Davis Lake

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


Size 14-16 Pheasant Tail. Brown


Size 14-16 Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit


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

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

► Early in the month, look for hatches near the inlet channel and the area near the lava dam. As the lake warms up, hatches may be more spread across the lake.

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

► 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.

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


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

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

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

► 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.


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

► 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.


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


► Look for the largemouth bass near the reeds at the north end. Bass fishing will improve as the lake warms up and the bass complete their spawning cycle. Long leech patterns are good, as are large deer-hair surface poppers. The poppers will probably work best when fished during cloudy times or very early in the morning or late in the evening (I mean dark, but legal). During the full moon cycle, your best topwater action will come from near dusk to one hour after sunset (the end of legal fishing) and from one hour before sunrise (the start of legal fishing) until the sun is out.
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