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Fly Fishing Quick Tip – Spring Lake Fishing

By March 20, 2014 No Comments

Tips on Early Spring Fly Fishing in Lakes Spring officially arrived this week and as the weather warms the ice recedes on trout lakes across the country.  This can be a very productive time of year on many lakes and we wanted to offer a few tips on fly fishing lakes in the spring. 1- Target deeper water.  Just after the ice recedes off of a lake the water near the surface is 35 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, but the deeper sections of the lake, still insulated by water above is 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  Trout are most comfortable in water temperatures in this range, so you will find them sitting mainly in deeper sections of the lake.  The frequency of storms in the early spring also tends to drive fish into deeper water due to changing barometric pressure. 2- Fish streamer patterns with a slow retrieve.  Nights below freezing and very cold water temperatures makes for very little insect life in the early spring.  Streamer patterns are a great option during the early spring as trout feed on crayfish, minnows, and leeches. Cold water slows down trout metabolism and makes fish less eager to chase fast moving prey.  Use a slow retrieval to increase your chances of convincing a fish to give chase. 3- Midge it. As the weather starts to warm in later spring and you start seeing clouds of midges in the bays and shoals of the lake you will know it is time to switch tactics from streamers to midge and chironomid patterns.  As the sun warms the water and the lake becomes a fairly uniform temperature the trout will move up in the weedbeds in the bays of the lake to feed on the midges that are becoming active and hatching into adults.  A midge or chironomid pattern dropped off of a strike indicator fished in these shallower bays can be very productive in the late spring. Here are some great midge and streamer patterns to get you started when fly fishing a lake. For more ideas on fly fishing lakes watch this video by Orvis: See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons]]>

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