Feeder Stream Bluegills

Feeder Stream Bluegills

Cooler weather prompted a wet-wading trip to a favorite stretch of stream that flows into an 8,000-acre reservoir tonight. Big bluegills from the lake are frequently located in the slack pools. A 3-weight and size-10 dark-colored Bully Spiders brought 16 bluegills of 7 to 8 inches to hand before surface swirls prompted a switch to poppers and Sponge Spiders. Twenty more deep-bodied bluegills were netted and released before the call of a Barred Owl signaled the approaching darkness.

Stream Largemouths

Stream Largemouths

Don’t forget slower-moving streams holding largemouth bass in mid-summer. The fish will locate in deep pools where the water is cooler. It’s a bank-casting situation due to muddy stream bottoms, but the fishing is well worth it. After some time with “casting practice” using a variety of streamers and woolly buggers in a shady pool, a little banded water snake was violently ripped from the surface. Without a fly to replicate the appearance and action of a snake in his vest, Terry tied on a popper in hopes of creating an audible target for the bass. The last 30 minutes of daylight brought the capture of 7  largemouths that were quickly released. A good July evening’s fishing for a happy fly fisher.

When Heat Gets Tough, the Tough Tie On Frogs

When Heat Gets Tough, the Tough Tie On Frogs

Terry’s late-evening (after 6:30 pm) float trip to a local pond found a ravenous largemouth bass population. A 6-wt. rod and size-2 yellow diving frogs that are easier to see in the shaded weed pockets proved to be the magic potion to bring 17 largemouths to hand. Three were measured at 17 inches and another 3 were 15 inches. The vicious hits and heart-stopping leaps are great memories that far outweigh the oppressive heat.

Rx For July Heat

Rx For July Heat

Take one 3-wt. with sponge spiders wet-wading in a spring-fed stream. Ahhh. Expect relief in an hour or two before sunset.

Terry’s evening trip to a canopied stretch of a nearby stream fostered some surprises. He expected to catch some mean green sunfish and some eager longear sunfish, but 7- to 8-inch bluegills that had migrated upstream from the reservoir were lying in wait instead. Then casts to exposed branches of a submerged limb reaped an explosive strike. the hook set sent a 15-inch largemouth cartwheeling across the surface. He enjoyed three more thrashing bass before dark. Go fishing!