Irafly and I headed east for a few days to see firsthand what conditions are like at a couple of our favorite stillwater haunts. Surface water temps ranged from 63-67. Lots of people were out fishing on Saturday and Sunday but Monday we were joined only by a couple of retired gentlemen. The first lake was a bit of a letdown, only because we were geared up to anchor and either dangle or strip flies from Ira’s pram. The fish were uncooperative, instead roving the lake in large schools that were best targeted by the gas motor and trolling gear crews, who fared very well. We tried some other things but when it became clear that it was a trolling game, at least on that day, we opted to changed venues. The second lake was just what we were looking for and after fiddle-farting around for a couple of hours, we located willing fish on the bottom in 20-22’. The game really didn’t change for the two days we fished. We caught fish on a wide range of patterns including leeches, chironomids, damsel nymphs, callibaetis nymphs, and big ugly streamers. Getting the fly in the zone was really the only requirement to hooking up. It was a great trip to kick off the fall and I can’t wait to get back to the tying bench after field testing and losing quite a few bugs.