Lake Fishing

by Fly Fisherman

FISHING FOR trout in lakes, ponds and dams resolves itself into five major methods. These are, casting from a boat, casting from shore, trolling, drifting and plain old bait dunking.
This latter mode of fishing is that of nostalgic memory. Just bait fishing is one so often pictured portraying an individual comfortably snoozing, with his “pole” secured at an angle near him, and the bait immersed in the still water, hoping to attract some passing fish. With the huge majority of fishermen, bait dunking was their initiation into the pastime of luring fish. When we graduated from that practice into working for our fish we gave up the relaxing, peaceful pursuit to which we dream someday of returning, even if only temporarily.

Lacking experienced guidance in that very simple manner of fishing we usually placed our large hook with the heavy sinker two or three inches above, baited generously with a gob of closely packed angle worms. We varied the worm menu with grasshoppers, crickets, grubs, cheese, fish eggs, doughballs, pieces of meat or a very dead minnow. As we gathered experience we eliminated the sinker, then the bobber, and we started to use a leader, then smaller hooks. We performed jiggling motions and we cast the bait further out and
slowly moved it back toward us.

Finding that the moving bait attracted more fish we worked from a rowboat or raft permitting it to drift where it would. If there was a slight wind we traveled in its direction as far as the shore then we’d row back slowly to the point of beginning to start the drift again.
The rowback was the first actual trolling we had done. It too secured fish for us. Then we tried the “hardware” lures—they worked (and still do) and so did wet flies and streamers. We didn’t have to concern ourselves with the securing of live bait or of bothering with other messy ingredients. We could carry our trolling lures, spinners and flies in a box always ready for use.
When we became a bit adept in casting we worked the shore from the boat using streamer or wet flies or we used our plugs or spinners. If we didn’t have a boat we cast from shore and were almost equally as successful.

Many of the same procedures in fishing a lure on a stream can be adopted in fishing still water. In the use of wet flies and streamers we create the current’s force by either drifting the boat or working the lure by hand as we do on the stream.
In fishing dry flies, and the flies should be good floaters, our line must float or as it sinks it will pull the fly back toward us or pull it under the surface. After a cast and the dry fly is placed always leave it rest for at least a half minute, or even a full minute or more, then twitch it gently and let rest again. Repeat this action two or three times before you begin to
itch the fly, in jerks and pauses, back for another cast.

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