Mann Lake

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Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Nymph

Size 8-12 Marabou Damsel. Olive, yellow-olive, browns, greens

Lakes near submerged vegetation: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

Nymph

Size 4-8 Carey Special, Lake Dragon. Browns, dark olive, grays

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, wind drift

Pupa

Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

Adult

Size 10-22 Griffiths Gnat, Sprout Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► Later in April you may see some of those black, size 10 mega-midges that hatch in desert stillwaters. Trout love 'em when they're out, and can be very selective. A slender size 10 midge pupa pattern with a black body and silver or white ribbing will do the job. Let it sit or give it a very slow retrieve.

Adult

Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

Adult

Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing

Trout


► When the ice first leaves, you'll find the lake's cutthroat in shallow water, so leave the boat at home. The fish have a tendency to school-up, so search the water carefully. If you see some subtle rises, you may have found a pod with dozens of big trout.

► Patterns to carry include Woolly Buggers, size 16-18 Pheasant Tail nymphs, and midge pupa patterns.

► Sometimes the best tactic is a Woolly Bugger fished from a sinking line and retrieved ultra-fast.

General


► This is not an enjoyable destination when it's cold and windy, so check the weather forecast before heading over here.
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