Greetings to everyone, it has been quite some time since I've had a fish report post. It is my hope that you and your loved one's are all doing well and in the best of health. This unprecedented year continues to impact us all in the latest "new normal".
I have been in contact with many of you to personally inform that I made the heart breaking decision not to guide this COVID 2020 season.
My wife and I finally made it to Crowley Lake just over a week ago and it feels great to be here. Needless to say, a much needed break from the quarantine lifestyle. We continue to support the mandate necessary to beat this nasty virus. It is my hope and determination to come back strong for the 2021 season. In the meantime, I will provide my on the water reports while I'm here at Crowley.
Today was my fifth day on the water and each time the hunt for the "productive spot" continues to get better. Most of the action is taking place in 12 to 16 feet of water. I initially started at about 21 feet in the North Arm and the action was slow to sometimes good. The North Arm has been better in the 12 foot depths, based on reports, but I have yet to fish that zone primarily to avoid crowding some fellow guides. I did scout my known waypoints in that zone and there were plenty of fish markings on the sonar. The North Arm channel is defined and there are fish in there. I plan to eventually spend more time over there and scout out my waypoints. There are fish at Alligator Point and Leighton Springs. I fished Leighton, caught some fish but not enough action to keep me coming. I have been at McGee with family in my last three outings. Most of the daily fleet has been congregating along the McGee channel so you must get out there very early to grab a productive spot. However, don't despair, the fish are spread out from what I've seen. Since I'm not in guide mode I have not been racing off at 0-dark hundred to get a spot. This season I prefer just to take my time. Plus it's my "M.O." to locate productive spots outside of the floatilla congregation. Thus far I have found some satisfying action.
Today we found a productive spot in 14 feet where the fish were steadily feeding from 9:15 am to 10:30 am. We were away from the congregation and it was an enjoyable bite. In four hours we managed 19 to the net including, a 21, 20, two 18 inchers. We missed lots of suttle grabs. Shaking the rust off, ha ha. Most of the fish were in the Junior class size (14 to 17 inchers). Their fight is so very strong. It was a very good day! So much fun, great therapy and the views are so refreshing!
Productive midge patterns include zebras and the trusty copper tiger. I didn't have to resort to my Trucha Fly batting line-up; got it in cruise control. My top flies have yet to bring good action I've been used to but keep presenting those perch fry, callibaetus, leech, and emerger midge patterns.
The water clarity in all the zones mentioned is very good. The lake level was dropped last week down 4 to 5 feet. The weather has been hot by 10am. The weather forecast for the next five days is calling for sunny calm in morning then slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. I have yet to fish an afternoon but the bite this time of the day can be a blast. Not to mention, there is little to no pressure because most all the anglers have called it a day.
I will be away from the lake this weekend so my next report should be posted next week sometime. I look forward to hearing and possibly seeing some of you this season. It's a new lifestyle without a doubt!
Stay safe, healthy, tolerant and happy. Trucha Fly Fishing Guide Service, "always keeping it reel!" The following pictures are of family members aboard the Trucha Fly Fishing Machine II.
Trucha madre Margarita with a nice 21 inch hefty and healthy Crowley bow.
High stepping it on the deck keeping up with another Crowley athletic and strong fighting fish.
Nice paint job on this good looking brown trout.
Daughter Teresa taking a break from the everyday corporate grind and COVID lifestyle and enjoying the best Crowley has to offer.
A little brown town action for TC.
The views and the action go hand in hand at Crowley!
Pop's Trucha taking in a much needed time on the water. So thankful to be back.
Posted on Fri, August 14, 2020
by David Carranza