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Success on Early Season Lakes

Patty Barnes with a monster rainbow lake trout

How to be Successful on Early Season Lakes

Some of the best lake fishing for trout can occur right after ice-out. But you need the right tackle and techniques to be successful. Having the right flies and the right fly lines to fish them properly is essential. When the water is near freezing, trout and everything they feed on moves in slow-motion.

Simms Patch Fly Box

Simms Patch Fly Box

The Simms Patch Fly Box is a small foam fly box that has velcro material on the back so that it will attach to you Simms vest, waders, jacket, or packs. The front has a velcro patch so you can attach a Simms Super-Fly Patch to the front or where you can hook your fly into the loop material to keep safe while switching flies.

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Bachmann's Bead Head Flat Leech in a trout's mouth

Bachmann's Bead Head Leech

There are many "wormy" looking creatures that live in aquatic environments. Most lakes and weedy streams have dense populations of leeches and aquatic worms. During much of the time, they are buried in the substrate or bottom vegetation. However, during low light conditions they often forage about where they are exposed to patrolling game fish.

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Trout in a Measure Net

Measure Nets

Measure Nets allow you to measure your fish while it is in the net bag. These economical nets are made of strong aluminum tubing with a durable rubber handle that allows the net to float. The bag is made from soft, fish-friendly material and the rubber handles make it easy to hang on to.

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Trout Fly Fishing Schools

Trout Fly Fishing Schools

The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon sponsors these Trout Fly Fishing Schools, which offer classes for anglers of all experience levels. There are schools for entry-level anglers that deal with the basics in fly fishing. There are also specialized schools, which feature insights into dry fly fishing, nymph fishing, and trout Spey fishing.

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