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August 26, 2016

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Fishing is so bad this season for trollers covering 6 to 8 miles per day (some 10-13 miles per day) for 0-1 Eagle Lake trout most all season.  We have had some fair days, but most folks are still working long hours for a limit.  We have a ton tui chubs...in many locations. Regardless, the fishing has been slow, upgrade to fair on a good day for the average angler. It appears that it has nothing to do with the trout not biting...ones being caught are full of minnows.  The food supply looks like it finally took over the pond, tui chub are everywhere & if this years plethora of minnows don't get eaten, the next few years will be interesting to say the least.  The handful of trout that seem to remain have more food than they can eat and the water column is pea green with very limited visibility due to the blue/green algae strewn throughout the water column below 7ft.  Numbers appear very low and the hold over from the last 2 years seems nearly non existent. However, no one seems to be alarmed but the long time anglers who spend more time on the water in a month than your average biologist or scientist does in a year.  Be sure to click on the video to see the water quality at The Springs....you will see the algae in the water column and choose how to adapt.

 
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FISHING REPORT
Thank you for asking if zooplankton is a real word.  The answer is YES! 

For those who aren’t familiar with the sources of food supply for the trout in Eagle Lake.  We have many different organisms that the fishes in the lake feed on besides hatching flies and baitfish.  The general term to describe a plethora of different microscopic animals is “zooplankton”.  The zooplankton in the lake has several different consistencies.   Some of it is jelly like and transparent, the shrimp are coarser and a little gritty, look like the color of applesauce with pepper flakes scattered in it in the stomachs, snails (several different types in the lake) also produce microscopic young, another source is white fine hair like filaments less than ¼” long, smooth soft bodied leech like organism. Often location specific.  I don’t claim to know all the specifics or Latin names of all the microscopic creatures in the lake, I do know what I see in the stomachs of the fish, and for whatever it is worth, the trout love all the different types of zooplankton we have in the lake. We have all types, some swim some drift and most suspend on the thermocline of the lake in summer.  In our case, most of it is larva or pupae and will change into the critter totally different in appearance. Daphnia or Diaptomus is what my fly boys tell me the transparent goo that’s fouling lines.  In the water, it has the consistency of loose jello and the trout (as well as every other species of fish in the lake) feed on it.  Tui Chub are considered plankton feeders, have no teeth and small mouths for filter feeding.  Trout simply eat, breath and sleep in the thick mass of goo and don’t have to work for any other thing to eat unless they want too.  It is one of the highest food sources for protein and lipids and the fish aren’t the only animals feeding on it.  There is a lot of information available about zooplankton.  Here is Wikipedia definition and below are links to biology and encyclopedia. 

Zooplankton
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Zooplankton
[3] are heterotrophic (sometimes detritivorous) plankton. Plankton are organisms drifting in oceans, seas, and bodies of fresh water. The word "zooplankton" is derived from the Greek zoon (ζῴον), meaning "animal", and planktos (πλαγκτός), meaning "wanderer" or "drifter".[4] Individual zooplankton are usually microscopic, but some (such as jellyfish) are larger and visible with the naked eye. More information can be found here
http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Zooplankton http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Zooplankton.aspx

