Temperatures in the 50s F at night, 75 F in the day with a few upcoming days in the low 80s F for the beach goers...no one can complain. It has just been an awesome summer.
For the trout it has been the same. River temperatures are holding at the low 60s F and rivers are at a survivable level for the trout. The river advantage goes to the trout. They are fat and happy. It is the late summer season and the trout are sporadic feeders. May fly hatches are slowing down. The trout are enjoying a diet of grass hoppers, beetles and caddis as the summer begins to slip away.
The reckless feeding behavior of Brook and Brown Trout is only a month away. Brown and Brook Trout feeding in the form of porpoise and smudging takes will begin to pick up as the pre-spawn days of late August nears.
These next few weeks one must get creative with all the tricks your fly box can provide. The trout are very healthy for their rights of fall. Watch these next few weeks as the Brook Trout begin to turn an orange hue and that hook jaw trait of the salmon begins to form. There is a lot of summer left so a heat wave is still very possible. But just maybe we can finish this summer without the hum of our air conditioners. My fingers are crossed for both us and the trout.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.