As we creep through February there has been no sign of the bite letting up. We have had and heard of great number days all over the lake. Many of those days including more than one or two fish over ten pounds. There has also been the very special days where we will see a dozen or more fish over 10 lbs in the net. This year has been fishing phenomenally. With the Pilot Peak strain in full swing we are seeing larger colored up fish that frequent the shallows. Mornings and late afternoons/evenings are still the best. When there is weather or low light conditions there has been a more consistent bite through the day. It’s been very cold and we are getting a decent amount of snow at times at lake level which is fairly rare If you can drive out safely it has really been worth the trip.
Fish are feeding in the 5-12 foot range depending on the beach. Both indicator and stripping have been successful. Although we have been seeing a bit more grabs using midges and nymphs in shallower water.
Here are some fly patterns that are going to be key to have in the box. For indicator set ups. Midges and nymphs in black, wine and red with variety of bead colors. Balanced leeches in olive, black and white. For stripping the always essential popcorn beetles and boobies in various colors. Wooly buggers and streamers 1-3” in olive, black and white.
Being patient and waiting for the schools to come through is crucial. Stay warm and comfortable and try to put in the time. Then big fish are on chew and like we keep saying. The time is now! We are filling out dates fast but there is still plenty of time to book at trip!
Sometimes Mother Nature has her own ideas. Our Feb 10th Retrieving Clinic has been rescheduled to Feb 23rd. We have a few spots open so contact us, get signed up and come on out and learn the tips and tricks that will help you gain confidence with your new retrieving techniques.