Weekend Warrior: Get In Early

It might not feel like it with these mild temps, but we’re in the dog days of summer right now, and the fish are happy to have lots of feeding options on the table when they feel like it. Which means they are going to be up and at ’em early, and so should you. Though there aren’t any “major” hatches dominating the discussion at the fly shops these days, we’re in that time when all options work some of the time. Traditional good stuff like Royal Wulffs, Elk Hair Caddis, Humpies, Bugmeisters, Adams and your favorite dry fly will get fish. And when you can throw the dry all by itself and make them move, why wouldn’t you?

A good time to run a raft on the Blackfoot, and find fish willing to get up early and eat the dry.
What is on the horizon for hatches is the spruce moth on the Blackfoot, and the nocturnal stone on all of our rivers. Not a very popular hatch, and not one most people really get excited about but it is most likely the reason your chubby is getting smashed in the mornings these days. When you hit the river and see those fresh shucks of the nocturnal stoneflies on the rocks, keep giving them what they want. Early, and late is the ticket in July, though the cooler weather is keeping fishing fairly steady throughout the day. Where should you go? Anywhere and everywhere. What should you throw? Your favorite dry fly, nymph, or streamer. July is for fishing your way, but my way is with dries. You should try it sometime.

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