Column nr. 4, 2016
Mid Summer Fly
“I summon up
remembrances of things past...“
Willy Shakespear 1564-1616
out still drought ravaged North America and the Western United
States wild and planted trout have by now seen it all! From
little kids splashing and throwing worms, salmon eggs, to LL
Bean clad grey haired old timers with fine split Bamboo tossing
every known fly pattern ever imagined. These under water
dwellers have been highly educated in anything you may dream up
to fool them into giving up freedom while caught and released...
This extensive upper level graduate study is at its highest by
August. The waters most effected by this yearly education are
the roadside fly waters hit the most. Because your up against
this fact of human over use one must roll back into tried and
true tactics that almost never fail from August to December when
the season ends.
Forget any afternoon mid
day fly work my dedicated fly fishers. You will only be wasting
time and practicing your casting skills at best. From August
forward begin your day at dawn or little before. Stand well back
from waters edge and most quietly throw easy loops if working
dry flies or if nymphing use the high stick drop method straight
down and let the rig drift. My advice is to keep moving slowly
quietly if after 10 minutes no hits. I recommend trying my can’t
fail go to set up of Grasshopper or local terrestrial on top and
nymph on a dropper about two feet or so down into water column
and let this drift near water shore edges or near boulders.
Trout are hiding and saving energy and will only waste energy
when a recognized local food source appears. If your comfortable
working my other favorite mouse patterns it will change your
luck quickly! Simply learn to toss the mouse near stream edge or
tree limbs near water and make the mouse move like a real mouse
to and throw leaving a nice tail wake. If you learn to work mice
naturally your catch and release rate will triple no question.
Those who can work streamers like Wolly Buggers will get early
morning hits. If you locate feeding lanes and current runs your
fly success will increase for sure.
Very early or very
Just before sunrise
quietly sneak down to within five or six feet of waters edge and
simply watch the water for any signs. By this time of year
clarity will be often crystal clear. Resident trout not yet
spooked will occasionally dart in and out after insects floating
in or near feeding lanes. If a hatch is on dry fly action the
most fun will occur. Though remember when you cast your shadow
or splash around in your shiny new waders, the fish will be
history quickly sportsfan. Be quiet and catch and release..
Late afternoon near or
just after dark is my favorite time as dry fly work often can
produce hits and fish even with no apparent hatch going on!
Almost without fail a well tied Mosquito will do the trick. If
not try the local favorite dry fly or go to my best fly friend
Mr. Fat juicy Grasshopper in all his glory. After Sun set your
going to get some of the best action of the day Pilgrim. Another
unspoken rule to observe is keep moving and never stay in one
area more then 10 minutes or after working your fly ten times.
The odds of getting any hits after ten casts are slim to none.
You have alerted all resident trout and they have fled to a more
secure hide out. Trout are no different then any other wild
beast. If disturbed they flee quickly and adjust their view of
feeding lanes. If you maintain distance from stream, river,
creek edges your time will be more productive. The old school
rule number one applies, use maximum stealth tactics to succeed!
Mid Summer is the time
to seek out the most remote areas where you fly fish. If your
condemned by little time or simply no other local choices? Then
remote venues is your only choice. Of course if your like many
of the current fly fishers I run into? Then your happy with
crowds and the social aspect of ogling each others shiny new
plastic space age fly rods? Perhaps these grossly misguided herd
instinct equipped fly fishers can seek redemption by reading
classic fly fishing literature that underlines the fact fly
fishing in its classic sense is the least social sport ever
The formula for success
catching and releasing wild or planted trout is so simple. The
waters near you close to roads or multi use trails or worked
relentlessly all summer long! Truly your only hope other then
hiring a helicopter to fly you deep into remote wilderness? Will
be to use maps and ask old timers or Park Rangers or perhaps
local fish and game officials how to access remote trout waters?
I have used the following tried and true routine to access
productive remote fly waters. When considering a new area or
country I don’t know. The first move is to buy several bottles
of expensive single malt scotch. I then drive or walk to the end
of trails and find the very last farm, ranch or residence and
knock on the door with a bottle of single malt in my hands! I
have never found anything but total cooperation and huge smiles.
People draw maps for me and at times ask me to lunch and my day
is made in the shade! You can try other bribes as I have over
the years my fly fishing friends. Single malt expensive scotch
never fails! Of course you more timid politically correct herd
instincters can bring other bribes like fresh flowers or
chocolate I suppose. The effect won’t be the same rest
One last thought please
be very careful about litter fire dangers or leaving anything
behind when working remote areas. Always carry a compass or
leave colored strings as markers so you can find your way back.
Never stay to close to dark as your odds of getting lost greatly
increase when the Sun sets. Good luck and try not to drink too
much of that great single malt before you arrive at your
Written by Dan Fallon © 2016
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