We are really starting to see bigger fish coming in at all periods of the day.
Local anglers and alike have reported they have had a very good week with (4+) fish in the 19lb range caught, (26+) fish in the 10-15 lb range and a mix of the 3-7 lbers keeping anglers rods bent. Storms have been bringing more and more fish to the shore. Just look at Social Media, you’ll see that the quality of fish coming in is quite impressive and it’s not just the locals hanging big fish. Guided trips and Do it Yourself anglers have had good success rates.
The fish have been very active especially when there are clouds or chop on the surface. Which is great news for the very near future as it's a very steady uphill climb. Fish are still being caught from North to South. Pick your spot and have confidence. We say this every week, don't miss your bites. Pay attention, If it looks or feels like a take set the hook. As Don Iovino always says "Swings are free".
Don't be on your phone and don't be day dreaming. The fish know when your not looking. You think we are kidding ? We have seen it happen time and time again.
Morning and Evening bites have been fairly consistent everywhere. Blockhouse, Sandhole, Windless Bay, Warrior, Indian Head, Popcorn and Pelican are all safe bets to fish. The flies you will want to have in your arsenal include: popcorn beetles and boobies in white, black, chartreuse, red/pink and combos of those colors.The trailing fly has been less specific as all bait fish streamers, clousers, wooly buggers and wooly worms etc. all have been doing very well. Again in the same colors as the beetles and boobies but use opposite colors when using the pair for higher contrast between flies. Floating line with and without an indicator has been producing it’s fair share of lunkers. Midges and nymphs have been working just as well as balanced leeches for us. Successful colors for anything hanging is black, olive, grey and red/wine. We recommend using gold, copper and white tungsten beads on your midges. With tungsten being heavier then brass your flies will hang more vertical and stay in the zone. Don't be afraid to vary depths or retrieve speed as well. There are big fish lurking and putting your time in through next month will be one of your best times to catch your personal best cutthroat.
This time of year can be cold so be sure to bring layers. Extra sets of socks and other warm clothes are always handy. It’s worth baring the weather for the fish of a lifetime. This January has fished incredibly better than last year paving the way for a great spring.
We have 2 spots remaining for our Feb 10th Retrieving Clinic with Casey Anderson and Morgan Kane. If you want to dial in this technique and gain confidence, contact us and get your spot.
We have 3 storm systems coming in this week and if you want your chance at a trophy I would get to the lake. Our Pyramid Fly Co Team has some available dates, give us a call and lets get you on the water. Can’t catch em on the couch.
See you on the water !
Casey Anderson and the Pyramid Fly Co Team.