Just from looking around the various blogs and forums, you will see that some anglers have been absolutely crushing it fly fishing in ponds and lakes. I have always struggled fishing the stillwater, but I’ve been doing better as of late. Here are a few things that have worked for me, and tips that MA anglers have told me about recently. I hope to have a guest post lined up on this soon too, because the truth is, most anglers are closer to stocked ponds than rivers.
- It’s hard to beat a streamer if there’s some wind. A sink tip helps if you are fishing kettle pond, but a surprising amount of the trout in each pond are right below the surface.
- Get on the water early to catch a hatch. Bugs and dry flies are not only on rivers… almost every morning you will see trout rising on stocked ponds. Have a good assortment of generic dries and emergers.
- Everyone local that’s given me reports has sworn by the San Juan Worm as of late. Couldn’t hurt to have a few.
- A boat is a game-changer. When I started bringing my kayak stillwater fly fishing, I caught a lot more fish. Being able to cover a lot more water and locate fish helps, not to mention the added casting room and possibility of being able to stand up (depending on boat type).
- Look at contour maps. Drop offs and sheltered coves are key.