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My Float Tube Go List June 21, 2018 Here we are, the first day of summer. It seems only appropriate to run a post about float tube...

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Float Tube GO List



My Float Tube Go List

June 21, 2018

Here we are, the first day of summer. It seems only appropriate to run a post about float tubes on this auspicious day. 
I really love them during the hot time of year. 
I like other forms of being afloat, too, so don't think I'm discriminating, here.

But float tubes are special. They suit my style.

Whats up With Float Tubes?
The main reason they are ideal for summer is that your lower legs stay in the water, and are cooled by the water itself. 

In my case, the underside of my thighs, and my butt, both get water sloshed, too... one of the benefits of being fat, I suppose, is you sit lower in the water.

A skinny guy might not get a wet ass like I do.
His loss for missing out on all those tacos.

Anyway, scuba fins are the source of propulsion in a float tube - and once you start paddling with them, cooled blood from your legs is pumped all around your body. 
Only swimming in the water with a fishing pole would be better.
That would also be more exercise than paddling a tube - but not by much.

Net effect? Lowered body temperature. 
Just the ticket for the heat of summer.

Then, there's the warm and fuzzy feeling of closeness with the water, a sort of connected-ness you'll get with no other fishing style except spearfishing.
It's a neat feeling to stand in the shallows, push back into the seat, and kick away from shore. You instantly become part of the water.
You squirm around a little, adjust your position, and get the seat back set just right. 
Voila! You're a human bobber, after fish! 
Kinda hard to describe; try it, though, and you'll get it...

The List
Recently, someone asked just what I take in my float tube when I go out in it. There I am in my inflatable easy chair, waving as I pass. But what's in there with me?

This prompted me to do a "List Post," where I describe what I actually bring along.

Everyone likes lists, after all, or so the saying goes. There's just something magical about having everything all sorted and itemized, a stub of pencil in hand with which to make check marks...it's all so satisfying. 

Of course, there's no guarantee that's how it will work out. Some of us can have a list and still end up leaving something behind. But you probably stand the best chance of having what you need if you make a list and follow the darned thing.

Which is where it kinda fell apart for me. 

There I am, planning to go on another fishing trip. I know I should load up the night before. I know it.
But I procrastinate, the family comes over for dinner, I have a few glasses of wine and ... well, I find myself scrambling at 6AM, hoping I didn't forget anything. 

Which is when I began asking:

"If I had a checklist to follow, that would be great. But what should be on it?"

To answer that, I just inventoried what I was toting around at the end of several tubing sessions. My thinking was that after 3 or 4 outings, I'd have a pretty good idea of whats important to me. Not really rocket science, but I needed a plan and that was as good as any. 

With everything compiled and examined, I next grouped the stuff into "At The Ready Items," Group 1-3, and the "Variables," Group 4.

So here we go... my Float Tubing Go List.

The Float Tubing Go List 

Group 1 - 3: At The Ready Items

Group 1
Float tube
Tube patches 
Spare valves
Whistle
Signal Mirror
All are stowed in the pocket of the float tube

Group 2
Fins, open heel
Scuba boots
Air pump - I have a 12vdc pump, but I use a hand operated, dual action pump most of the time. During the season, my tube stays partially inflated- it only takes a few seconds to re-inflate it fully.   
Hat/headwear
Crushable Shoes - for walking when ashore
Spare sunglasses
Suncreen lotion
All group 2 items are stowed in a rolling carry bag.

Group 3
Neck lanyard - tippet spools, nippers, forceps

Vest -
1 multi tool 
1 scissors tool 
tungsten putty, mini shot 
Assorted leaders 
Fly/lure holder
Hook sharpener
Fish scale
Car keys 
Vivarin and Tylenol - A little pick me up comes in handy 
Sunglasses 
Toilet paper
Camera, in waterproof bag
Cell phone, in waterproof bag

I wear these two, the lanyard and vest, whenever I go. They are on a hook together and I just grab them on the way out.  

Group 4: The Variables

Water 
Snacks

** Rod - fly, spinning, or telescoping fixed pole
** Reel - to match above
** Line - spare line, depending on the outfit 
** leaders/tippet - most of the time, my usual fly tippet selection doubles as leader. But I carry a spool of slightly heavier 10-12 lb leader for spin fishing. 
** flies, lures, bait, tackle - this can be almost anything, and is dependent mostly on the season.

