or intermediate lines are best. The problem is the weather. It’s gonna be COLD and even WINDY and SNOWY. So dress and drive accordingly.