Stillwater Tidbits - Temperature, Wind, Hatch, Moon Phase PDF Print E-mail

Four factors to consider when fish are most likely to be active and willing to strike a fly –  water temperatures, winds, hatches, and moon phases.

Water temperature is very important, if the water is too hot or cold in a certain area – fish probably won’t be active or there for very long.  Taking water temperatures and knowing what areas of the lake warms or cools faster will help with selecting the proper area to fish.  As little as two degrees can be the difference between whether an area is void or stacked-up with fish.

Winds usually are not appreciated by fly fishermen, but on lakes it can be a friend.  With clear water conditions, a chop from the wind can provide a form of cover for fish and a safe feeling for fish to forage – along with a less chance of spooking them with your fly line hitting the water.  I have experienced several times, when late morning breeze provided a chop on the water that causes a feeding frenzy – when just before, it was calm and the water surface was as flat.

Knowing the insect base and when a hatch is likely to occur is important.  Hatching insects will almost always get fish active.  Try to target this time to be out on the water – this can be the best action of the day.  Match the hatch.

The Full Moon Phrase has always been puzzling, to say the least.  I used to believed, that “the day before, during, and day after” was the worst time to be out on the water fly fishing.  I’m not so sure of that now, from keeping a log for the past three years – it has revealed that I have landed less fish but I had landed larger fish.  Four of my largest largemouth bass (5 and 6 pounds class) were caught during a full moon phrase.  Now, I would advise – go whenever you get an opportunity!

Good Angling and Tight Lines,