The rods are strapped to Velcro holders. All the lures, tackle, snacks, water, and other items are stowed in the pockets of the tube. 
If it won't fit so I can zip it closed, it doesn't come along. 

The tube is itself is carried on my back with shoulder straps, like a back pack. Getting to the water is a pain in the soon-to-be-wet butt if everything isn't neatly and securely stowed on the tube.

When I walk to the water, I only have my fins in my hand. 

I don't use a fish finder on my tube, either, and I only take two rods. I think of this as minimalist fishing, relying on my wits for success. With me, relying on wits is always a dicey proposition, but I like to keep things simple. 

Could I add more gear? Sure; some guys outfit their tubes with more gear than a BASSmasters tourney boat.

But that 'aint my style.

Thanks and Tight Lines,


David


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fathers Day Dud

Father's Day: The Day That Was A Dud

David Hutton
June 17, 2018

Conditions
Sky - clear, 50% Rh
Wind - 2-5 mph SSW
Barometer - high, 30.3 in.
Water Temp - 84°
Air temp - 94°
Water Clarity - stained/murky, visibility 2-3 ft 

It is Fathers Day. A day when we remember all the dads, living and passed. I am a dad, and I have my dad's and their memories, so it was a good day to call, "special"... and go fishing.

I have to admit that for all the sweetness of the day, the actual fishing was a dud. No angler wants to admit that he didn't break records, or catch his limit on every cast, but there it is: fishing was pretty much a dud.

Shallow Water
I did get bites and nibbles in the near-shore fringe. Nymphs were mainly the attraction, but honestly, it was precious little. 

I'm still impressed with the Fledermouse fly, though. The fish mobbed the thing whenever it landed nearby. But they were small fish, swatting at it. 
I'll have a half-dozen of them when the cooler season returns, count on that.

Deeper Water
Eventually I moved out from the shore and got a few fish. 
The shore here drops pretty fast to the basin depth of 20-25 feet, so the depth breaks are the better places to look for fish now that the seasonal heat is on. The water is cooler, gloomier, and more oxygenated down there. Reaching to that level calls for sinking flies, sinking lines and whatever else it takes to get to the fish.

I dissected each swoop, curve, and small point in the shoreline to mentally create, "feeding flats," places where, cooler, deeper water might intersect a quick rise to the cover and structure of the shore.
The theory is, the fish will hold at this depth break, and make occasional forays into the shallows.
It is this holding zone that I'm interested in. 


I also pick apart any structure or cover that EXTENDS out into this depth break zone, like docks, or downed trees.
The expectation is that fish will hold in and around these cover sites where they meet the cooler, deeper water.

So that's the theory and it sounds pretty good, right? 
All nice and methodical, and all that jazz. But it didn't do much today
I beat the skunk with a 6" bluegill, an 8" yellow perch and a couple fish that released early.



Six Inches of  Handsome

The Dragonfly Nymph
One of the aquatic world's most interesting and ubiquitous critters is the dragonfly. There are over 3,000 dragonfly species worldwide, and some 450 call North America home.
They range from teensy things no bigger than a dime, to the big whoppers you see powering around a pond.


But only a relatively few people know they start out and live the largest part of their life in the water as an aquatic nymph. After a few seasons, when they are ready, they leave the water and climb onto a stem, rock, or piece of wood. There, they break out of their nymphal shuck, spread their wings - and become one of the most recognizable creatures of the warm season.

I found one of these nymphal shucks clinging to the side of a dock today. The former resident was long gone, of course; only the dry husk remained. But what I want to impress on you is the SIZE of the thing - a full 2" long.




And this is not the biggest one I've seen... I've found bigger. So as pal Jonathan Kiley of flyskinz.com says: "Don't be afraid to tie some big dragonfly nymphs, people."

Thanks and Tight Lines,
David

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Jeremy Fly

The JEREMY FLY

David Hutton
June 16, 2018

"Happy Birthday, Poppa!"


Being told happy birthday is music to most people's ears, and I'm no exception. But, when its coming from my 6 year old grandson, well, its doubly sweet.

My 61st birthday recently passed, and I wrote a blog piece about my fishing adventures that day. You can search it here if you want (I'm told its a pretty good read).

