'Proper' or not, lake fishing offers a lot to like
Credit: Dennis Smith, Reporter Herald
I learned to fly fish for trout on rivers and small streams in the southern Catskills more than 60 years ago and though we often fished lakes back there, it was usually from a boat and always for panfish, bass and, occasionally, northern pike.
I'd never seen, much less fished, a "trout lake" until after we moved to Colorado in the '70s, and some buddies took me to one of the Honholtz Lakes up north to fish a damsel fly hatch.
It was a real eye opener. Trout were practically beaching themselves in the shallows trying to catch damsel fly nymphs migrating towards shore. Some were taking mature adults on the surface, too. I'd never seen anything like it, and it made quite an impression on me.
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