We have found streamer patterns (zonkers, buggers, muddlers) to be the most effective thus far, with black, purple, red, white and yellow all working fine. The real secret is to have several different patterns and a lot of each. Sizes from 2 – 8 work fine, with sizes 4-6 being the most common. Use strong hooks only. Bring along some scud patterns for sight fishing and an assortment of dry flies and nymphs as well. When there is no wind small black wet or dry flies size 10-12, just hanging out there, will do the job!
RODS & LINES FOR THE LAKE
When weather permits, use a 9’ #5 rod with floating line, dry fly or nymph. This is super fun but it is not so easy to land them though. In normal windy conditions use a 9’ for line #7 or #8 with floating line. For the corner at the Peninsula fishing the deep water, bring a sinking line.
RODS & LINES FOR THE STREAM
For the small stream 9’ #5 rod with a floating line is perfect.
A high quality reel with a good drag system is highly recommended and your reel should have at least 100 yards of backing line.
Your leaders should be no less the 15 pound and between 9’ and 12’ in length. The fish has not been leader shy, so some 20 lb tippet should be kept close by as well.