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    Default Lake flyfishing tactics

    Just returned from my first trip out to the Kepler Bradley lakes area. It was definitely a learning experience. Because of the tips and advice from the forum I was able to catch a few fish and build some confidence, but I feel that I was way off target on the best approach for catching some larger fish. Used a 4wt rod with floating line, but wonder if the sinking tip would have been a better choice. Several forum articles provide tips on what lures to use for lakes, but now I wonder where and how to fish these lures? Near shore or deep in the middle of the lake? Slow or fast strip or dead drift? I am hoping to learn where the fish hold and are located in lakes. I will try fishing deep on my next trip. Any advice on where and how would be appreciated.
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    Default Lake fishing

    fish the drop off's or structure, you need to hold the fish or they will keep swiming for some thing to eat

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    purdy fish! Try dragonfly dries...
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Default Drops

    I like to fish the drops like SID said. I throw my fly out past the drop off, let it sink and strip it up from the deep up the face or slope of the structure. Sometimes you can bring up some pretty big fish.

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    I like fishing the mouths of inlet streams, they like those areas because thats where food washes in... and in the evening, inlet stream mouths usually have good bug hatches. Also, look for partially submerged logs and other structures for fish to hide in, especially during the hotter part of the day.

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    I've been doing pretty well with chironomids on the end of a long leader and floating line. Get it down and then steadily pull in some line like it's emerging let it rest to the bottom again and repeat. Can be done with an indicator too. If its a deep lake, sinking line is needed.

    If the particular lake allows multiple flies, a big bait pattern (leach, bugger, dragon fly larvae, etc) with chironomid dropper fished sloooooowwww can be killer too.

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