Lake Trout

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Teenage Entomologist, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    I was wondering if Lake Trout can be caught on a fly rod, and if they did, would they take dry flies?
  2. psycho Active Member

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    Caught lots of lake trout on flies, mostly in the spring after ice off on lakes. Never had one take a dry but then I never fished dries, most came to streamer or clousers off a type six or seven. Even used some T-14 and 17 .
  3. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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  4. thesankers Member

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    Lake trout will take dry flies when they are near surface and food is abundant. I caught them in Lake Superior during a fall of tent catapiller moths, and have caught them in the boundary waters during mayfly hatches as well. The water has to be cold and the fish shallow for this to happen. I am sure it is more common in the far north.
  5. John Weston Member

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    I troll with my fly rod using a full floating line and woolly buggers. fish about 20 ft deep or deeper in deep lakes. I only fish in small lakes and only keep 14" or bigger.
    Outlaw
  6. GAT Active Member

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    In Oregon it is rare to catch a lake trout with a dry fly. Normally, they are caught in the early spring or late fall (during the first snow) with large streamer style patterns fished fairly deep.
  7. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    How do you fish 20 feet deep with a dry line?
  8. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Either a really long fluorocarbon leader, or sinking tip, or full-sinking fly lines. Streamer fishing is fun.
  9. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Kind of like wiping your butt with a hula hoop
  10. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    You're pretty funny!
  11. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Your pretty funny!
  12. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Whoops, I hate technology, I like a fly rod much better!
  13. John Weston Member

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    sorry about that. I meant to say sinking line. I am using a floating line in the rivers right now.
    Outlaw