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Week 11/13/18-11/20/18
Conditions:  Good
Surface Temp: 75f
Clarity: Slightly Tannic 18-24-inches

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This is what fly fishig is all about.  Chris and Jim Bishop on the Chattooga River.


Specs(Crappie) are making the report, finally.  Caught outside of lily pads and near deeper water; Specs have been consistent in several pics from customers. Bass have been staying active and the fishing is very good. Streamers have been consistently producing results. Bass have been most productive a few feet off the bank and stripped fairly slow to keep them deeper in the water column around 4-6 feet down. This is where fluorocarbon and intermediate sinking lines come in handy.

Jim Bishop releases another rainbow trout on a great weekend.

Fly Fishing Mayan Cichlid
Mayan Cichlid, an unusual catch in Central Florida Lakes as they are cold water sensitive.  They are very aggressive fighting fish, and an invassive species, usually from an aquarium. 


The bass have continued to school up and chow down on schools of shad. This is one of our favorite times of year, since we get to chuck some meaty streamers at some aggressive bass. They have been hanging out a little farther offshore than most people are fishing. Try casting from a boat length away from where you start pounding the bank. The fish are staying in 4-6 ft of water, and they will eat top water flies too.  A white gurgler is a great companion to a white streamer to cover all your bases as the bass will be exploding on top one second then retreat to deeper water. Bluegill are hanging around docks and near the mouths of canals. The best way to catch them has been a heavier tungsten nymph drug on the bottom or a worm fly with the squirmito tail on a jig head. Specs(Crappie) are  being caught along grass lines and outside of lilies. Use baitfish patterns in white, black and/or brown/olive in size 6, 8, or 10.  Classic popper fishing is recommended at sunrise. Colors are important as the fish are selective. Start with white as this mimics a struggling baitfish then start trying brighter colors such as yellow or orange.  Popper dropper rigs are a very good way to fish.  Use classic trout flies such as a Pheasant Tail or a Hare's Ear Nymph is sizes 10-14, or try an Green Drake emerger sz 10-14.

Conley Whiddon had a great morning with this Grand Slam.  White poppers were the ticket at sunrise.



With cooler temperatures rolling in at the end of the week the fishing should be good despite the weather shift. Lake levels are still high, but lower than last week.  The Peace. Econ, Myakka, Hillsborough, Withlacoochee, and Kissimmee Rivers are all at above average levels. Normal river levels are falling with the season.  Lake levels should slowly recede, and are approaching desirable levels. 

Billy Williams tied this rubber legged leech pattern.  Looks really good!  Billy has been catching a lot of trout in N. Ga.- But this fly would be awesome here too!

FLY TYING CLASSES ARE ON FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAYS at 6:00PM-7:30PM.  No reservations needed. We supply materials  and tools (or bring yours.) $10 min purchase requested. Our next tying class is Nov 20th.  Contact us at 863 299-999 for more info.

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Allen Wyatt
Allen Wyatt


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