A Short Review by our Freinds at Flyloops
Fly Fishing At Fernbank Farm
Fernbank Farm offers great fly fishing in our three well stocked still waters. The dams receive a constant flow of cool water from a freshwater spring, keeping our waters both well oxygenated and at a perfect temperature for trout.
The feisty Rainbow and Brown Trout grow big on Caddis larvae, Midge larvae, various Damsel and Dragon fly larvae, Mayflies and an abundance of bait fish species.
Fly fishing techniques:
Generally you will be well served using a 5wt fly rod and either a floating or intermediate fly line with a tapered leader and either 4 or 5X tippet. A combination or team of flies seem to produce the best results.
Flies that produce the goods include:
Wooly Buggers, Damsel and Dragon Fly imitations, Midge pupa imitations, Blood Worms, and small static nymphs such as gold ribbed hares ear.
Spring Fly Fishing at Fernbank Farm
The winter chills have most certainly left and we find the water temperatures beginning to soar towards the upper comfort levels of our finned residents. The rains are late and water levels still the lowest I can recall. I find myself anxiously watching the weather updates for a promise of some relief in the form of rains, but as yet I am still left holding thumbs. This isn’t all bad news, as with the sudden rise in temperature the trout’s menu has just super-sized, and while the water is still within the comfort range they can feed veraciously, packing on weight with the new menu items suddenly available after a long winter diet of midge, a few small may’s and little else.
The challenge at the moment is more to sort out which new delicacy is occupying our quarries fancy on the day as it can flit rapidly. Daphnia in the morning, damsel and beetle larva through the afternoon, only to find them on caddis in the evening. With such a varied buffet you would be forgiven for assuming that they will then feed opportunistically on whatever happens to be on the end of your fly fishing line at the moment.
Unfortunately this is not always true, however when it has been the action has been fast and entertaining for all.
On other days I have often found my top pocket lined with tried and retired patterns from seam to seam: – a sure sign that the fish have proven to be picky. Luckily, even on such days I mostly get lucky after ringing enough changes, and with just a little understanding of the system it is mostly just a case of systematically trying the most likely imitations and methods, this is what fly fishing is about.
My approach to fly fishing Fernbank waters is quite simply starting with a long leader (18 to 24ft) on a floating fly line with a team of trusted seasonal nymphs, fished static to start with. The choice of imitations for the season includes weed caddis, bloodworm, black midge pupa, grhe, ptn, damsels and dragons. If the statics fail the next best try is a team of attractors on a sinking line to try break the daphnia feeders off there focus. My choice here is usually a black and chartreuse team, however the commonly accepted practice of using orange for daphnia feeders still works. My findings are that a fly moved through the feeding level vertically is usually preferable to one retrieved constantly through it. I have no real scientific documentation to support this, only my own experience.
On most evenings there have been great hatches to bring the fish to the surface and provide some top dry fly action, which have mostly been good enough to help erase the memories of even the toughest days.
Getting the setup just right is usually the key here to good fly fishing fun.
Happy Fly Fishing!