Monday, June 30, 2014

get after it early

Hi folks, Floated in canoe yesterday morning with guest fly fishing for smallmouth bass.  Surface temperature was 70 degrees at 5:30am and the water's surface was dead calm.  I like the early morning fishing when the weather is hot and humid.  Big bright sun as well makes mid day fishing tough.  We fished surface flies with using a #6 frog popper and a #4 chartreuse foam slider.  Pretty tough morning of surface fishing with only 3 smallmouth coming to the fly and 1 fish being landed.  We noticed a bit of feeding in deeper water by smallmouth on the surface as they were slowly rising and slurping something in.  Could of been #6 Hexagenia spinners they were eating as the rise forms almost looked like trout until you took a closer look and realized it was smallmouth.  This activity took place for an hour early on then shut down as the sun got up over head.  All 3 fish that took the fly was hooked in deeper water off drop offs where there were weed beds and rocks.  Chasing trout early this morning.  Keep your thermometer handy as the water has warmed up significantly.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy