My apologies for the lack of pics on this report. I accidentally deleted pics before I uploaded them to the computer.
We just had another record breaking day of heat yesterday with highs reaching well into the mid 90's. My hope is that we have turned the corner and will at least get back to normal August weather. As we move deeper into August the nights lengthen and we start to get cool nights, something that we have not had much of. Cool nights really help our water temps. We have had a bit more precipitation lately but in this immediate area we still have not gotten a whole lot. Other areas have received much more rain then right around here. The rivers have come up a couple times, though not very much and dropped right back down. The next week looks wet, which is great. The temps in most rivers are still too high for trout but there are options on the upper reaches of a lot of streams. We could see the more options open up with the rains and cooler weather soon, which would be great.
I have been doing some trips on the lower big rivers and they are low making for easy wading. We are getting a lot of big fall fish and bass mixed in. These trips really keep the rod bent and are great for kids and adults learning to fly fish. We are using both trout tactics and bass tactics, from floating big dries, to nymphing under an indicator, to pulling streamers and poppers.
I've got a trout trip this afternoon and will be focused on dry fly fishing most likely, but we will see what happens. Ill be wearing camo to blend in and I've instructed my client to do the same. We will be fishing upstream and will move slow and stealthy to keep the trout from spooking.
Lastly, please be considerate of trout in any thermal refuge areas. Its really best to lay off these trout until the water cools. They are really just trying to survive and as they are forced to stay congregated in a small area for longer and longer times the amount of available food is small when there are a lot of hungry trout in one spot. I just called the fish and wildlife a few weeks ago after hearing reports that people were roping in fish after fish, most of them trophies, in a well known thermal refuge. I urged the state to take action to protect these fish as it doesn't take long to reduce the resource, especially if people are taking out the large breeder wild trout. I didn't get too far with the state as they said they couldn't actually close the stretch of river, but were going to send biologists and game wardens down. I really can't understand how closing 100 yards of a river could not be done. They do it in other states. Our wild trout are always on the verge of life and death between tough winters, hot dry summers, predators, and water quality issues, they really should be protected when they are at their most vulnerable.
I am counting down the days until we get to september, but we will make the most of August in the mean time. If we get a cool down, which happens a lot in August, we could have some good trout fishing in small windows.
Ben Wilcox Owner/Guide Maple Country Anglers