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Rusty Flybox: Summertime

Let’s be  honest, in many ways June is the best month for fly fishing. But all great things must come to an end. Thankfully, there are some really, really good things that follow… like July, August, and September.

Fly fishing in the heat of summer requires thinking a little differently. The days are longer, the water is warmer, and the whole ecosystem works in a new way.

Here are three articles from the Casting Across archives that will help you get a bead on some of the ways to approach fly fishing in the summer. One has to do with flies, another with location, and the last pertains to an excellent piece of gear.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Hop To It

Its borderline stupid to not fish the things in July and August. Perhaps I, along with many other anglers, fish them the wrong way. Hoppers aren’t ants, midges, or even bushy size twelve mayflies. It isn’t about being delicate or making long, drag free drifts. Fishing hoppers is more like using a rocket launcher than a sniper rifle. Here are five simple, brief, and unceremonious tactics to remember when fishing hoppers.

It is Hot Out! Fish for Trout

The common solution for conservation-minded anglers that place stewardship above sport is to lay off the fly fishing for a month or two. Good. Great, even. But does that mean that fishing for trout is off limits in July and August? Are bass and carp the only fair game in the heat of summer? (As if these fish don’t have temperature thresholds…) As is the case in most circumstances, if a “smarter not harder” mindset is employed the fly fisher can absolutely still fish for trout throughout the warmest times of the year. Here are three things to consider.

Astral: My Favorite Fly Fishing Shoe isn’t a Fly Fishing Shoe

After I blew out the heel/ankle on my third pair, I knew I was going to have to bid adieu to a very popular brand of sandals. For over five years, this particular pair of footwear had been pushed with varying degrees of success. Wet wading, beach trips, and casual summer wear saw me in these sandals. But averaging less than two years for over $100? I was ready to move on.  As much as I love getting the latest and greatest in fly fishing, I was feeling the crunch of being cost-effective and realistic about my chances of justifying another pair of “fishing shoes.” This is what I bought.


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