4 must-know tips for fly-fishing in lakes, reservoirs & ponds


This bass was holding in sparse pencil weeds


To the trained eye, rivers give up their secrets easily. On flowing water, fish are quite predictably found near current breaks, in pocket water and so on. By comparison, lakes seem huge and inscrutable, but big water is really just a bunch of many small and distinct sections. Lake fish still need safety and food; they just seek it out in different places, such as weedbeds, drop-offs and reefs.

With practice, you can learn to read these places and carefully cast to the most promising spots, just as you’d do in a river. Lakes also have subtle wind-generated currents that strongly influence fish locations. These are obvious to our experienced river eyes, but often less so to conventional lake anglers.