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Stillwater
Trout


Successful fishing for stillwater trout is achieved by fishing imitations of the resident insects.  Since trout consumes the majority of their food in the littoral zone of lakes, that is where you need to fish. Maybe even on the very bottom of that zone, depending on the insect. This can be done either by weighting the flies or by fishing a sinking fly line with unweighted flies.

     Often the insects can best be imitated using weighted line and unweighted flies, which have more natural movement in the water. For this, we often use a kreh loop to attach our flies giving them the freedom to wag when retrieved. Given the above, it is imperative that you know how your flies are weighted - or not. This you cannot know if you just pick up a fly at a shop or online. If you know what you are tying on, you can have a double digit day on most outings. Flies we fish are hare's ears, phesant tails (PT's), leaches, damsel fly numphs, midges, and minnows. Obviously, we do these in a multitude of colors. Sizes are generally #14 down to #18.

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