Iron Canyon Rainbows and Browns are hitting Streamers

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Current Lake Conditions:
Iron Canyon rainbows and browns will eat San Juan worms, #14-18 Pseudo Mays, Skips Nymph, Blood Geyser Midges. There are plenty of fish in this big reservoir hidden away near Big Bend and the Pit River. Clouser Minnows stripped on a Deep-7 will work! Best fished from a motorized boat, but an angler in a float tube can do well! If the fishing is tough on Iron Canyon, head on over to the Pit River that runs through the town of Big Bend, CA.

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The Fly Shop's  Tips:
You can attack this lake either one of two ways, Indicator and nymphs or sinking lines and streamers. The midge hatches are usually strong and fishing a Blood Midge with a Black Midge Pupa dropper is deadly. For those who want to cast and retrieve flies, Leeches and Bugger style flies work great. Clouser Minnows are a fantastic fly on Iron Canyon! Fishing a #16 BH PT Nymph on the end of a tapered leader attached to a floating line is an all time best way to find fish here. Once flies are cast, use a very slow retrieve, just move the line enough to stay tight to the fly and feel the thuds of the take!

Reservoir Fact:
The nearby town of Big Bend has many geothermal hot springs nearby. Some of the hot wells are used to heat the local School, public swimming pool and a green house. Hmmm. Don't hesitate to stop by the local grocery store, gas station called the Pit Stop.



• Scum Dun Callibaetis #14
• D&D Cripple Callibaetis #16

Nymphs/Wet Flies:
• San Juan Worm Fire #8-14
• Zebra Midge #16-20
• Micro Mayfly #14-18
• Blood Geyser Midge Red #10-16
• GB Half Flashback PT #16-20
• Fox's Callibeeotis #14

• Freshwater Clouser Olive/White
• Lite Bright Bugger
• Zonkers
• Zack's Zugger Yellow/Brown

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