Crane Prairie Reservoir

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Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Size 14-16 Pheasant Tail. Brown


Size 14-16 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Adams, Comparadun. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit


Size 14-16 Rusty Spinner. Tan to brown

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

► Cold weather will slow fishing here, and warm weather will kick-start the hatches.

► Expect late-morning to mid-afternoon hatches, with the stronger hatches near the end of the month.

► Trout will feed on nymphs for a couple of hours before the hatch. Take advantage of this and cast a nymph pattern, then retrieve it slooooooowly; use an intermediate line with a long leader. A Flashback Pheasant Tail, size 14-16, should work quite well. In my experience, a Flashback PT outfishes a regular PT by 3-to-1 during this hatch. The reason is that many nymphs develop a shiny back just before they hatch, and trout look for this feature.

► During a hatch, use a Callibaetis Cripple, Sparkle Dun, or similar fly with a chuck-and-sit presentation.


Size 8-16 Soft Hackle, . Body: black, brown, white; Shroud: tan

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: verticle retrieve, slow retrieve


Size 10-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Caddis, X Caddis. Body: black, brown, white, cream

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: chuck-and-sit


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 or 'toon.

► Nymphs should become effective as the water warms up. Imitations work best near weedbeds and snags.


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

► You might see hatches of different species throughout the day and evening. Each may require a slightly different fly.

► 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

► For better or worse, Crane has a large population of sticklebacks that are sometimes eaten by large trout.


Wind drifting with streamer patterns is an effective spring strategy if the wind is not too strong. On the other hand, you need something more than dead calm or your fly isn't going to move. Done right, wind drifting covers the water well and feels like cheating.

► Retrieve your flies extremely slowly in this lake.
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