Byron from Little River Outfitters and I have been trying to get out and fish for a while, but during the fishing season it’s tough. Well it all fell in place this week and to the river we went for some popper action. The weather was nice and the fish were biting. When the sun was high though, the fish were pretty finicky and patience was a must. Here is Byron fighting a smallie that sipped a popping bug.
With hot days and cloudless skies, smallmouth can sit under a fly for a long time before they eat it, so stayed focused and wait. That was the case for most of the fish we caught today. Of course when you get used to that pattern, that’s when they blow up on it and surprise you. You’re never going to catch every fish that hits your fly, we didn’t today, but that’s part of the fun. In fact we lost some really nice fish today, but that’s fishing. Byron had to keep reminding me of that, because I’m a pollock and can’t except it.
Our cicada that we have been tying produced a lot of fish, which was nice to see. I have a few more small changes to make on it, but I think we’ve got something. I think I made Byron a believer in it. We had a lot of fun and it was nice to fish with a good friend. Remember to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen out there in the heat.
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August can be one of the most frustrating months to fish due to the hot days (Dog Days) and warm water. Usually fish tend to be slow and unaggressive, that’s why we focus a lot of time on smallmouth. Poppers and sliders usually work really well, but tend to be over worked this time of year. I have talked to several people lately that couldn’t believe that a dead drifted popper actually works. So I threw them another curveball and said try terrestrials. Hoppers have always been a good (Dog Day) fly and they are easy to see and tie.
For the past month or so I have been working on a cicada pattern that was easy to tie and looked spot on. It took several tries to work out the kinks, but I finally figured it out and got it perfect. I have been trying it lately with clients and just messing around the local streams. This has been a good fly to throw when they are sluggish, because you can’t pop it, so it makes you slow down. Our clients seem to like it because it’s easy to throw and easy to pick up off the water.
A good friend of mine, Dick, enlightened me a while back about using them more. He fishes the New, James and Shenandoah Rivers in Virginia and says they fish them a lot up there. You have to think if you hear them in the trees, they have to hit the water at some point. Try not to get caught in a rut when it comes to your fly selection. All of our fish around here are pretty opportunistic when it comes to dinner time anyway. Plus I have caught fish on some pretty crazy looking flies. Either way, hang in there and don’t get frustrated. It helps to fish early and late too, so give that a shot.
If anybody would like to tries some of these flies, give us a call and we will set you up with some. I would love for more folks to realize how much fun these fish are to catch and when the trout slow down the smallmouth fishing picks up. Spread the word and make smallmouth fishing more popular. Have an awesome day and may the Lord bless you.
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