Fishing Report: Wild Trout in the Heat of Summer
Water Type: Wild Trout Streams (Varying Types)
Fish Species: Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout
Date: 7/28/19, 7/29/2019
Time Fished: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Weather: Sunny, 85 degrees
Water Conditions: 61-68 degrees (depending on location)
Equipment: 8'-6" 4wt rod, 9' leader with 4x tippet.
Flies: Dry Flies (Foam Patterns), Small Streamers
The recent rainfall maps guided my exploration as I searched for area streams that would have decent flows and cold water. Any time you fish for trout in the summer, especially when a long drive is involved, you need to do your research before heading out. A backup plan, or two, never hurts.
The first stream I visited has a history of warming to the high-60s and even the low 70s during the summer months. Luckily (and surprisingly) my thermometer showed 65 degrees early in the morning. The fishing wasn't easy, but I picked up a brook trout and a few small brown trout as I worked my way upstream. A yellow foam dry fly did the trick.
If the brook trout show themselves, you know the water temperatures are cold.
I continued working upstream and, as the day progressed, I found fewer brook trout active. The water temperature had climbed to 68 degrees. A ways upstream, I found a decent sized pool. It had depth, current, and a deep tail-out with a few boulders spread throughout. I made sure to stay back as to not spook any fish holding in the tail of the pool. Keeping my distance was a good move, as my second cast produced the best fish of the day. Again, the yellow foam dry fly was the ticket.
The next morning, I switched gears and decided to complete the two-day wild trout slam (continuing on my effort from the previous morning). This meant finding a few wild rainbows. Chasing rainbows required a long drive for me, but it proved worth the effort.
The wild rainbows came from a cold stream, measuring 61 degrees on the thermometer on a hot summer day. This felt refreshing as I wet waded - like I do on most hot summer days.
The ticket for the rainbows was a small streamer fished slowly and swung through fast currents. This technique is effective for all species of trout in the summer months.
After landing a few rainbows upstream, I made my way back through the thick brush that surrounds the lower stream. I stopped by a fallen tree to try out my new flexible tripod and capture some closeups of a swallowtail butterfly.
I was shocked how close this butterfly let me get for this shot. It seemed focused on other things and largely ignored me.
Get out there and fish! - Evan @dcflyfish