8-26-16:
 Fishing upgrade to fair to slightly better than fair from pretty slow for the average Joe. One day you might catch a few or even a couple limits, and the next day, lucky to get 1. It’s been very inconsistent for many, just when you think it’s picking up, you have another slower day. But a limit or two before lunch time has been possible for the average angler. If you don’t have a second rod stamp this year, it could, at least, help double your chances of catching a fish. For the most part, still plan on putting your time in. The first two hours of legal fishing time has been the better bite, but I found about an hour long minor bite window plus or minus 11AM, just as a light breeze dimpled the surface that produced bigger fish.  Surface temps were around 72F in the morning on the east side, 70F on the west side and the cooler spring water was pretty much holding along Lake of the Woods and a burp of 61F off the ledge at The Springs on Wednesday. Lake of the Woods to Shrimp had quite a few surface weeds and the middle of the south basin had a lot of globular algae mixed with weeds on the surface. Winds shift the weeds and globular algae around.  
LOCATIONS: Since I was about the only boat still out after checking out several other locations for any fish movements this week, I was able to hit the ledges on the EAST side without having to dodge boats & sucked up some nice fish, some pushing 4lbs. I worked mostly 21 to 38ft of water and had my lines deeper than I had been catching fish. Most of the trout came at 23 to 27ft of water for the late morning bite. The area had been well rested since the early morning bait and trollers had been there. It’s still pretty hit and miss fishing for many, but we do have a few more fish coming in….better than the last few months but not phenomenal as it has been for years. Location for trout on the east side has been all about the size of the minnows. On Wednesday, stage 2 tui chub minnows moved in towards Camp Ron McD and the smaller minnows (this year’s hatch) were further north or further out. Where I had larger minnows, I also had larger schools of adult chubs and fewer trout. In smaller minnows, I had more trout.  So be sure to look down in the water to see which size of minnows you have below the boat….fish the areas where the minnows are smaller and dumber for the trout.  If the water is flat calm & trout holding deeper, I often find that the trout aren’t looking up, they are looking down and away from the sun. Sometimes I have to get slightly below the trout before they see my offering. It’s still pretty cloudy down below.  I will be out for more underwater videos later next week.  
We’re still catching most of the fish on the EAST side between Camp Ron McD and Eagle’s Nest. Most all the trout are feeding on minnows. But I have found other interesting foods in them as well, especially the late morning biters. Everything from shrimp and snails to leeches and flatworms. Flat worms are white, much flatter and longer than leeches and ribbon like all the way.  We have a few fish further north, but lots of tui chub off Black Mt still. We have a few trout on the west side, just no big numbers and very scattered and mostly smaller fish so far. My best areas have been just south of Shrimp (surface weeds today) and south of Wildcat (cleaner). The minnows on the west side have been holding in much shallower water than on the east side and so far, I haven’t caught a trout in 5 to 7 ft of water yet. The shallowest fish I caught south of Wildcat was in 17ft of water, 10ft deep but mostly they were holding out over 38 to 44ft of water and 17 to 20ft deep for me in that location. There were a few trout very early and very briefly, but not a lot yet. I expect to see a change coming soon, the trout have been on the east side for months now, they will move and often hold out in the middle of the south basin before heading west when water temps cool down and the water clears up some. I plan on keeping an eye on the west side ledges, it can change at a moment’s notice. When I find bigger numbers, you will be the first to know.

DEPTHS AND BEST LURES/GRUBS/TROLLING FLIES: This week our best chance for getting trout trolling has been 19-23ft deep and, on average around 2.5 to 2.8mph, the deepest trout this week was 27ft deep, the shallowest trout was around 12ft deep which is quite a range in the water column.  For leadcore users (18lb) that’s about 2 to 5 colors in the water.  2 colors before sunrise, 4 to 5 colors by mid morning…quite a range of depths.  Depending on what we are trolling we have slowed down in some areas to 1.2 to 1.6mph with a grub or minnow/grub.  So vary your speed and make a lot of zigzags in, out, and over the minnows.  In a pinch and as a rule, always speed up rather than slow down to a crawl for trolling here. For leadcore, speed changes your depth rate as does using lighter 12, 15 or micro lead lines. One reason I use 18lb is that it is always easy to run a splice through for leader. Once you hook up a few rocks or heavy fish, the lighter leadcore lines braided covering cinches to the lead & making a nice splice is impossible once it’s tight.   
Flashy lures. All silver “large Triple Teasers”, “Speedy Shiners”, #1 nickel/pearl prism needlefish, #1 pearl bikini turning a head or two.  I haven’t run a nickel bikini yet, but it should be on the list of go to lures for when nothing else is working.  So far, cop car and black/white prism needlefish haven't roused a strike but are on the list of tries when throwing the tackle box at them.   My “glow in the dark” Cripplure still getting attention early too. But it’s been more about natural colors or silver flash after sunrise. All silver speedy shiner at 2.7 to 3.2 mph has also caught some, it’s mostly been a matter of timing for the speedy shiner.  Rainbow Runners in white is starting to get some attention. Pink and chartreuse rainbow runners have been working periodically. The red prism needlefish has had its days, but not every day. On Wednesday, I dropped in a 3” SILVER/BLACK RAPALAwhich was hammered on the late bite, gold/black didn’t do anything, but once our water cools off it should do okOther rapala like minnow imitations have also been working…just keep it natural. A time for using bright colors is coming as once we begin to cool down, that green color is going to change to our normal brownish. That we can deal with.  A cinnamon brown leech trolling flyfinally kicked in as well…all running deeper on the mid to late morning bite…still mostly consistent depths around 20ft deep.  To end the short strikes on needlefish and other small lures I have changed out the single hook for a treble. #10 on small lures, #8 on larger lures.

