Crane Prairie Update

Crane Prairie Update

Fish are in the channels seeking the coldest water in the lake, be sure to utilize your depth finder and locate those deepers spots. We like to focus on the holes and outside bends to find the coldest water possible where those fish will hold. Fish will cruise the channels but I wouldn’t wait around for them, when action slows find new water moving frequently until you find those active fish.

A 2 fly indicator rig is still the best bet, downsizing  your flies this time of year is a good idea as well as going to a lighter tippit as those fish can get very picky. Fish 4x to 5x fluoro to a dark assassin or a birds nest above a balanced leech or a small midge pattern. Always giving those flies time to sink and then twitching the rig to give your bugs a bit of movement.The damsels are pretty much over for the year but those nymphs are always in the lake and a food source for trout year round. Although the heat will put some fish off, stripping an olive woolly bugger or a damsel will produce fish, just remember to let it sink to the correct depth and fish it slow.

Suggested Dries: Parachute Callibaetis #14-16, Thorax Callibaetis #14-16, Last Chance Cripple #14-18, Parachute Adams #16-20, Black or Red CDC Flying Ant #16, Black Foam Ant #16, Foam Beetle #16, Peacock Chubby Chernobyl #16, Tan X-Caddis #14-18, Tan Cutter’s Caddis #14-18, Outrigger Caddis #14-18, Griffith’s Gnat #18-22

Suggested Nymphs: Dark Assassin #16-18, Bird’s Nest Hare’s Ear #14-18, Black or Bird’s Nest Depth Charge #16-18, Black or Red Zebra Midge #16-20, Brown Micro Mayfly #16-20, Balanced Assassin #16, Poxyback Callibaetis #14-18, Black or Red Ice Cream Cone #14-16, Olive Juju Chironomid #16, Gillie Midge #16-20, Traffic Light Chironomid #16-18, Ruby or Olive Balanced Leech #12-16

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