But it was a solo birthday outing, it was mid-week, and there wasn't much of a celebration to accompany the event.
So, my grandson, Jeremy didn't really take note of my special days' passing. 


A few days later, my wife, Lori, said,
"Look here - this is a feather Jeremy found." 
She handed me a small, zip-loc baggie. 
In it was a single, red-dyed guinea feather.
"He wanted you to have it," she said, "... he figured you could use it, I guess." 

"Okay, cool. Wasn't that nice of him."

Jeremy has grown up around me, and my fly fishing pastime; I took it up when he was just a baby. 
At this point, I don't have any illusions of leaving him some grand, fly fishing legacy,... and he hasn't really expressed an interest.
Frankly, I think he sees it as something I do, but kinda boring. 

Nevertheless, he has watched me tying flies since he could walk. 
And, while he shows no desire to learn the arcane and mysterious ways of vise and thread, well, he knows exactly what I do with hooks and feathers. 

"Well, hmmmm, what am I gonna DO with a single feather... guess I'll add it to the collection."

Like all fly tyers, I have gathered many assorted feathers that just kinda hang around, without any real purpose. 
I figured it could go in there.

A couple more days passed, when Jeremy came to me and said, "Poppa, I'm sorry I missed your birthday - I didn't know it. But did you get the feather I got for you? 
I wanted you to have that for your birthday."

Hold on, people. Did you hear that?
He wanted me to have it for my birthday.
That aint just music to the ears - that's a whole symphony! 

After giving him a big hug, I said,
"Well, Thank you, buddy! I'll see what I can do with that feather.... 
Hey, what do you say I tie up a very special fly with it? 
What do you think of that?" 
I wanted to acknowledge his generosity for the gift, and make a big deal of it.

"Sure, that would be good."

"Okay, then. What should we call it, I wonder? 
How about the 'JEREMY FLY?' or the 'BUBBA BUG?'"

His family nickname is "Bubba," and his little sister, Hannah, who is now 2, is," Sissy." 
Bubba was an option.    

"Not Bubba - I like, Jeremy Fly!" 
It seems it's better to have a fly named after you, and not your nickname.

"Then that's what it will be - The Jeremy Fly. 
I'll get right on it and see what I come up with."

Decisions, Decisions
I wanted a fly that was fairly big and gaudy, something that might impress a 6 year old. As it was just one feather he gave me, I figured I'd have to add something to it. 
And I wanted it to be simple, but at least look like some kinda critter.
What else but a Woolly Bugger variation?!

In this case, I kept it even simpler. What I selected was similar to the old "Baby Doll Fly." 
Basically, I was gonna tie a Woolly Bugger, with no hackle, no extra weight, and one that would give a near surface presentation.




The General Idea - The Baby Doll Fly 

Construction
This is where it gets a little "X-Files," kinda weird.
Stay with me...

I was doing the annual fire alarm inspection at an elementary school the other day (my day job), and I found a length of white, wire-cored chenille inside one of the pull stations. 

You can buy these twisted wire chenille pieces as, "Fuzzy Sticks" at any craft store. They're as common around an elementary school as juice boxes, as they're normally used for children's craft projects.
But they work alright for flies when wrapped on larger hooks. 
I have no idea how it got IN the pull station, as they're locked, but, hey, it was kind of a cosmic moment, an omen, if you will. 
It seemed appropriate enough, anyway.

- What I did was add a white tail to a hook, from a marabou blood quill.
- Then I wound on a length of the Fuzzy Stick to form a body. 
I added no wire ribbing, or other reinforcement, as the chenille sticks have that twisted wire core holding everything together.
- Finally I added a hackle collar from Jeremy's red guinea feather. 

The end result looks like this:



The Jeremy Fly

MATERIALS
Hook - # 4 2-3xl (Aberdeen)
Thread - Black  
Tail - White marabou
Body - White chenille "Fuzzy Stick"
Hackle - Red-dyed guinea feather

What Is It?
When I showed the fly to Jeremy, he was somewhat moved, but nonchalant like only a 6 year old can be. Kids this age aren't all that critical, and the "What is it? question never materialized. 

But I had prepared an answer, and I'm not gonna waste it, so here you go:

The answer to, "What Is It?" isn't really easy - and it isn't really hard. 
I can't tell you exactly what it looks like... because it doesn't look like anything, exactly. 
But it has all the elements of classic designs that suggest it will have the desired effect.
Mostly it will look like some kind of small fish, to a bigger hungry fish.

