When it comes to angling, there's something truly magical about fishing in the rain and wind. With rivers in our area often getting blown out due to excessive rain, we turn to Stillwater fishing to make the most of every moment. Lately, we've been hitting our local lakes with our trusty 4 and 5wt rods, indicators and leech patterns, and the results have been nothing short of exceptional.
It might sound counterintuitive, but rainy, windy days can be some of the best times to fish. As the raindrops disrupt the surface, they send vibrations through the water, making fish less wary of your presence. Furthermore, the wind can help entice fish, with your suspended leech pattern naturally jigging up and down with the small waves on the lake's surface.For lake fishing on days like these, a 4 or 5wt rod is the ideal choice. The lighter weight offers more finesse, allowing you to cast with precision and fight fish effectively. Plus, it adds a layer of excitement to your catch – even smaller fish feel like giants on a light rod.
An indicator setup is a must for lake fishing right now. The indicator we love is an Oro's; their bright colors allow you to see it in the water, and their lightweight adds to ease of cast and sensitivity to hook up on subtle strikes. Not only do they help you detect strikes but also keep your leech pattern suspended at the right depth. Lately, we have been fishing our leech patterns 2-4ft under the indicator. Remember, trout and other species often cruise at varying levels in the water column, so it pays to experiment.
Leech patterns are the unsung heroes of fly fishing. Their lifelike appearance, utilizing Spawn products, adds tantalizing movement which makes them irresistible to a wide range of fish. Black, brown, or olive leech patterns are all-time favorites, but don't hesitate to try something unique if the bite is slow. The element of surprise can sometimes be a game-changer. Over the last several days, the Hot Fly has been the Wiggle Leech that Spawn Owner Pete ties on our YouTube Channel.
In unpredictable weather, adaptability is key. Carry a selection of leech patterns, various indicator sizes, and tippet strengths. You never know when conditions might shift or when fish might decide to switch their preference.
Rainy, windy days might not be everyone's first choice for a fishing outing, but the best time to fish is when you can, and they can offer some of the most exciting angling experiences. Armed with a 4 or 5wt rod, an indicator, and a leech pattern, you can tap into the hidden world below the lake's surface. So, the next time stormy weather arrives, embrace it and enjoy the success that local lake fishing can bring, all while relishing the natural beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors. Happy fishing!