Summer trout fishing works for me

June 05, 2005|by BILL ANDERSON

Most of the serious trout fishing takes place in the springtime. The stocking activity is at its highest, and the trout streams and lakes are often in fishable condition before the bigger rivers and streams clear and the water temperatures rise to prime levels.

By the time June arrives, many of the early spring trout fishermen have moved on to other species. The trout are still there, but there are some special tactics that are needed to catch them.

One of the big factors for trout fishing during the summer months is water temperature. Many streams that are stocked in the early spring become too warm for trout during the summer months. Other streams are too warm in some sections but great in other sections that stay cooler because of underground springs. Obviously, the trout will concentrate in the cooler sections of the stream.

Spin fishermen use many approaches for summer trout. Good catches are made with any number of live baits such as minnows and worms. For big "holdover" trout, live bait is probably the best approach. Drift a lively creek chub down into a deep hole and you may be surprised with the biggest trout of your fishing career.


Many fly fishermen do very well in the summer using terrestrial fly patterns. These types of flies are designed to imitate land insects, such as ants or beetles. Terrestrial flies are popular throughout the summer and early fall, and they work particularly well in the early summer when the insect populations are at their highest.

Terrestrial patterns can be created to imitate just about any insects. Ants are usually a very productive pattern in our area, but beetles, crickets and grasshoppers are also good choices.

Many of the best trout streams run through wooded areas, so ants are usually great flies to start out with. Apparently, ants fall into streams on a regular basis because trout seem to really like them. Some of the ants are very small, and you may have to go as small as a size No. 18 or No. 20 to take fish. It makes for difficult fishing, but it works.

Beetle patterns are also good. The classic patterns were created from deer hair, but lately foam seems to be the material of choice for most patterns. Beetle patterns also seem to work best in wooded areas. When fishing meadow streams, a cricket or grasshopper pattern is a good choice.

There is one other bonus about trout fishing in the summertime. The same streams that had anglers lined up shoulder to shoulder a few weeks earlier will often be deserted in the summer. Works for me.

Bill Anderson writes a weekly outdoors column for The Herald-Mail.

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