Summer time delivers some of the most exciting angling of the year for fly a fisherman. It brings back memories for me of trail blazing mountain streams in Pennsylvania, creeping behind rocks and trees flipping beetles and stimmy’s into likely holding water for native brook and wild brown trout.
Hot weather issues an invasion of terrestrials and opportunistic trout are always more than willing to play. Slapping big hoppers tight against the bank in a western meadow for even larger trout or blazing blue lines on a gazetteer in a lush green forest in the East for small wily trout is the name of the game here. Our lineup of terrestrial patterns will ensure your success for this year’s adventures.
The guys at Fly Fish Food offer us this great pattern that does double duty for stones and hopper, hence the name… Stoneflopper. This is an awesome pattern for searching out large fish tight against the bank. Thick closed cell foam keeps this pattern high and dry floating all day long.
Another staple that you’ll be needing is the ever faithful ant. I’ve caught trout in the dead of winter swinging ants under cut out banks, ants should always be in your box 24/7 365. Luckily for you have just the ticket, the Drop Arse Ant. The low profile on this pattern keeps the fly riding low in the film like a struggling natural and CDC to keep your eyes on the prize.
And rounding out the trifecta is of course the trusty beetle. A personal favorite of mine, beetles entice some of the most explosive strikes when drifted under overhanging trees and bank vegetation. Ethafoam keeps this floating all day and a hi-viz quick sighter makes it easy to pick up under shade and when dusk rolls around.
Low profile and accurate casts into tight quarter’s keeps things lively in the heat of the day when terrestrial fishing. You’ll often be accompanied with splashy rises and cooperative fish. Don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of summer time fishing as well, flora and fauna are also part of the game and the summer brings out the best our sport has to offer.