This spring wasn't good fishing for stocked trout in my local lakes. I order some Egg Patterns from #8-#14 (pink, chart, orange, light orange) and strike indicators, they kinda of look like power bait which they eat a lot of when stocked. Are egg patterns a good idea?
Never fished egg patterns in stillwaters before. You might want to Google/try some Chironomid patterns... Snow Cones are a very popular (and effective) pattern for fishing below indicators. These patterns imitate the rising midge pupae found in freshwater lakes. Not the most exciting fishing on earth, but it works.
Don't worry about imitating Power Bait. Stocked trout wise up pretty quick to the food that's available to them.
Otherwise I prefer something that has some movement to it (Wooly Bugger, streamer, soft hackle, swimming nymph, etc.).
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Power Bait works because it's easy for the trout to spot and it smells like food, not because it looks like fish eggs.
If you want to "scent" your flies, you go right ahead. Just be sure and check your state regulations as it may not be all that legal
I don't have any real experience with power bait, but this reminds me of a camping trip to Red Feather Lakes, CO a few years back. I took the drift boat so my son and grandson could do some trout fishing and just enyoy rowing around the lake. My son setup my grandson's spinning rod with some power bait, while I fished nymphs with my fly rod. The fishing was pretty slow, but then it was in the middle of the day, my grandson didn't get any action on the power bait. I hooked into a nice 14" rainbow, gave the rod to my grandson and you should have seen his eyes light up, made the whole trip.
My only experience with Power Bait is that I tried to get it banned from the "pay-to-fish" ponds that I managed.
That went over like the big lead balloon.
Gotta say though, there were only a very few guys that had it mastered and they used noodle rods with 2# test line.
Big stocked fish are not pushovers.
Some of my first fish on a fly rod came on egg patters fishing for stocked trout. I had egg patters because I fished for steelhead on my noodle spinning rod with them (exceptionally effective back in the day). So I tried them for trout on the fly rod and it worked like a charm. I was fishing creeks, though. Not sure how it would play on stillwater, as I'm not much of a stillwater fisherman.
I'd try something that looks like what they are eating. Close by is a small lake with stocked trout that slam the wooly buggers and #14 bead head prince nymphs. Peacock catches trout. I've tried egg patterns, but never had a hook up on one.
The largest trout I have hooked there were probably holdovers, 17-18", all taken on woolly buggers stripped in as fast as I could.