It has been an excellent spring to be fishing Crane and the good fishing has continued for our guides that have been on the water in the last week. We have seen the vast majority of fish come on the indicator rig at this point. It’s still early and a little too cold to expect to see much in the way of Damsels or Callibaetis anytime soon, but there are a lot of midges coming off and fish are feeding heavily on leeches and other aquatic food services. The fish are spread throughout the lake so there is opportunity to find fish in the channels, shallows, timber, and pretty much anywhere else. That being said, the fish aren’t everywhere and moving constantly until you find actively feeding fish is a good idea. It’s probably not worth sitting on a spot for more than 15-20 minutes if you aren’t finding fish and are confident with your flies. Most of the Chironomids are pretty small, so it’s a good idea to stay in the #16-18 range for the best chances of success.
Suggested Flies: Black Ice Cream Cone #14, Black or Purple Zebra Midge #16-18, Traffic Light Black Nugget, Tiger Midge #16–18, Black Chironocone #18, Juju Chironomid #14-16, Dark Assassin #16-18, Bird’s Nest Hare’s Ear #16-18, Black or Bird’s Nest Depth Charge #16-18, Bruised Balanced Leech #10-14, Olive Balanced Leech #10-14, Olive or Black Wooly Bugger #10-12, Thin Mint #10-12, Agent Black #16, Olive or Black BH Mini Leech #12