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Archive #9: July, 2003.
"Summer time, and the fishing is easy. Fish
are jumping, and the cotton is ..." well we all know how that
Take a bottle of water with you and sip it as you fish. It's all
to easy to get dehydrated when fishing. Plus, when you are thirsty,
you fail to focus on catching fish.
Buy it and use it. This is a bit of a no brainer, but every summer
I see 'lobster men' fishing for trout and smallmouth on many of
southern Ontario's rivers. Remember that some sunblock products
need to be on your skin for a good 20 minutes before they become
Take a quick look at the Archive #8 for
a full list of patterns. The trick is to go with smaller flies as
the water should be low and clear. Caddis nymphs and caddis dries
are always a good bet even in the hottest days of the summer. Remember,
when it's all said and done, it is tough to beat a March Brown or
a Hare's Ear Nymph. Try to stay away from beadhead nymphs in the
summer. You don't need them in low water, and the glint from the
bead will often spook fish.
DEET is the active ingredient in many repellents. Unfortunately
DEET will melt a fly line and render it useless. If you are going
to use a product which is high in DEET, you should get all your
gear assembled, before you apply the DEET to your skink. If you
don't want to use DEET based products try the following tips.:
1. Avoid wearing aftershave and
perfume or using soaps with scent in them.
2. Wear long sleeve shirts and
make sure they are loose fitting.
3. Try wearing a mosquito net over
your hat. They might look funny, but they do a heck of a job in
keeping away the bugs. Bug jackets are a great investment.
4. When you are wet wading, wear
long pants. Mosquitoes, horse flies, deer flies and black flies
love to bite the sections of your legs which are not covered up
by the water if you are wearing shorts.
5. Take a long sleeve shirt and
spray it with insect repellent before you head out. Put it in a
plastic bag and tie it closed. The repellent will permeate the fabric
and you don't have to spray as much of the product onto the shirt
to keep the bugs away. When you get to the river, simply remove
the shirt from the bag and slip it on. It is a great way of keeping
the repellent away from your gear. I also do this with my baseball
6. Biting insects are most active
about two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset. If you
don't fish during these time slots, you can help prevent get chewed
Fishy Fly Refusals.
In the summer, fish are more likely to refuse your fly. If they
do, these three simple things should help you hook up.
1. The fly is too big. You have
the right pattern, but drop it down a size.
2. The fish saw the leader. Reduce
the diameter of the leader and you can get them to strike.
3. Take another look at #1.
An Overlooked Pattern.
One pattern which is often overlooked by Ontario fly fishermen is
the cranefly adult. These are not complicated to tie, and there
are oodles of dressings for them in books and on the Internet. Try
using them for trout, smallmouth bass, carp and pickerel.
Summer = Static.
In the summer, many anglers will have the right fly, but they are
fishing it far too fast. Slow down your retrieve and watch what
happens. If you must fish a dry fly, try fishing them static. Static
patterns will tend to produce more fish than those being ripped
across the surface at breakneck speed. The same holds true when
Summer = Small.
In the summer, smaller flies will fool fish much faster than larger
flies. That's all I am going to say.