Occasionally, we like to fish in good weather. You know, shorts, bare feet on the casting deck, sunglasses for more than protecting against bad cast. It’s starting to look like summer out there on the water. I see a lot of people saying, “Now that the suns out, the best of the fishing is behind us.” This my friends, is simply not the case. There is however different techniques in the summer to make sure that the bright days are not spent fishless. Sea Run Cutthroat are predators, here are some tips to make sure your fly remains prey on the brighter days of summer.
If you want to fish a floating line in the summer, you will have to wake up early. You can fish with a floating line and still get some fish in the mid day sun… You just won’t catch as many fish. It’s that simple. The shallow water is going to warm with the high sun and push the fish off into deeper water. Nighttime allows the shorelines to cool off and the bait and Cutthroat to move back into the shallows. Fish the low light and get your shallow water fishing fix in before the suns super high and beating down on the flats. There are plenty of opportunity to get the floating lines out and stock the shallows in the summer if you wake up on time. Check your tide charts and find a good tide early in the morning.
Fish The Riffle Water
Don’t get it twisted though, that high sun does not turn the fishing into a tanning session. Find that main tidal current. Those riffles through the structure are like a sun umbrella on your patio table. Sea Run Cutthroat like to use that riffle to break up the sun while they are hunting. Breaking up the light helps hide the fish from predators like birds while they are behaving the predators and munching the last of the chum fry or small herring.
There are lots of little tricks to getting your fishing in when the sun is high. However, when the sun is high and consistent, none is more obvious than you need to get deeper. Finding the shorelines with access to deep water is a huge key to our success. Casting into 3′ of water when the fish are holding at 13′ feet is not going to result in much success. We like to make a handful of passes through these spots. We will start by fishing that 10′-20′ deep range with type 3 sinking lines and fishing our flies down deeper and slower. Then fish that same stretch from 5-15′ a little faster. Finally, fish that 3′-10′ section even quicker. This assures us that our flies have fished through all of the best structure and allows us to feel confident that we did not miss any of our fish.
There are a lot of problems to solve in a days fishing. That is what separates a successful day on the water from a fishless and frustrating one. I hope this helps you solve a few of those problems on the bright days of summer.