SOFT BAITS: Smoke minnow/grubs working best this week but Pumpkin seed, orange and amber grubs have also caught a fish the last few days. Watermelon worm/grubs has started picking up a few now too. Mostly behind behind small blade flashers (yep, flashers) if no flashers try a small dodger but nothing big like a sling blade. No hardware? Run the grubs behind a wiggle disc. “Smoke”, silver/grey minnow grubshave been consistent this week.  Shorten leaders behind flashers/dodgers to14 inches so the trout doesn’t miss your offering and strike the blades. Small flashers, not heavy weights. Some are rigging a small blade above the grub too.  I have been running a ultra-light 3 blade flasher ahead of a grub or lure successfully. It certainly won’t hurt to throw other lures at them, as there hasn’t really been any consistency to a particular lure on any given day. One day we do ok on soft-baits, the next day hardware. We have also had action on 2 ½” pearl grubs, mostly on the west side mid-morning.  
Trollers often have to produce a flash to cut through the green water…silver has been the best flash so far. We have to show up against a cloudy green background of the water. The video shows just what we are dealing with and it isn’t pretty….it’s pretty massive & we need some silver flash trolling. The green gets heavier below 7ft right now but so far, the trout haven’t been hitting that high in the water column for us. If you are getting strikes that don’t stick on single hook lures…switch the single hook out for a treble…#10 for smaller lures. Guarantee you that will help as well as keeping your hooks very sharp. That is a key factor right now.
STILL FISHING UNDER BOBBERS: Bait fishing has been catching a mixed bag of tui chub and trout and I have found tui chub as high as 8-12ft and all the way down to 35ft. Find the small minnows, you will find the trout. Most days the minnows are right up against the ledge in 16 to 38ft of water but trollers and traffic can easily move the trout off the ledge. I would cover the depths between 18 and 24ft when bobbering or run a free line just don’t let it drop to long before relocating. Retrieve it slowly. Our biggest tui chub was over 22” long and I couldn’t get my hands around it’s girth…we had a couple that big and the rest were around 16 to 17”.   If you are using bait and slip bobbers, your chances are probably better off The Springs or up by Eagle’s Nest on the east side. We have a few smaller trout off Pikes Pt. A few larger trout between Merrill and Wildcat Pt but not in big numbers yet. Upper Lake of the Woods seems to be holding the most trout on the west side. 
All in all, the old tried and true Eagle Lake tactics are still what has been getting attention of a trout, but we are still throwing the tackle box at them on the extremely slow days. We are at the point that size of minnow imitations won’t really matter now. Minnows are growing so we no longer look out of place at 3” – 3 ½”.  These trout don’t generally go for minnows larger than 3 ½ to 4” and longer. They are mostly interested in just the fresh hatch.  A little attractant is also recommended. ProCure trophy trout has still been working as an attractant and is still my number 1 go to attractant while garlic is my #2. If using minnow pattern softbaits & working the bait balls, Tui Chub flavor is my choice if I have it on hand.
It has been a matter of finding a small group of trout and getting your offering within several inches of it, visibility is very poor in the water column below 6-7ft deep. The tui chub minnows are now prolific and increasing & if you are going to find a trout, chances are he won’t be very far away from a school of small minnows. There haven’t been any real large schools of trout in the baitfish, but if you can pick up one, you can pick up another….but that’s about it. Move on to the next school of minnows and hope there is a couple more trout in the next one. Let the area rest for a while before going back & keep an eye on how much boat traffic there is on the ledges….lots of traffic will move the trout out just a little. 
The larger fish we are catching here and there are beautiful but not coming in in every angler’s creel and not big numbers every day.  We are hoping that changes for the better for fall and everyone can pick and choose their limits. Most trout have been chubby but we have seen a few longer leaner ones this week. We need our water to clear up before things have a chance of improving.

Be prepared to spend some long hours, but at least we’ve been catching a few more fish this week. Every day has fished a little different. We know that a lot of trollers don’t bother or like bobber fishing or consider it a method more for children learning the basics. But, if you want to increase your odds of getting one, you may have to do things you don’t really like doing. So bring up your bait rods so you have a choice to fish, cut bait or just watch your prop spin.   Same with trollers using flashers or dodgers. Many people don’t like them, me included but the ultralight flashers aren’t too bad. Fish or cut bait.

