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Forgetful 10-28-2019 06:55 PM

When do Woods and Willow slow?
 
I'm curious when the two most popular rim lakes slow down fishing wise? Or does it stay good through the winter as long as there isn't ice over? Latest I've fished is mid November.

I had a ridiculous day on Saturday, nothing all morning till I switched to the right fly at lunch. From then untill we left at 3:30 we landed 16 fish and had 50+ takes (wife and I were sharing a fly rod, her spinner gear was useless).

Pinetopbob 10-28-2019 08:36 PM

What fly was the winner ???????

david vaughn 10-29-2019 07:26 AM

I am blessed by living in Payson and fishing the Rim fairly often.

The latest I've floated both lakes would be Dec 28 with skim ice being pushed away from my tube. It gets a little chilly after sitting in the tube for 6+ hours, but the gains in catching is remarkable.

I do not ice fish, so I cannot attest whether or not the action slows down to the point of fish lethargy.

To answer your question regarding when does the fishing slow down, in my experience it's usually in August to early September, when the waters are really warm, which in turn makes the trout somewhat sluggish.

Usually in mid-September when cooler overnight temps arrive on the Rim, the trout perk up and start devouring everything they see. I like this time of year we are in, as the elk are bugling, eagles and osprey's are actively feeding, shorelines / parking lots are vacant, the pine scent is heavy in the air and the trout are lazer focused on building up body mass before ice over begins in earnest.

Forgetful 10-30-2019 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Pinetopbob (Post 173508)
What fly was the winner ???????

Parachute hopper. By the time we left it didn't even resemble anything. Insanity, I tried so many other dries.

Sorry the forum has been on and off broken for me.

Forgetful 10-30-2019 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by david vaughn (Post 173511)
I am blessed by living in Payson and fishing the Rim fairly often.

The latest I've floated both lakes would be Dec 28 with skim ice being pushed away from my tube. It gets a little chilly after sitting in the tube for 6+ hours, but the gains in catching is remarkable.

I do not ice fish, so I cannot attest whether or not the action slows down to the point of fish lethargy.

To answer your question regarding when does the fishing slow down, in my experience it's usually in August to early September, when the waters are really warm, which in turn makes the trout somewhat sluggish.

Usually in mid-September when cooler overnight temps arrive on the Rim, the trout perk up and start devouring everything they see. I like this time of year we are in, as the elk are bugling, eagles and osprey's are actively feeding, shorelines / parking lots are vacant, the pine scent is heavy in the air and the trout are lazer focused on building up body mass before ice over begins in earnest.

Thanks, I'll have to push the dates this year, cold doesn't bother me. I just lose dexterity in my hands pretty bad and can't do anything. My fishing partners seem to juat about die when it gets below 30

david vaughn 11-01-2019 06:57 AM

Forgetful - the link below deals with fall fishing on the Rim, specifically Woods Canyon and Willow Springs for Tigers. Enjoy the article from Jim.

https://www.paysonroundup.com/news/l...6a185ae86.html

Tying2Fly 11-19-2019 03:24 PM

How late into November lets say will the gates on the roads into Woods or Willow stay open?

david vaughn 11-20-2019 07:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Tying2Fly (Post 173534)
How late into November lets say will the gates on the roads into Woods or Willow stay open?

It all depends on the snow load as to when A-S closes the gates to the Rim lakes. I've fished up to New Years during several years, when there was no snow on the ground or ice on the lake.

With the current weather pattern, the Rim is slated to get anywhere from 9" - 13" of the white moss by Friday morning. If the road is clear, then the gates will remain open. If the roads become snow packed, then gates might be closed.

But then again, the day use area of Willow Springs remains open and one may need four wheel drive to access the southern portion of those waters.


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