Summer is in full swing. Hoppers, crickets, mayflies, and caddis galore. The hatches are strong and long. When there’s not a cloud in the sky, and the sun in high and bearing down, the fish go for shelter. This can be some of the toughest fishing conditions. My solution, give it a rest.
This time of year, your success rate midday is going to be limited. I fish the river early to about 11:00 then I take a siesta and grab some grub. I’ll head on back to the river around 5:30 or so. I love fishing at dusk and into the night.
Studies have shown some species of trout will move as many as 4 miles during the night. That’s quite a bit of movement and it makes sense too. Its cooler require less energy on their part and they are not as exposed to birds of prey.
There’s a couple techniques I try to deploy. In the morning, I tend to fish cripples, emergers and small adult patterns….trying to match the size and color of the natural….and if anything one size down. In the evening, I do just the opposite approach. Color doesn’t matter much so it doesn’t matter if you use a tan caddis or a brown caddis. What matters is its silhouette and how bushy the fly is.
I will up size my fly at night. If I was using a little 16 crippled caddis during the day, I’m going 14 or even 12 at night. I always use either the adult or a spinner if it applies. Here’s the other thing. I sit still and target risers. The fish tend to hang in a spot. I will cast as close as I can to the rise. I’ll wait a minute or two, before a recast. These fish are cruising the surface and actively feeding so you want to drop your fly close to the risers.
I can be challenging to see the strike….and your fly. A parachute helps here for a mayfly. I can see a larger caddis at night. If you’re having trouble, try a Madam X 12. If you can’t pinpoint exactly where your fly is, you’ll probably know the general proximity within a few feet. In this scenario, I simply lift my rod tip when I see a rise near where I think my fly is. You’re either going to have a trout on the end, or subtly moved your fly so you can spot it on the water. Either way, you win.
That’s it my fishy friends!
Tight Lines and Screaming Drags.