Chickahominy Reservoir

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"Chick" continues to turn out hefty trout, although there aren't as many as there used to be because the bait and gear crowd kills every one they get their hands on. Olive, black, and burgundy leech patterns are effective, says John at Fin and Fire.

Importance by half-month
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Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Size 8-12 Marabou Damsel. Olive, yellow-olive, browns, greens

Lakes near submerged vegetation: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

► The standard damselfly retrieve is to pull two inches of line in two seconds, pause two seconds, then repeat. Use an intermediate line; damselfly nymphs move in the top inch or so of water. That said, you can do pretty well just trolling a damsel nymph as you slowly and steadily kick around the lake in your float tube.


Size 4-8 Carey Special, Lake Dragon. Browns, dark olive, grays

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, wind drift


Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns


Size 10-22 Griffiths Gnat, Sprout Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► During a midge hatch, the static midge tactic usually works well. If the hatch is during the bright part of the day, however, you may do better with the deep midge tactic because trout can be reluctant to come to the surface.


Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

► It's hard to go too far wrong with a leech pattern or a Woolly Bugger on a clear intermediate line. A slow retrieve is usually best.


Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing


► Windy days will roil the water, resulting in turbid conditions. When it gets like that, you can still catch trout, but you might want to move to a large, black streamer--something that has a profile and moves some water.

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