Fishing
I expect the Jeremy Fly will have little trouble getting through the surface film, with the hook's own weight and the chenille's wire core. I picture it as a near surface fly, something described this way by Bob Clouser:


"Near Surface Flies
Another class of 'top water fly' is what I call the 'near-surface' fly. 
These run from right at the surface to a foot or two down. 
This is the suspending fly, the one that doesn't sink fast.
It kinda hovers on the drop, instead. 
You can do as well with these, and maybe better, than with top water flies. 
A favorite of mine has a three layer head of red - white - red hackle in front, with a white Deceiver-style back end."

Can we say it was influenced by the words of Bob Clouser? Not initially, no. I didn't make the connection until just now. But I'll go with that... r
emember you heard it here, first.

I'll cast it around structure and cover, and fish it from the surface down to about 4 feet on a floating line. While its more of a giant sized wet fly, I'm calling it a streamer at this point. This is because, 

a. That's pretty much what it is, and,
b. And well, I can

I'm gonna roll with that, anyway.

I hope to try it sooner than later, and I hope it catches something. That would be a fitting tribute to a grandsons gift of a feather.

Don't you agree?

Thanks for reading and Tight Lines,
David

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Sunday, June 10, 2018


Larry Koon Landing - A Foto Montage
June 10, 2018

I was so happy with the clear water of my last trip that I wanted to keep the ball rolling. I chose a public boat landing, one I've been to many times before. 

The first time I visited Larry Koon Landing it was to do some water metal detecting. That went pretty bad, as the substrate here is hard rock. This means there's no way to scoop up any treasure, even if you did find it.

And we didn't.

In more recent times, Larry Koon landing has been the launch site for a number of fishing junkets around Lake Murray's mid-lake area, and especially the islands which are just a mile or two out from the ramps.

I knew the place.
I examined my hydrographic maps.
I scouted with Google Earth satellite.
I was ready to get out there.

The flies I was taking out. Usually I have 4-5 small boxes of flies; this time I brought just a sampling.


Weeds everywhere. This stuff blanketed the area around the ramp and you really had to work around it - and be patient with all the hanging up.


More weeds, more weeds, more weeds.


The skunk buster - first fish. Small red breast.
Caught on a Pheasant Hornberg Soft Hackle (seen beneath the anal fin.)


Red Breast on a James Woods Bucktail

Among the weeds near shore, I had noticed several bedding areas. They were obvious - their round, light colored shapes stood out from the darker bottom. They had a fish or two hanging around, but they seemed to be attracted more by the oddity of the beds. There were no obvious fish guarding nests; the ones I saw were not clean, but had collected the usual detritus in them.

Then I happened upon a large bush overhanging the back of a tiny cove. I cast back towards the tree, and my fly was immediately slammed by a large bluegill. This fish wasn't playing; he snatched the #10 Muddler HARD. 
I was about ready to put him on the reel... And that's how the next 8 fish went.
Cast out towards the spot, and either they would tear the fly right off the surface or it would move a few feet and get nailed.   






Once the bite slowed I finned over to the spot and saw 10 or so active nests, and several others that were obviously abandoned. Its about a month passed the peak breeding period, but bluegill will nest several times throughout the season.... so I eased off and left them to it.




Ramp #3


Ramps 1& 2


Loan-A-PFD


Welcome - but you cant stay



Saturday, June 9, 2018


New Water - Hot Weather Fishing Strategies
article and images by Bill Byrd
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It is hot! Really hot -- 100°F in the sun. And, you'll find me on the water taking on the heat for two reasons:
  • Fish are in the water.
  • They are ready to feed.
If you can gear up to take the heat, and use a rational approach to fly fishing, you too can find some strapping gills and active bass even in HOT weather.

Strategy
What is your hot weather strategy for fly fishing? Do you have one?

Some anglers just switch to trout. Other cool water fish swim in small rivers and streams, too - Smallmouths, Redeye bass, Suwanee bass, and other smallmouth-like species.

You'll find green sunfish, bluegills, yellow perch, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish in many small running, cool waters, too. 
Georgia’s Chattahoochie is one example; it flows with cool water and wading in that low temp water in Summer is refreshing! There are tree covered, fish filled streams all over the South to fish this time of year.

