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Fly Fishing Report - Winter Haven Chain of Lakes and Orlando Area

Week 08/06/18 - 8/14/18
Conditions:  Good
Surface Temp: 82f
Clarity: Tannic-but clearing 22-inches

Calvin Lopez with a Tarpon caught in Cancun, Mexico

Calvin Lopez with his first fly rod Tarpon caught in Cancun, Mexico on a family trip.

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Fly Fishing 101

The 101 classes are a quick method to get-fly-fishing-today.  2 1/2 hours-and it's Free!  August  is our last date for the summer.  Reserve your seat!  We have one-on-one lessons available by appointment (863) 299-9999.


Ray Bentley has been catching some Very Nice Bluegill-and we are impressed with the fish selfies-really good work.

Tip of the Week: 
Bluegill are on the bed in many locations across central Florida.  This is that golden time of year that you can catch a 'Mess" of them.  There are plenty of bream that are cruising and feeding.  Small white minnows like Grasset's Snook minnow, white Clousers, and Norm's Schminnow are producing lots of fish (These are small minnow patterns that are targeted at snook but the Bream and Bass   don't know, and they like them too.)   Popper-dropper rigs with classic trout flies on the dropper are always a best bet.  Still catcing lots of fish on grass shrimp fished under a white popper, thanks to a report from two weeks ago.  Specs are unusually active this summer, taking the same white minnow patterns.  Poppers, Slider and amnesia style topwater. Colors continue to be chartreuse, white, and electric blue for topwater.

Todd Dunham sent in these pics. using his new 13 Fishing outfit that he got from us!  4 of 5 fish that he caught were on white flukes.  Translated to fly, those would be white streamers patterns. Nice Bass,Todd!

Trevor Brown Caught this nice bass a little off the weedlines using a white minnow pattern.
Trevor Brown caught and released this nice bass using a white minnow pattern.
Techniques: 

The Summertime pattern is starting to apply to our bass.  They are biting further off the weedline and in deeper water.  White Clousers and Grasset's Snook Minnow (white) have caught fish.  Time to break out the sinking line and a big Game Changer fly for the biggest bass in the lake.  It is slow methodical fishing but may produce your biggest bass of the year.  Afternoon rain storms will push water through canals and large culverts.  These will be feeding funnels and will create opportunities for the fly angler. Reports of bluegill and specs (crappie) taking small white streamers, and small weighted streamers.  Sprogs are catching bluegill fished inside the cattail and bullrush edgelines. Bluegill success on a dropper rigs with scuds and grass shrimp patterns, and soft hackle nymphs.  But not as vigorous as weeks past.  High water may have moved the fish.


Jim Bishop tied this beautiful Bouface Streamer at fly tying club.  Perfect for this week on the lakes!

FLY TYING CLASSES 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 August 7th.

7 Day Outlook:  
More afternoon rain is forecast. Morning and evening should be best for fly fishing topwater.  Flowing canals will create feeding funnels and should be an opportunity. Lake levels are very high.  Some of the lakes get more complex to fly fish because the water floods into the grass and timber areas.  The fish are gorging on little bugs and lizards and other snacks in a place we cannot cast a fly.  The water levels are very high, any tropical storm will put Central Florida into flood stage.  Docks are under water on the Winter Haven Chain, and flood control damns are wide open.  Ironically, the USGS system where we retrieve all of our river data is currently down.

The text in this report may look familiar.  We upload weekly to the Orvis Fishing Report for Florida.

Links for Local Weather And River Levels

Local Weather

Water Levels Peace River

Water Levels Econ River

Water Levels Hillsborough  

Water Levels Myakka River