Fish Rap: Summer is here, let's keep the dogs at bay

rphillips@idahostatesman.comJune 26, 2014 

It seems I always start this column with some reference to the weather or seasons, so I won't break the habit. It's now officially summer. If you're still in school, or a school teacher, that means everlasting and carefree days, or so the rest of us believe.

If you're neither, we have to milk the most out of summer with our precious weekends and evenings. I would add mornings, but have you tried getting to sleep before midnight?

I digress.

The so-called dog days of summer tend to be awfully busy, and we get sucked into things other than fishing.

But fishing is also as summer as fireworks, picnics and sun screen, so make your plans accordingly.

We all have our favorites, and for me it's wet wading in a cool mountain stream and casting flies for trout.

To be specific, a fly that doesn't have a Latin name, and to fish that have only seen feathers on birds flying over head, not floating by the dozens.

It's time to seek out those secluded spots. River flows are dropping and temperatures warming.

You will see several rivers below, but there are many other options available that you won't find in the fish report, and I make no apologies for that.

This state is full of rivers, and most of the rivers are full of trout of varying sizes, from solitary lunkers to pint-sized prize fighters by the dozen.

Time to cash in the summer solstice dividend and use those extra hours of daylight on a road trip, or on a glorious stretch of river.

Whether a spring creek, tailwater, or mountain stream, 'tis the season to splash and giggle.

Make it happen.

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