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On The Fly: Patience is the key to pond fishing

Kevin Sullivan of Rifle puts up a fight with a bass during a recent fishing trip at Harvey Gap Reservoir. Stillwater fishing and river fishing have very different techniques that are used in order to insure success.
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As the rivers begin to rise, my mind usually ventures towards the awesome stillwater opportunities we enjoy here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Fishing lakes, ponds and reservoirs offers a welcome change to me during mud season along with a new set of challenges and techniques to employ. Fishing a stillwater is not as straightforward as a river, and when you think about it, 90 percent of a lake or pond has no fish in it! Figuring out where they are is half the fun in my book.

Fishing ponds isn’t just a trout game around here, as there are bass, carp, pike, and perch on the menu as well.

Pike fishing is definitely a local guides’ favorite because you get a chance to break out the bigger rods, as well as getting to throw big, nasty, hairy flies to a big predator fish. Carp fishing is something you hear people whispering about in the corners of fly shops, as their significant paranoia level, strength and size are a huge draw for those fly fishers looking for a challenge.

Bass and perch are some of my favorite species to target with a fly rod, nothing takes me back to being a 10-year-old quicker than a fat perch pulling on the end of my line.

These little fish pull like something twice their size and pounce on a well-presented fly with a vengeance. Crappie are found here and there locally too, in addition to pumpkinseed, smallmouth bass, chubs, suckers and, of course, trout.

The best tech for stillwater fishing is to be methodical. Take notes, record air and water temperatures, and keep hitting a lake or pond over and over until you unlock its secrets instead of hoping for random success. Most of all, have some fun out there and those rivers will be back in shape before you know it.

This column is provided weekly by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374.

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