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    Been to a valley lake the last few days and there have been fish very active on the surface. The problem is I cannot get anything to rise on some dry flies I have been tossing. Any ideas what works well right now in local lakes? Ive only been fly fishing for about a year and just started lake fly fishing this year. Any ideas and tips would be nice. Another thing, in the lake Im fishing there are rainbows and grayling. Thanks for any tips and hook suggestions.

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    My kid had good luck last weekend with a Griffith Gnat to the jumpers. I fished the drop offs for something a little bigger. You can never go wrong with a wooly bugger.....


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    I'll bite.

    The #1 food source for trout in lakes are midges. Chironimids as we call them. Try Wikipedia.

    Often 'rises' are subsurface takes. If it doesn't leave a few big bubbles, chances are they are taking the pupas below the surface. They'll still leave a ring when the momentum caries them up. Trout look up for food.

    You will see the adults on the water. Usually black, flat wing on their back and can be quite small. They are difficult to fish as a dry fly.

    Back to the pupae or emerger. This can be an extremely delicate game. If they are sipping them, which they commonly do because there is no 'sense of urgency' because they are not going to fly away like an adult on the water, they can take your fly and spit it out without you ever knowing.

    Try getting in front of them with zero movement and a strike indicator 6" to 18" inches above a chironimid pupa. Black or red. If you see ANY movement of the indicator- lift your rod quickly. 5x tippet and I use flourocarbon.

    Do a little Internet research on fishing Chironimids.

    I've had 50+ fish days this spring when the buggers just weren't doing it.....

    Good luck.

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    There's a good article on this exact subject in the latest issue of Fish Alaska written by the owner of Mosey's Fly Shop (in Anchorage). Get a copy or a subscription, it's well worth it.
    To bead or not to bead, that is the question...

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    Another option is what we call grease lining very similar to what Mike has pointed out with the indicator fishing. You can use Ginks, grease your leader with the exception of the last couple of inches again as Mike pointed out Midge fishing however I use Griffith Gant versus fishing the Chirmonimids exact duplication. Seems to work find and allows my mind to be in the vegitated state it enjoys without tyring to match the exact hatch all the time.

    Have fun! Best wishes!

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    Thanks for the info fellas! Ill give it a try

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    Good luck! Getting lake fish to take dries is difficult to say the least. In my experience, they have already gorged on chironomids throughout the water column and are working the remaining emergers on the surface. Getting fish to take at this point requires a delicate touch and an absolute exact emerger pattern match and presentation in the surface film. During longer hatches or a series of overlapping hatches, I simply fish chironomid patterns under an indicator, experimenting with various depths and patterns until I'm able to dial them in. If there are still pupa coming off, I try and get the fish while they're charging around like pacman, gobbling them up! Much easier, IMO.

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    I agree 100%............... Now if someone could just teach me how to fish beads.

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