Denny Rickards, the stillwater guru, came on the podcast to cover lakes and the history of stillwater fishing.  Denny breaks down in simple form, where to find fish and how to present the fly properly to fish.

Denny talks about the two most critical things to understand when fishing lakes.  He also talks about why a floating line is not great, and why he has the secret line that works 90% of the time.  Get ready to take some notes because it’s hard to stay up with Denny on this one!


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Show Notes with Denny Rickards

14:40 – Phil Rowley was on in episode 34 and broke down his take on stillwaters.

28:00 – The clear camo line by Cortland is one I’ve used in the past.

30:00 – The Ghost Tip is for fishing just the pupae form of the aquatic insect life cycle.

36:45 – The Seal Bugger and Stillwater Nymph are two flies that Denny usually starts his day out with.  He talks about the color and size as critical aspects of the fly.

41:00 – Denny noted that fish are keyed on the stage not on the exact bug.

49:38 – Rich Henry was one of Denny’s biggest mentors.

1:14:20 – Denny recommends the Super Cat pontoon boats.

1:19:30 – Stillwater Presentation and Fly Fishing Stillwaters for Trophy Trout are the best books that Denny has published.

1:24:03 – Willy Davis, Jim Lefebvre, Wes Parker were some pro ball players that Denny played with back in the day.

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Resources Noted in the Show


Fly Fishing Stillwaters by Denny Rickards 

 Stillwater Presentation by Denny Rickards


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Highlights with Denny Rickards

If you want to be successful in stillwater you must fish where they feed, not where they hold.  We talk about how fish change the location in the lake based on when and where they are feeding.  Early and late in the day they fish the shallow water which is shoreline edges out to 3 to 6 feet in depth.

Denny rarely fishes water that’s greater than 6 feet.  When fish are in deep water, they don’t move and are stationary.

The best place to find food is in the top 2 to 3 feet.  This is where the bugs are active and where you should be fishing.  Try to catch the fish early and late in the day when fish are coming into the feeding areas towards the shore.

Denny covers these topics and much more in this stillwater interview.