Stillwater Fly Fishing (Lake Fishing)

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Stillwater fly fishing is a tool most reached for in the spring when the rivers and streams are at the highest and muddiest during runoff. However much of the fly fishing logic we use on rivers and streams simply can’t be used when fly fishing lakes. The simple fact that trout remain pretty much static in one location on the river bottom while trout in lakes are always on the move at different depths creates a huge divide on how we fly fish. The absence of current in a lake changes the dynamics on both how we fly fish for trout in a lake and the different equipment we use to catch them.

Lake Fishing

Fly fishing lakes and ponds can be frustrating especially if you are accustomed to fishing streams and rivers. Understanding how lake trout live, feed and behave can make the difference between fly fishing success and failure. Learn some of the successful strategies on how to fish lakes and ponds and understand the insect population that thrives in the water-breathing world of still water. You will learn the best types of equipment including the most effective flies, various floating devices, and which types of fly line to use. Descriptions of some of the best still water fly fishing in Southwest Idaho will focus on the best times of the day and times of year to fish these waters.

Some of the best fly fishing lakes in the Northwest are just a couple of hours from the Treasure Valley and have been producing large trout and large catch rates for years. Learn where these lakes are, the strategies used to fly fish them and what the best flies are to use there. Other lakes in our area will also be discussed in the same manner. There will be a full discussion on what types of floating devices are out on the market that is available to fly anglers for use in lakes. These discussions will center on the advantages, disadvantages and cost of different makes of floating devices.