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Crane Prairie

Stayed at Crain over the 4th.  All was quite, except the fishing..  While it wasn’t red hot, it was not bad..  Picked up all my fish using indicator tactics.  Chironomids, micro leaches (read damsel imitators here), and small nymphs…

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Hang Time!

 

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Enjoy!

Hud

Crane Prairie- May 2014

Crane Prairie 2014

Sunrise in the timber!

Hit Crane the last couple of Saturday’s.  Fishing has been great, I’v had good success indicator fishing the channels with micro leeches, callibaetis nymphs, chironomids, and damsel nymphs.  The majority of the fish are are 15-18″ with a fair share over 20″!  The biggest highlight was a beautiful 5lb + brookie, unfortunately no one else was with me and all I got for a photo was a poor picture of a squirming fish in the net!  Too bad, it could have made for an awesome photo with a very nice brook trout!!!

 

Enjoy,

 

Hud

Hud’s Indicator Damsel

Here is a video for a killer fly pattern for indicator fishing still waters!  Tie it on as your bottom fly, and make sure it’s tied with a no slip loop knot..  Hang as many bugs above it as you want, I usually just fish two, and depending on the hatch conditions they may be a nymph or a chironomid.

 

Indicator Jig

Huds Indicator Damsel Part – 1

Huds Indicator Damsel Part – 2

Enjoy!

Hud

Long Weekend at Crane Prairie

Spent a long weekend over the 4th up at Crane Prairie reservoir.  My hunch that finding an open camping site would be easy was correct.  We stayed at the Quinn Creek Campground on the West side of Crane with almost nobody else there!  We had a very quite, and relaxing 4th of July.  The fishing was a little better than it has been in the past, at least for me on Crane!  I managed to hook into a fish at least every outing, mainly fishing for 3-4 hours in the morning and a couple in the evening.  Landing them proved to be another story!  Finely on the last morning, Saturday we had to be back in town for a family event, I was up and out early, well before dawn.  Saturday morning came without the wind that we had the previous 2 days, instead it came with a frost covered boat, and heavy fog!  Thank god for Navionics, as there would have been no way to find the channel through the timber!  I landed 5 fish in 2 1/2 hours of fishing that morning, the largest fish was around 5 lb’s and the smallest, a meager 18″.  One thing  is for certain about Crane, your not going to land a lot of fish, your not even going to hook a lot of fish, but the ones you do hook into are worth every bit of time spent doing so!!

Sorry I don’t have any photos of fish, I was by myself and wanted to get the fish released ASAP as the surface temps were well into the 60’s.  But here are some photos from Saturday morning..

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Thank God for Navionics!

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Some Bass Tournament guys showed up just as the fog was starting to lift..

Enjoy

Hud

The ClackaMax hits Paulina Lake!

Ox and I made it up to Paulina Lake on Saturday to try out some indicator tactics I have been reading about.  While I am pretty sure I still have lots to lean about this style of fishing, several things really started to make some since, as well they worked!  Fishing chironomids or micro leaches, or nymphs under an indicator is actually quite a challenging way to fish.  And while technical, it can be very rewarding if done  properly..  We fished primarily chironomids under an indicator, and did very well with constant take downs, and several hookups.  while none of the fish were of great size, 16″ max, we did land several, even in spite of a very insignificant midge hatch.  Changing up to an olive micro leech proved successful also..  And topping it all off with a small mayfly nymph was also rewarding..  Stripping streamers, and trolling flies proved to be futile, and we had no fish with those techniques!

So, what to do next, well the more I learn about this indicator fishing, the more I keep thinking about the big Bow’s in Crane Prairie!  Although I have sworn that lake off, I may need to give it another try with some additional knowledge…  We’ll see.

Indicator Tactics

Indicator Tactics

Decisions Decisions!  Selecting the right pattern can make, or break you day!

Decisions Decisions! Selecting the right pattern can make, or break your day!

Enjoy

Hud