Damselflies are all over the lake

Doug Rodricks

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The damselflies are all over the lake this month and the fish are breaking the surface all over to get at them. The nymphs of the damselflies have coincided with the hatch of the perch fry this season. Combine this with a record “high water” year, and you have an exciting time to fish streamers, nymphs, midges, and callibaetis imitations. Everything is on the menu currently, but it does vary from day to day which fly will work the best. The fish are changing their feeding behavior at different times of the day as the conditions change. Locating heavy holding areas will get you into the fish along with fishing the right flies. It is a good mix of rainbows, browns and cutthroat lately. There are now fish in the shallow water in the channels and in the deeper water close to the weed beds. Best flies currently are: Parallel Assassin Dark and Light – 16; Assassin Dark and Light – 16; Parallel Punk Perch Dark and Light – 14, 16; Broken Back Dark Zebra Midge- 16; Crystal Tiger Midge Long -18; Broken Back Copper Tiger Midge – 18; Crystal Copper Tiger Midge – 18; Crystal Midge Pupa Black – 20; Crystal Caddis Larva Olive Copper – 18; Punk Perch Dark and Light – 14, 16; Damsel Nymph Dark and Light; Flashback Pheasant Tail Tungsten Black Head – 14, 16, 18.

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