But lets suppose you DON'T have trout infested waters nearby. Perhaps you don't know squat about trout or other river fish, and wouldn't know what to do to catch them. 
Your travel time might also be limited, too, what with jobs and family and so on. 
Or maybe you're like me - you just don't like to waste your fishing time DRIVING all over the countryside to find the so-called “perfect spot?“

Another option, then, is to properly prepare yourself to get out among your local still water fishes, despite the heat.

I recently fished a lake located in a nearby wildlife preserve/recreation area. On my first trip I decided to fish from my float tube. Later, I went back with my boat for trip two. My fishing strategy followed the same basic steps on both trips –
  1. Rig up,
  2. Probe the water column,
  3. Catch fish (the good part),
  4. Quickly release the fish unharmed,
  5. Document all the activity.

FLOAT TUBES: PRO’S AND CON’S
Pro’s
  1. Float tubes allow more intimate fishing
  2. You better connect with the body of water and so are a better angler
  3. They are less obtrusive than a boat, unless you’re a total klutz.
  4. They embody the idea of “stealth“ fishing.
  5. They require nothing but a fishing license – no gas, no taxes, etc.
Con’s
  1. They’re slow; you can't cover much water
  2. You can't stay air dry; you‘re at least partially in the water itself
  3. They require some specialized gear (fins, waders, pumps, patch kits, etc.)
  4. You can't carry much extra “stuff“
  5. They aren't snake proof.
All of that aside, being in the tube again brought back old memories of guiding at a Georgia resort known for big bluegills, shellcrackers, and redbreast sunfish. I hoped this water would provide the same kind of big gill action, but much closer to home.

Timing Sometimes Sucks
My first fishing day's arrival was later than my target time, but I made it on the water by 12:30 PM. This is another way of saying I missed the cooler morning hours.

July weather conditions this day were:
HOT – 90+°F.
The skies were partly cloudy, and a light breeze stirred the water. But out on the water, under the sun, it was gonna be intense.

The unknown lake lay out before me with only a slight ripple breaking its surface. The mixed woods along the shore created a moving patchwork pattern on the water. It had been a while since I’d been in a float tube. Old, creaky muscles were about to be reunited with my desire to catch fish.

Duck-style, I waddled backwards into the water, spun my tube around and sat down. Away I went, kicking toward the far shore. 200 feet away.

What drew me there?
It looked FISHY, that’s all. Yes, I have a system I follow, but you gotta start somewhere, and sometimes it comes down to that.

It Begins
Finally I arrived, to find low overhanging bushes and small trees shading the water. I could just feel the fish in the area. Based on my calculations the water dropped from about a foot at the bank to 7 or 8 feet right under my tube. If I was a fish, this is where I would want to be.

I tied on one of my favorite size 12 weighted streamers and began to probe the water, from right at the bank on down to six or seven feet. I slowly probed this great looking water, moving to the west for 20 minutes - without encountering a single fish.

I changed up and probed the water in a small shallow cove. On my second retrieve from a spot near an inundated bush, I felt a smack on the line, raised my rod and was slammed by a really strong fish.
My Thomas & Thomas 862 2-wt. arced back on itself and the fight was on.

The fish circled widely with great power, and I figured it was a big 'gill. When I finally got it to my tube, it was a fat 10“ bluegill that weighed a real pound.

"He hasnt seen many hooks,“ I said aloud. “Not a bad start."

I continued to probe the area discovering 5 foot deep water that sloped up to 2 feet at the rear of the cove. I carefully probed back in there and caught three more fish like the first. One was even bigger, probably 12“ long with a 17“ inch girth. It was a monster and my guess is it weighed at about 1.5 pounds. It reminded me of the tremendous "copperheads" that I have caught on the St. Johns River in Florida.

The image above is a small inlet, fronted by a shallow flat with normal contour. By looking at the graphics drawn in, we can see what we must do to access subsurface fish in this shallow water. 

Working the Site

I kicked my way back up toward the shallow flat at the West end of the lake casting right up to the shoreline bushes, trees, and objects. I let my streamer settle, then began my short strips down the contour to deeper water. I found that more giant gills were holding 8 feet from the shore, in about four to five feet of water. 
This was now my "pattern."

