Winter Haven Chain of Lakes

Tip of the week 

Afternoons have been bringing the grizzly shad to the surface. White sz6 clousers and grizzly white double crafty are a good match. Slow the movement, and be patient. Bluegill and panfish have been unusually finicky. We are going to fish flies that require very little movement. Let 'em study a bit. Sprogs with the movement of marabou in the tail, slow sinking rubber spiders, for nymphs-regular-not beadhead, prince, hare's ear, and pheasant tail should be tried and expect the bite on the slow drop. Rig tandem with two different flies to find what is working. Smaller flies seem to be better if you have an option. Olive and black wooly buggers can save the day- especially crawled just off the bottom.

Seven-day forecast 

We will have a major cold front move in on Tuesday. Fishing should improve through the end of the week with rising pressure and temps and lower wind. Crappie (Specs) at night continue to be slow because of the unseasonable warmth. Water temps need to be below 70 for consistent schooling.

Must Have Flies 
Clouser Minnow chartruese 6 Buy from
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig natural 16 Buy from
Clouser Minnow white 6 Buy from
Adams Parachute Dry Fly red 10 Buy from
Weedless Sneaky Pete Popper chartruese 6 Buy from
Orvis CJ Nymph olive Buy from
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