The weather has yet to shut Iron Canyon Reservoir down. The fishing should be great!

The Fly Shop

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Current Lake Conditions:
Reports are scarce from this classic mountain lake. We recommend you go this week. At least for the next week, weather conditions are good!

Definitely worth a look if you are in the area fishing the Pit River. Snow can make access to this secret lake next to impossible. It hasn't snowed yet! For this week, weather conditions will remain seasonably warm, creating favorable conditions for still waters like Iron Canyon. Hot flies: #16-20 red and/or black midge patterns. Clouser Minnows will work here, stripped on a RIO Intermediate or Deep 7 sinking line.

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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
• Frostbite #16-18
• Chromie #16-18
• Zebra Midge #16-20
• Micro Mayfly #14-18
• Blood Geyser Midge Red #10-16
• GB Half Flashback PT #16-20

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

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