Cayuga Lake out of Ithaca 11/16


I’ve been trying to get out with my buddy Mike lately for some pike fly-fishing and today was the best day weather and schedule-wise. Mike started on his own around 10:30 am and I joined him just after noon. Pike fishing was good today with Mike landing a 36″ and 31″ fish before I met up with him. Other fish were following the flies and conditions looked good.

The wind came up when we got back out, but we found some active fish ranging from around 8′ to 15′ of water or so. Mike landed 3 more fish and I landed one and missed one. Best set up was an 8 wt. rod with a type 6 full-sinking line and a large deceiver or double-bunny in natural colors. Chartreuse also worked. I had my hits on a floating line and Clouser/half and half. Water temps on the south end of Cayuga Lake ranged from around 44 (in the inlet) to 48 (lake.) Most fish averaged from 30″ to 32″ – nice healthy-looking pike. Lake levels are dropping and the lake is at least 1 to 2 feet below full-pool.