The Fish are on the move at lake Crowley, so the Fisherman have to move if the is no action.

The Trout Fitter Staff

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Water Conditions: Fair to Good The algae is pretty much a non-issue. Lake continues to drop and is down about 6 feet from its high water point. Cold nights are killing weeds quickly but still more weeds this time of year than I have ever seen.

Fishing Conditions and Hatches: Fly fishing at lake Crowley is good right now. I never thought I'd say the words "too many weeds" this late in the season but the combination of lots of good temperature water and lots of weeds have the big fish spread out from McGee to the Owens mouth. Small fish are everywhere including the 280,000 fingerlings just dumped in at the Fish Camp. With some more bigger Rainbows and Cutthroats scheduled before the end of the season the grand total will be over 500,000. 'Back to the good ol' days! It is a late bite starting about 10:30 and then you've got to keep moving from spot to spot to keep on them. Green Banks, Leighton, Sandy and the west side of McGee are the prime target areas.

Recommended Flies:

#16 Black Optimidge w/green flashback, red/black Optimidge, Mickey's Red Baron early.

DRIES: Forget the dries.

STREAMERS: Stillwater Hares, Perfection Perch, Punk Perch, Hornbergs. Burgandy to orange leech patterns stripped and under the indicator both.

Guides Hint: Fish are territorial this time of year so pulling up to a spot and getting grabs for 15 minutes then nothing thereafter is typical. Five Minute Rule applies . . . no grabs for 5 minutes, move 100 ft for a new audience.


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