Earlier this week, I wrote about the real opportunities that are available for fly fishing for trout – even in the heat of the summer. I realize that even if you try to follow all the recommendations that I gave, there are still plenty of parts of the country that either can’t or shouldn’t engage in fly fishing for trout in the hottest months.
So below are some other posts from Casting Across that give other options and ideas for safely hitting the water in the heat. Be responsible and a good steward, but get out there and catch fish.
There are some ways that the late, hot summer evenings can be utilized to the fly fisher’s advantage. Weather, light, and time do impact the behavior of fish, insects, and other people. With a little planning and consideration, there can be a lot of angling benefits to the opportunities of this time of year.
Just because you may be forced into waiting until later doesn’t mean that you are missing out on good opportunities for chasing smallmouth bass with a fly rod. In fact, there are many reasons why waiting until later is a good idea for any kind of fly fishing you’ll be doing in the summer. And summer smallie fly fishing can very well be one of the most accessible and most rewarding ways to fish late.
Standing above the Greers Ferry Dam in the summer, the 100-plus degree heat and presence of watersports of all kinds would seem to be completely alien to any environment suitable to cold water species. As with any tailwater, the river valley that emerges from the discharge produces a drastically different ecology. Year-round 52-degree water in the stretch below the dam, prolific and diverse macroinvertebrate populations, and robust aquatic vegetation create a completely foreign river system for the region. Yet the most dramatic observation is the aesthetic of the thick morning fog and sight of midge-sipping trout.