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I made a quick trip over to HN this morning to try and get ahead of the wind. I launched my tube at 6:30 and fished until 10:30, when the wind was starting to pick up. I used the usual fly tackle, fast sinking line (#8) and a size 8 bead head black/orange crystal bugger. I tried a bunch of other flies but that was the only one that caught a fish. It was not a stellar day, I picked up two 14" chubs, one 20" - 3 Lb, 3 oz. catfish, and had a decent rainbow on for a couple of strips. I only had a few other hits, so it was really slow.

The water temperature was 55-56 degrees and the visibility in the water of about 5'-6'. The reservoir is 95% full and stable. This is the only reservoir in Emery County that you can still launch a boat. :(


There was a guy fishing off the dock when I got there and another angler over on the south dike.
There were a few geese, grebes, loons, ducks, and an eagle that kept me entertained since the fish weren't very cooperative.

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I find it interesting how frequently you use fast sinking line, as this time of year I have historically fished intermediate line with the most success.

Following your track you are spending a good amount of time in deeper water whereas the places I normally have toon fished I focus more on the shallows. But not exclusively.

I always enjoy the reports. Thanks!
 

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I find it interesting how frequently you use fast sinking line, as this time of year I have historically fished intermediate line with the most success.

Following your track you are spending a good amount of time in deeper water whereas the places I normally have toon fished I focus more on the shallows. But not exclusively.

I always enjoy the reports. Thanks!
Your welcome!

I have used the fast-sinking line more than usual this year, mostly because of the windy conditions. It's easier to control and keep in better touch with the fly. I did see some rainbows feeding on midges early in the day but they were out in deep water. I have a friend that fishes with two poles on his pontoon. He uses an intermediate on one pole and a #4 sink line on his other and he usually gets more fish on the intermediate.
When the water warms up a bit I'll be using my #2 and my intermediate more if the winds settle down.
HN fishes a little different because of the fish that are in there. HN has wipers, catfish, browns, rainbows, bluegill/green sunfish, largemouth bass, and chubs. I have never done very well in the shallows there. Places like Scofield, Strawberry, and Starvation I fish more in shallow water than I do the deep water for the most part.

Try not to get blown away out there. ;)
 

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Ok, question for you guys related to what you were talking about. I'll be rigging up a reel for smallies soon and was wondering which type of line you would recommend? Intermediate sink or fast sink? Most of the smallies I catch out of Jordanelle are in about 15 feet of water or less.
 

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Ok, question for you guys related to what you were talking about. I'll be rigging up a reel for smallies soon and was wondering which type of line you would recommend? Intermediate sink or fast sink? Most of the smallies I catch out of Jordanelle are in about 15 feet of water or less.
Like you, I have caught most of my smallmouth in 15' or less at Starvation.
I would use either a #2 or #3 sink line. If your moving in your tube with 50' of #3 line out your fly will be pretty close to the bottom in 15'. If you use the cast, sink, strip method, you can cover the whole water column with the #3. If the water is real clear you may want to use a #2 and let out more line to keep from spooking the fish.
That's the fun thing about fly fishing, you never really figure it all out.
 

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When I fish an intermediate line from my toon I’m generally fishing within 1-3 feet of the surface for the majority of the retrieve. I believe my sink rate is 1.5 inches per second and I’m generally not letting it sink at all after casting when I’m in the shallows. The retrieve keeps it up a bit rather than just letting it sink.

You could easily fish an intermediate line down deeper by casting and just letting it sink. You can count it down and get a reasonably good estimate of how far down it is when you start retrieving. But the intermediate line is not the best tool for specifically what you’re talking about.

I would probably do a type III sink line if I was rigging specifically what you are talking about. You’ll still want to let it sink a bit if you’re trying to get down 10-15 feet below the surface, but it would be pretty versatile for you at the same time.
 

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Ok, question for you guys related to what you were talking about. I'll be rigging up a reel for smallies soon and was wondering which type of line you would recommend? Intermediate sink or fast sink? Most of the smallies I catch out of Jordanelle are in about 15 feet of water or less.
I would add that the weight (or not weight) on the fly makes a big didfference also. I like a bead head or conehead for smallmouth so it sinks a little faster and then I don't get as much bow in the line for the retrieve. Lots of fun!
 

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By accident one day I discovered a type 4 full sink was pretty darn effective in 10-20 feet of water. I thought for awhile it had to do with the angle of the line on the water. Then I just gave up and went with it!
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By accident one day I discovered a type 4 full sink was pretty darn effective in 10-20 feet of water. I thought for awhile it had to do with the angle of the line on the water. Then I just gave up and went with it!
You just may have to wait a little longer to get it down to the depth, and fish a little slower. But they work!
 
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