It’s no secret that we are dealing with the dog days of summer. Most days seem to creep up the mid to upper 90’s in temps and many days have a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. For most any fishing you want to do this time of year, going early in morning or late in the evening usually gives you a good chance to catch just about any fish you are after. Fishing in hottest part of the middle of the day can be a bit more of a challenge. I tend to do less trout fishing this time of year, but if I do trout fish it is usually in some higher elevation trout water that holds smaller wild fish. These areas tend to be cooler than anything else around here temperature wise, and the little wild fish will take dry flies pretty eagerly all summer. My daughter Sage and I did take a hike into such water a few weeks ago and had a fun time chasing the little wild trout around. Yellow bodied dry flies were the ticket.
Most of my fishing lately has been out on the lakes, chasing bass around when they are active, fishing for the panfish when all else seems quiet, and scouting out the carp. Bass fishing can still be good on most days during the hot summer, although you will certainly encounter periods where it can be slow going. Early morning and late evening tend to be best for top-water action, but keying around shady cover can produce fish most anytime with sinking presentations. River fishing for bass can be good all summer, and certainly smallmouth bass get put in the mix as well. I have caught some smallmouth this summer, although they were more of an opportunistic catch since I was not specifically targeting them.
Carp fishing on the fly is one of my newest endeavors, so much of it has been scouting out water that the carp are found in and then some trial and error on fly patterns and techniques. I hope to start offering guided trip services for fly fishing for carp, but I have more work to be done before I officially start doing that. I have found some locations that the carp tend to hang out in, now it is a matter of figuring out how to catch them somewhat consistently. For sure they are very smart, spooky, and finicky fish. They require pretty accurate presentations that land softly and longer casts might be necessary to not spook them. I have had most of my success early on with a black rubber legged girdle bug pattern, although I have plenty of more fly experimenting to do.
Lastly, the panfish can still be caught just about anytime are wanting to getting a fish on the end of your fly line. We caught numerous this week, and even found some fish back on beds as the full moon hit. Shady banks tend to produce better for the popping bug dropper combination, but throwing a sinking beadhead wooly bugger has produced fish just about anywhere.