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Finally ... Opening Day 2019!


Cedar Pond holdover Brown Trout

Kristy Slayton had great success with a streamer on opening day landing this 24" brown at Cedar.

Success was a combination of fly choice and presentation. The water at the surface will be a little colder until we get some warm, sunny days. With the cold water fish are moving slowly and staying down 1-4 feet. I found a slow retrieve with a sinking line got the fly in the strike zone and enticed a bite. The takes were generally subtle, often coming at the end of the retrieve as the fly was rising to the surface.

Check out the details in the monthly Flies That Got Hits report to see this season's and last season's flies.

What information is collected?

Fly data is collected from your census sheets. Each fly is uniquely identified but listed once even though it may have fooled several fish. Flies are identified by:

  • Fly Category (streamer, nymph, etc.) - What are the fish eating? Where are they feeding?
  • Name - The name of the fly. Some names are quite bizzare.
  • Color - light, dark, olive, green, black ... the list goes on and on.
  • Attributes - Beadhead, depth fished, size, parachute ... what ever the angler feels is unique or important.
  • Angler - Who held the rod that cast the line that had the leader that had the fly that the fish hit.
  • Date - The day the fly was hit
  • The same fly on different days is counted once for each day.
  • The same fly on the same day by different anglers is counted once for each angler.
  • The same fly hit multiple times by for the same angler on the same day is counted only once.

It sounds complicated but just list your flies on your Census Sheet and read the report. Remember, you don't have to land a fish for the fly to count! Hits and long distance releases as well as fish brought to net were fooled! We all want to know what works.

I hope you will find this report useful and that you will share your experience. The more information we have the better the report becomes … and we all benefit.

So, please fill in this data on your census sheet. As we go through the season, this report will be updated so be sure to check it out BEFORE you leave home!