Summer continues, warm days and cool nights are the rule. However we have our first near 90 F day in the upcoming forecast.
River levels have been dropping as they normally do this time of year. When hot, the trout take to the deep cool holds and begin to feed at dusk or dawn. With the hex hatch winding down regular caddis, Adams, and stoneflies become the available food source of trout. Terrestrials are also upon us.
Water temperatures remain in the low 60s F. Hopefully the water will remain some what cool. The advantage now moves to the fly fishing angler. The trout are wary as always but this scenario gives you the chance to work on the big trout in deep holes.
Stealth is oh so important with the trout trapped in deep feeding stations. A quiet approach with a straight floating line and soft fall of the Adams will bring the trout to the fly. Get it wrong or what I call "Spank The Water" and you will get that slashing refusal. Remember...floating line away from the leader/ tippet, fly floating at the same speed as the river. Any pile up of these lines spells disaster. Get it right on the first cast to that trout hold. Please limit your false casts to zero if possible. If you pile up your line gently mend the line or let it float clear of the hole and try again. It is hard for a novice to understand just how timid and shy trout are. If they see you, hear you, or your cast is faulty, they will not commit.
Look for that main stream flow over a deep hole or cut bank. Think Brook Trout in log jams, Brown Trout under the cut bank, and Rainbows mid stream.
Avoid bright times of the day, 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Remember water temps of 68 F or higher the trout cease to feed. I don't know how long the heat wave will last. Two or three days isn't a problem. Anything longer and the fly fishing gets tough.
All rivers, the Pigeon, Sturgeon, Black, Jordan and Maple are healthy and clear. Your sucess is based on quiet movement on the river and a correct cast. Your choice of flies is gained by observation of the river. We can do it...ah summer; I love it.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.