Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Orvis Carmel's Tip of the Week
This time of year, nymphing will be your key to catching trout in the Brookville Tailwater. We like soft hackle hare's ears, sparkle soft hackles, our tactical line of nymphs and scuds/sow bugs. Keep your drift right on the seam of fast/slow water and make sure your bobber (yes, we said it) is attached to your leader at the proper depth! Our fish have been taking dry flies in the afternoon hours in different stretches of the tailwater. If you're fishing above the 101 bridge, try a size 16 parachute Adams (or smaller), or a Griffiths gnat size 16-20! Finally the USACE is managing the outflow from the lake at a fishable level! Hopefully the heavy rain projected for Friday/Saturday won't raise the lake and we can fish!
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Water Flow Data
5-Day Outlook as of 6/18/21
The lake is reading 748.4 feet above sea level; the slow release of water will continue for a few more days. We'll experience chances for rain every day this week. Most of the heavier ran has happened in Southern Indiana. Make sure you check the gauge before heading out; any reading at 4 feet and above is not fishable.
Techniques & Tips as of 6/18/21
Nymphing is always a great technique to use at the tailwater! This time of year, we'll experience sporadic hatches offering up dry fly fishing opportunities. Don't be afraid to try a dry dropper set up! Streamers can be a game changer too, don't be afraid to throw a little meat at them!
Current Conditions as of 6/18/21The lake is reading 748.4 feet above sea level; the slow release of water will continue for a few more days. We'll experience chances for rain every day this week. Most of the heavier ran has happened in Southern Indiana. Make sure you check the gauge before heading out; any reading at 4 feet and above is not fishable.
Local Species Available Year Round
Brown and Rainbow Trout
|Schroeder's Hi-Vis Hopper||olive||18|
|Flashback Scud Wet Hare's Ear||natutal||16-20|
|Midge||White or Black||18-22|
Schroeder's Hi-Vis Hopper
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Super Strong Plus Leaders
SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
4-Weight 9' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
WF Trout Fly Line
Best Sinking Fly Line:
Clear Sink Tip Fly Line