In a pinch, if bait fishing under bobbers is too boring for you, thread a nightcrawler on and sauce it up & troll it. It has been good for a fish here and there for trolling. Finally our low temperatures are dropping a little, this should help the lake start to cool down just a little for early morning. But our high temps are still in the high 80’s to low 90’s which allow it to rise a little by afternoon. We are still seasonably warm.
The few trout rising don’t generally take a worm or lure. We are still seeing some hatches, but they haven’t been massive for several weeks. Once in a while the rising trout will take a small Panther Martin spinner (Black/yellow dot or yellow/red dot) or mini cast master (nickel/pink), but they won’t touch a worm. 
Hopefully we begin to see fishing pick up for the masses this fall, but it’s been a very tough season in spite of a few days of fair fishing here and there.  For now, my best advice for this week is to shoot for the east side, be prepared to fish different methods and put your time in. Think about what you need to do to attract the attention of a trout from just a few feet away. I suspect we will begin to see more fish moving into the west side off Lake of the Woods very soon. We have a few trout on the west side, but not as many as we have been catching on the east side of the lake.
The average angler should consider themselves to be very lucky if they can get a nice limit let alone a couple of strikes in 6 hour of fishing. A very BIG difference from the last few years as well as the last three decades. We have had a short early morning bite, then a few hours before another bite picks up. One thing I have noticed is that the trout we are catching don’t have a lot of fight to them after the first few minutes and exhaust quickly. Some bleeding from the gills upon reaching the boat and net. So be watchful. 
Note: Most people set their fish finders on “Fish ID” thinking it helps.  What I have found is that many people don’t actually read their instructions or know how to read the screen or what they are actually seeing. If there is a dark line, it has to be a fish. Ok, you fish the lines, I will fish the arch’s & see what happens. Regardless, Fish ID will fool you every time!!  We have so much artifact in this water that fish ID produces a lot of false readings. Conductivity of the lake has risen in the last 5 years, dissolved solids increased and gas bubbles always show up as fish as do the birds swimming underwater. I really don’t know any professional guide that runs full Fish ID because of the false readings. A methane well shows up as a massive line of fish from the bottom to the top & when set on Fish ID and every air bubble shows up as a fish picture as well. Fish show up as true arch’s, not straight or diagonal lines with no taper on true sonar.  The dark arch is unmistakable among the straight lines. Clear up your screen clutter by decreasing sensitivity and gain, it will surprise you to find out that you have been fishing massive artifact and only around a few true fish…if they are as thick as what you see on your screen, you would be foul hooking or dragging lines over their backs.  Springs generally “crown” above the bottom and the gases run straight up from top to bottom above the crown. The bubbles aren’t oxygen, when collecting it it will light up just fine and flash…don’t attempt unless you want to get burned! One can waste a lot of time fishing for air bubbles, methane and artifacts/noise (straight lines, horizontal or diagonal & no taper like the arch’s). Took a few years to figure out that the conductivity of the lake, density of the algae’s, spring water, thermoclines and zooplankton cause a lot of marks on a graph that aren’t actually fish. Just because your screen shows a picture of a fish, doesn’t mean there is actually a fish there. True sonar is the only way to determine what is real vs what is false readings. The arch’s are unmistakable compared to the straight lines…. notice that even the pros on TV don’t use fish ID on their sonar. There is a reason, pros don’t have the luxury of working for false readings of fish that “aren’t biting”…I have never caught a bubble! Believe it or not. Just know that I hear from a lot of folks out there with screens full of “fish” & once I train them on what they are seeing on their depth finders up here, they stop wasting time & eventually see that it works better. This isn’t your typical fresh water lake.  If you like seeing fish pictures, feel free to keep using Fish ID if it makes you feel better. 
