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Name: tankerpilot Date: October 07, 2012 Rating:
 
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Arrived at Brown's around 1pm hoping to catch on dry flys, but like all summer long it was very slow on the surface. I hooked a couple on a black knat, but very slow until I put on a black wooly bugger with a bead head on the end of my floating line with about 5 feet of leader. Just enough to get it a few feet below the surface. I must have hooked 8 fish within an hours time. A couple of them were 16-17 inches. Caught about 13 total for the 3-4 hours I was on the lake. Still my favorite place to fly fish on still water, but it sure has changed the last few years. Catching fish is not guaranteed there like it used to be.
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Name: Marc Martyn Date: June 27, 2011 Rating:
 
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Today was a mixed bag at Browns. The water level was high but the fishing was low.
The lake is up higher than I have seen it in a very long time. In the middle I was getting depth readings of 32 feet. The channel going to the back bay was 16 ft deep. Along the shoreline just below the campsites, the water was up to the shrubs and trees, when usually there is some shoreline to beach a boat.
We started fishing about 11:00 a.m., water temperature was 58°-60°, high overcast and about 70°. The winds were light and variable.
Started trolling with sinking line using a orange body bucktail. Had two fish on but couldn't get them to the net. I later switched over to floating line and used a Bi-visible working the south shore and landed two 12" Cutthroats. Mike caught five using chironomids, buggers and an Adams.
All afternoon long, there were very few rises on the lake and very few fish marked on the fish finder. I didn't notice anyone else on the lake landing even one fish. Mike and I seemed to be the only ones catching any fish. The day was disappointing as far as the numbers caught, but it was still nice to get out on the water and enjoy a great day.
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Name: Marc Martyn Date: June 26, 2010 Rating:
 
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I got on the water at noon and started fishing with sinking line since there was no surface activity at all. The air temperature was 68º, partial high overcast and a west wind from 5-20 mph. Insect activity was light, with only a few Mayflies seen around 3 pm. The water was clear and the surface temperature was 63º. There were a few light green algae cluster suspended in the water.
I primarily worked the north side of the lake inside the 3 coves. The evening before I developed a new fly pattern that I'm calling the Yellowjacket which proved to be very effective.
At 5 pm I changed over to floating line and tried a BiVisible until about 6:30 and had no rises. Surface rises were very few and far between. Most were very small Cutthroats.
I caught about 20 cutthroat averaging about 11" and one rainbow that measured 15". I released the rainbow and kept 4 cutthroat.
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Name: Marc Martyn Date: June 13, 2010 Rating:
 
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I made my yearly June trip up to Brown's hoping to have a very productive day like years past. This trip was not the same. I got on the water about 1:00 p.m. and started casting a Renegade on the surface. The air temperature was in the low '70's, clear skies and a variable westerly wind, 5-15 mph. The water temperature on the surface was 59º and the water was very clear. The hatches, both mayfly and midge, were very light.
Seeing no rises in the middle of the lake, I decided to try fishing the shadows on the south side of the lake. On my trek down the shoreline, I saw one large rise in the shadows. It was between two fallen trees, one over the other, going into the water. A perfect cover for a feeding trout. I hooked and netted him, 15", and sent him on his way again.
That was the only large trout I saw rise all afternoon. There were a couple of very small dink frys that hit the surface and that was it.
I put on a Stayner's Duck and trolled deep, picking up two more, one 15" and one about 10".
The puzzling thing about today was that the weather, water conditions and temperatures were almost the same as from years past. The only thing different this year is that there was a lot of rain in the past 2 weeks. Someone told me that the lake had risen about 12 inches in the last two weeks. It was up to near the high water mark on the shoreline. One thing remains unexplained. I covered the entire lake in the afternoon and did not mark one fish on the fish finder and saw about 5 fish rise to the surface. The only thing that I can think of that would explain such a very slow day is that we have had a very wet, cold, long spring. Perhaps the hatches are lagging behind from years past.
Today was the slowest day that I have experienced in 35+ years of fishing Brown's Lake.
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Name: Marc Martyn Date: May 24, 2009 Rating:
 
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I got up to the lake around 11:30 a.m. and started fishing close to the launch. It was a great day to be on the water. 70º, light variable wind and partly cloudy. The surface water temperature was 57º and the water was very clear. The level of the lake was a bit low for this time of the year. It was down about 5 verticle feet from the high water mark. The channel between the back bay and the main part of the lake was only 7 feet deep.
At about 12:00 noon, a midge hatch was coming off and the rises got very active and lasted for about 2 hours. I had an BiVisible on all afternoon. A Renegade was also working.
Most of the fish were averaging between 10-13" and very healthy. I released about 20 fish and kept four for my 80 year old mother-in-law. Those will be a nice treat for her.
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Name: Idaho-fishhead Date: September 21, 2008 Rating:
 
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I took my 9 and 14 year old boys up there for the weekend, arrived around 0900 with several campsites full.

