It is now June 26th and I’m posting my first fishing report of the season. How neglectful and regretful. I apologize profusely and promise to maintain a steady update from here on out. But in my defense, I haven’t had much time up until now to do anything.
Winter hung on for so long that it put me out 2 weeks on the obligations involved with the care taker side of my business. I still had snow in the shaded area of camps on May 1st weekend. Under normal circumstances most of my spring clean up’s and camp openings would have almost been completed by then. This year found me opening up and finishing up cleanups Friday before Memorial Day. Just this past week I finished my last camp for the season. I can’t imagine where I’d be if we had a wet spring.
Speaking of rain, where is it? We’re in the preliminary stages of a drought. Most of the rivers, creeks and streams are at August and September levels. Lawns are burning up and the woods are extremely dry. Yes, it has been cool in the evenings and early am but that doesn’t help, all it does is dry things out faster.
As for the fishing, I’d have to say it’s been good so far. We’ve had some exceptional days fishing blueline brookies and pond fishing for landlock salmon. On the rivers, the hatches have been intense with almost too many bugs. Unfortunately for me the Hexagenia Hatch has been a disapointment. The days and nights we’ve gone, the hatch has been slight and spotty or the wind made it impossible to fish.
The forecast for this upcoming weekend through July 4th looks very hot, possibly hitting triple digits. More than likely I’ll lay off the trout and focus on both species of bass with a fly rod and poppers. This type of weather makes for exceptional popper fishing throughout the late evening into early morning hours.
If you decide to trout fish please consider fishing a lake, pond or dam released rivers. Although trout are active, fighting a trout creates a lactic acid build up in their system which only cold water can correct. If water temps are too high, lactic acid does not displace and the fish with die after it is released. You’d be better off keeping everything you catch in this situation as opposed to releasing them. Right now you’re best bet is be armed with emergering caddis imitations, Elk hair caddis in brown, Royal Coachman Wulff, Adams or Brown Wulff patterns for rivers, streams or brooks. On the lakes and ponds, Baetis nymphs and dries if it’s cloudy, Dark Hendrickson’s, Grey Fox, Cahills, Adams, Buzzers, Hexagenia Nymphs, Hexagenia Dries, Brown Wulff’s, Grey Wulff’s and Drake patterns.
That’s it for now. I promise to keep updating and please feel free to contact me if you have any additonal questions.