DFW doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what is going on in this lake and I bet they don’t know what the video shows of the water column either. That’s ok. The videos have been shared on social media so many anglers already know what they are dealing with considering the green cloudy water and can now adapt to it. In several hours of underwater video, only one live fish has shown up. LoL. There are always dead fish on the bottom of every lake…we got those too. However, this lake has been highly underserved by DFW the last several years….and THAT doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. Yes, the fish are fat, the lake is full of excess food. They are also few and far between for the average anglers.   We need some trout in this lake as the tui chub are well on their way to taking over the lake.   
We need DFW to actually conduct regular water tests on and in the lake as well as a catch and release survival study for spring, summer and fall. If 10 anglers can release even a meager year of 1000 fish, that’s 10,000 a year.  Prior to 2008, water tests were done every week! Now lucky to get a few tests a season & THAT didn’t even start until July 29th. I believe that our catching and releasing over the the last few years has also had an effect. I don’t think these fish survive well, especially when our water is warm. Let’s say this, what if 10,000 anglers over the season release 5 fish during their vacation…there’s 50,000. Now multiply that by 3 years…. 150,000 fish. Reduced planting allotment of nearly 50% over the last 3 years has also taken its toll. This was supposed to make for larger fish but has resulted in dwindling numbers of trout as well as allowing the food supply to take over the lake.  DFW needs to catch (not trap or shock) a dozen trout (if they can) on a line, fight them normally, release them into a net cage in suitable depths where dissolved 02 is fine, let them sit for 2 to 3 days and see what happens (however I would also want to see a reputable, outside person unaffiliated with DFW view the result of lifting the net).  Due to more than one circumstance, I don’t trust DFW….they don’t spend any time on the water, just the book….this lake isn’t a “by the book” lake.  My guess is that the results would not be good.   Trapping and electro-shocking a few hundred fish for the spawn isn’t the 10’s of thousands of trout that don’t appear to be here.   Other folks also note that all season has not produced well, very few trout have risen, even to the massive hatches in June/July.  Something seems wrong in Paradise folks whether DFW thinks so or not, perhaps they need to get on the water and try fishing or minimally run several hundred miles of water with a scope set properly.…that of which they do neither. 
Personally, I don’t seem to see the number of trout I should be seeing in the lake, it’s not about fish biting or we wouldn’t be getting anything at all. But when we are still extremely lucky to see 25 to 30 fish come in on a good day, something doesn’t seem right. Fortunately, I do have an underwater camera which actually shows how green and cloudy the water column is and I will continue to shoot footage so anglers know how and what to adapt to to catch fish. I did see dead trout on the bottom in 45 to 70ft of water off Eagle’s Nest. I wasn’t alarmed for the time of the drift and the number of dead trout counted on the bottom considering it was a 13-minute drift of around 150ft and seven dead trout in the field of view with visible light (about 3 ft wide).  Also, there is a lot of sediment that covers bodies and just a trout tail is obvious.  But, to me, it does warrant a longer drift and in several different areas.  I did see several stainless steel boat mounted ladders and railing as well as rods and reels on the bottom though! All looked brand new sticking out of the foot of silt on the bottom like they were just dropped there. LoL I will look for Pastor Rick’s rod next time!
 
