Upper and Lower Sunshine Reservoirs

October 15, 2020 9:00 am

Leech patterns are very effective. Bead head nymphs stripped or slow trolled behind a kickboat or float tube also work well. Scuds best if fishing the bottom near the shoreline.

Hopper action has been good when fishing the shoreline from a boat or walking. Upper Sunshine is mostly stocked cutthroat. Fishing pressure is the reason for the diminished size. The trout are also taking Adams parachutes, ants, beetles and elk hair caddis.

Fish damsel nymphs, soft hackled bloody Mary’s and midge pupae for best results on Upper Sunshine. Some imitations that do well for dry fly anglers – Ho candy yellow, Joe’s hopper, chubby chuck gold, parachute Adams, foam beetles, magic beetle, foam red or black ants.

On lower Sunshine, larger streamers are effective on the splake and tiger trout in the lake. In shallower water, leeches, scuds, bead-headed nymphs, zebra midges, bow-tie midges and wire worms work well as do hoppers and larger ant or beetle patterns.

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