We started fishing right near the boat ramp, depth finder was marking 18' @ 63 degrees F.
Hit my first fish within 10 minutes and so did my oldest son, they weren't big. Measured 12" in the net.
caught him my own creation called the producer, my son caught his on a wet willy.

So for about the next 5 hours, my boys and I caught 20 all together ( cuts & bows) largest 17" on black buggers, purple mohair leeches,, and the standard fare of wet flys. towards evening my 9 year old hammered them on a 18 renegade.

We caught these on the east end of the lake staying in 16-18' of water.
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Name: Marc Martyn Date: June 21, 2008 Rating:
 
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Had a great day on Browns fishing with Lotech Joe, Dennis, Dave Hall and his friend Chris. The weather was very pleasant, 73 degrees with a light breeze and high overcast. The surface water temperature was 63 degrees and the water was very clear. The fish were working the surface all day long. I fished a Renegade the entire day and netted about 20 fish with the largest being 14", all cutthroats.
The water level of the lake was up from last year, but still below the high water mark. I expected it to be higher with the long winter. The insect activity consisted of flying ants, some mayflies and small midges.
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Name: Raff Date: July 12, 2007 Rating:
 
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Fished Brown's on 10-11 July 07. My parents were in from Arizona and Mom wanted to camp and fish in the worst way....had not done so in several years. I figured a good choice would be Brown's and it's great camp ground. We arrived to find only one other site occupied. Total fishing time was limited due to the competing requirements of the camping trip, ie kids, dogs, hiking, swimming, life guarding, etc. We found the lake to still be quite clean and cool despite 7-8 feet of water loss from this time last year. The fish were quite active. I managed 7-8 rainbows and cutthroats each day on olive damsel and stillwater nymph patterns. Smaller patterns, size 16 PTs, prince nymphs and hares ears worked well when the fish became less active and were short-striking the large patterns. The bows ran from 10-15" and the cutties from 8-13". All seemed to prefer a deep and aggressively stripped presentation. I saw only sporadic midge hatches and an occasional may fly but large numbers of adult damsels. Dad was content to "hold down the fort" while I gave Mom a crash course in fly fishing and kick finning a pontoon boat. She got skunked the first day but got two the second day and lost two others at the boat, her first trout via flies. She had a good time!
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Name: Marc Martyn Date: June 16, 2007 Rating:
 
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We got on the lake about 10:00 a.m. and started getting hits right away. The water temperature was 59 degrees, light breeze and partly cloudy. Green seems to be the favorite color in many lower lakes so I thought I would try it up there also. It turned out that it was very productive all day long. The only noticeable insect activity was a small midge hatch. There were a few mayflies but they were sparse.
The lake is down about 8-10 vertical feet from the high water mark. I think this level is low for this time of year.
Most of the fish were in the 10"-12" range, with a few 14". Caught both rainbows and cutthroat. All fish appeared to be quite healthy and had a lot of energy.
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Name: Gary Date: July 01, 2006 Rating:
 
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Fished Brown's for 2 days, June 30 and July 1. Water temps mid 60s. Light winds and mostly sunny, temps mid 80s. Still able to catch fish but had to go deep to get them. Kick finning with a constant trolling speed would not work. Had to get 15-20 feet down and slowly retrieve back to the surface. Hare's ear, prince nymphs, zug bugs and olive/tan AP emerger nymphs all drew solid takes if fished at correct depth/speed. Mostly cutties this time, 3 of which were 16", and only a few rainbows. Broke camp a day early (July 1st) when a small army arrived due to July 4th weekend, completely filling the campground. Several members of this small army were armed with loud, foul mouths, copious amounts of alcohol and blowup mattresses in lieu of rafts!!! What a sight! I hope they make it through the weekend OK.
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