FLY FISHING, FLOAT TUBING/KAYAKING:
The marina store has a very nice selection of float tubing and fly fishing flies behind the counter so be sure to ask.   The water is 70F. So far this season has not been worth the effort it takes to tube or kayak.  We will have to wait until mid to late fall to see if anything changes, however  3 months of poor fishing/catching doesn't translate into suddenly changing by fall.   I don't advise catching and releasing while water temps are high.  I use a lot of small streamers, leeches, damsels, nymphs and wooly buggers in all different shades and colors. Some caddis, boatman, backswimmers and other nymphs.  I catch and release as many fish as I normally want to using that method.  I don’t make any claims of being the best fly fisher person on the lake or memorize the latin names of all the hatching bugs besides the obvious caddis, mayfly, damsels, dragonflies and midges...and a short but seasonal carpenter ant hatch, mostly on the east side for the large ants.  I do have fly specialists that I refer people to.  For me, it has always been about small wet nymphs, creepy crawlers, leeches and beetles living in the rocks, gravel bars and weeds….I turn over a lot of rocks and observe and mostly #10 and #12 hooks. 
As long as you can pack your gear over 100 yards to the water you are good to go.  If not, your only launching will be at the ramp.  The road into Wildcat Pt was ok but still had a few nasty spots to get through.   Deep ruts carved out last winter so stay on the high side.  However, you can no longer launch a trailered boat from the beach anymore. If you do get caught, it could cost you in excess of $300.  The handicap walkway at Christie is a disaster waiting to happen. If you aren’t disabled, you may be after you walk down. I stay off to the side as there are way too many trip hazards on the walkway.  THERE IS ZERO HANDICAP ACCESSIBLITY FOR SHORE FISHING OR LAUNCHING PERSONAL CRAFTS.
Float tubes, pontoons and kayaks have just as much right to launch at the low water ramps as any other boat.  Other boaters may not like it, but there is nothing they can do about it. Just have everything ready to go to unload. There is room to offload and allow others to launch if you get off to the south side of the turnaround, unless a 40ft motorhome is trying to launch a boat.  I generally do all my tube and kayak launching off Christie when I can’t get into the south side of Wildcat which was still a walk of around 250ft from the legal parking area to the water’s edge & it’s more than one trip back and forth to get my gear down so I allow myself plenty of time. I prefer Wildcat as then I have a choice of which direction I can go which often depends on which way the wind is predicted to come up but it also depends on what condition the road in is in.  However, it is illegal to drive a vihicle to the edge of the water to launch.  It may cost you a few hundred dollars & you won't see any law enforcement.  It’s much easier to drift back to where I launched than it is to buck the wind and waves to get back.  These things are overlooked by the agencies and can become a safety issue if one doesn’t have the strength or equipment to get back towards the parking area.  We often see people drive right to the water, just know that is illegal & you could be cited.  The ramp area is protected by all but north and west winds.  So it often doesn't look as rough as it is out there beyond the protection of the point to the southwest.  But, when bigger boats are coming in because of the wind, take the message that it's no place for a kayak when boats are already being blow off the lake.  
If we don’t see water in the coming years and the government continues to refuse to keep the boat launching going I can certainly see safety issues if only kayaks and tubes can launch in the future. Small crafts don’t have the time to get back to shore (at 2 to 5 mph) before the winds and waves cause extremely dangerous conditions.
I pretty much use slow to medium sink tip fly lines from my tube or kayak.  I only use a full float when wading from shore or midging.  The sink tip allows one to use the floating section of line as an indicator & can be worked quickly close to the surface over shallow water, or let it drop down over a ledge.  A full sink line has too much belly to pull out before noticing or feeling the strike, even striping in …. By the time you feel it, the fish is long gone and you missed him.  I use mostly 4 to 5 lb tippets with #12 to #8 flies.  5lb seems to get my fly back when I hang up on the bottom in shallow water, 4lb doesn’t.  4lb also doesn’t hold up as well in our water conditions or to abrasion from the tufa. 4x-5x is pretty standard for me as well as my personal fly hooks.
Basically anything from burnt orange to very dark brown & which one goes on first is chosen by flipping a coin.  I tend to lean to the darker browns unless something inside me says to use something else such as a lighter brown, burnt orange or something else…..olive wooly buggers can be deadly, mostly on the west side and particularly off Pikes Pt.  I also have florescent orange wooly buggers just in case. 
Our trout don’t often hit dry flies on this lake, except for carpenter ant imitations early in the season, even though you may see a ton of fish rising.  Mostly they are taking emergers from just under the surface, not on the surface.  Midges under indicators can be deadly in black, grey or olive. Generally, #12-14 but as all tiers know, hook size can vary dramatically between manufacturers.  I have gone as large as #10 and as small as #20, but on average #14-16 is fairly common for the caddis hatch.  When using these small flies, I often drop down to a 2lb tippet just to get the line through the eye of the hook to tie it on. These fish can get line shy so don’t slap too much water before landing your line on flat water.  I use thingamabobbers for indicators.  I poke a small hole and fill it with water....where it is still on the surface but adds a neutral buoyancy.  Adding water to them adds weight and control in the wind too.  I often run this set up off my tube for my second rod.  If I do, I normally get the line out away from my craft, and try to keep it on the slow inside bend of my drift if I am working the other rod.  When the fish are midging, you don’t have time to run two rods. We are seeing some hatches on warm days.  Also, these fish aren’t dumb, keeping a lower profile from a boat will catch you more fish than casting from the highest part of the boat where every fish can see exactly what you are doing.  You will catch a few fish if casting over bobber fishing with indicators. You won’t double digit fish unless you can throw 60plus feet of line.  Do we tandem flies?  We have been known to do that.  Usually using a small bead-head. 3-4 ft above & about 18” long.
Ramp Conditions for launch ramp info.
Tips and Tricksfor ideas & set ups dialed in for fishing Eagle Lake. Most methods are covered. We make no claims of knowing everything about Eagle Lake, but we do know a lot about catching Eagle Lake trout in their native waters.
Lake Conditions  for water temps & Lake elevation by date
 
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