When these fish picked up my fly, it was a normal take. They didn't jerk the rod out of my hands, but you knew they had grabbed what they thought was fleeing prey. 
Once detected, I raise the rod against the take and it quickly bent under the power of their hasty departure. This is why I keep my hook points sharp – little force is required to get a hook set.

The big gills would end up at my float tube, circling, until they could be pried from the water. Some were so big I cradled them with my hand -- there was no palming them.

Once you can visualize what you are doing in a two or three dimensional way, you can probe water much more effectively for suspended fish and fish holding near the bottom of the lake.
Here, then, is the basic method for good subsurface fishing, as they apply to fly fishing warm stillwaters. 
You might want to write them down:
  1. Select the best flies to fish,
  2. Use a long leader/tippet to help sink your fly,
  3. Carefully probe new water for contour and depth,
  4. Fish structure and cover.
Structure/Cover
These are the obvious places everyone recognizes, like LOW wooden docks with algae growing on them. In high sun periods, in most cases you'll find bluegills or mixed sunfishes assembled under these docks in the shade.
There is security there, and the food chain is fully growing on and around these structures.

Literally every spot with a log, a piece of brush, and old tire, a spot under an overhanging tree or bush, any shade, will attract fish. I find big bluegills and bass suspending under big algae heads floating on the lake's surface. Even a shallow channel that gets them deeper into the darker waters will hold fish. You should probe all of these features for feeding fish. In streams, wood is fine, and fish will hide in grasses, plus under individual rocks and ledges.


Surface, Then Below
In some fisheries (and maybe most), small insects on the surface are a major forage during the midday period. 
Where this is the case, you're tipped off by aggressive surface feeding on size-14 sponge water spiders. 
However, it may also be an exception.

Regardless, I find that size-14 suspending nymph imitations get hammered as often by the fish just below the surface. Am I telling you to toss out your poppers and foam spiders? No.
But, if they don't do much - there is an alternative.


In this particular fishery I was tubing around in, the pea-colored water and the heat had me probing the depths with size 14, and then size 12 or 10 streamers. I like a larger profile and dark colors to contrast in these stained conditions. It paid off.


The Mental Game
Remember, you have to probe the water to find out what the fish want.
If you get no response, switch off and try something else. If you'll do that, the fish will show you what they want -- just pay attention.
And make sure you have enough of whatever flies are working. You may need them!

If you have read my articles on fishing the water column, or my other articles in which I describe probing water -- it may sound boring.
But, it is effective and efficient.

Once you establish a bite pattern, stick with it until conditions shift - and they will. As long as you understand the process of keeping your flies in front of the fish WHEREVER THEY ARE you'll catch plenty of fish.

Putting It All Together

On both days fishing this new-to-me water, I learned about the lake's basic contour, bottom structure and lakeside cover. 
I caught big gills, I found water to depths of 15 feet, wood strewn shallows, pea gravel bottoms, lots of overhanging trees and bushes for cool cover on hot summer days.

I make mental notes of where I find fish - and where I don’t – which I then write down later. I take pictures to prompt my memory. I write about my adventures and discoveries. 
In this way, I learn what it took to catch those fish. 
This makes me a more efficient angler and helps me get onto fish sooner each time I fish the same lake. 

In two trips I caught and released fifty seven -- eight, nine, and ten inch bluegills. The largest was over 11 inches and about one and a half pounds. I also caught and released 3 bass.

After many trips approaching new water like this,, in all seasons you will begin to learn how to decode a lake's patterns. 

- You will eliminate water that typically doesn't hold fish, and concentrate on fish holding water. 
- You will learn the most productive flies and presentations and enjoy knowing that you can catch and release plenty of fish. 

Put in the time on the water getting to know the dynamics of the system, and you can do this.

Hot summer conditions are gonna come. You can’t stop the seasons. But, you can see it as your opportunity to be THE fly fisher on the water catching and releasing fish. 
And while your sweating, chugging water and cursing the gnats around your head, keep this happy thought in your head: 
It isn't Winter with freezing temps, ice everywhere and no fishing.

Bill Byrd is a retired guide and author. He has fly fished since 1968 and has been a freelance fly fishing writer since 1995.  He has had articles in Warmwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Fly Fish America, Bassmaster Magazine, and other publications. He aint selling anything; he does this this because he likes to help you be a better angler.
Visit him at www.byrdultrafly.com and tell him I said, "Hi!"

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