This time of the year can be a little slow fly fishing for brook trout and salmon. These fish need cool, oxygenated water with water temps no higher than 70ºF. Fish should be released quickly. Getting that perfect picture isn't as fun when the fish ends up perishing.
When fishing for salmonids this time of the year, think small and deep. Streamers may work early in the morning, but after 8 a.m. you'll mostly want to be fishing SMALL nymphs. Dry fly action usually heats up after 5 p.m. However, using nymphs during a hatch can often land more fish in the net. Landing only 4 or 5 fish during a full day of fishing doesn't seem like much, but in these hot temperatures landing a few quality fish can be a very rewarding feeling. We're looking forward to some cooler nights in August and hopefully a little rain to get rivers up to a comfortable level!
Our focus is still big on smallmouth bass and pike. Just like trout, think deep and vary your strips. The more water you can cover the better.
Vince had a great day on the water recently with a couple of clients learning how to fly fish. If you're just beginning to fly fish, these species can provide you some exciting action!
Aaron Broaddus is a Registered Maine Fishing Guide with Headin' North Guide Service. Aaron specializes in fly fishing in the Western and Southern sections of Maine.