Are you feeling the heat? I am, and I have a sketchy relationship with it. Truth be told, I am a mild-weather guy.
I would rather deal with extreme cold than extreme heat. I am more comfortable ice fishing in single digit temps than I am fishing in 100-degree heat. But that doesn’t mean I hang up the fishing rod, and you shouldn’t either.
One nice thing about fishing in hot weather is you’re surrounded by coolant. Dip your hat in the water and dump it on your noggin. Take off your sunglasses first so they don’t get water spotted.
If you’re in a boat, jump overboard. It’s another good way to cool off. Don’t forget to take your wallet and cellphone out of your pockets.
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Since fishing is typically best early and late (still can’t confirm that early thing, but that’s what people tell me), good fishing times also coincide with the cooler parts of the day.
But I admit there’s a certain masochistic glory in hot-weather fishing.
My favorite method is wet wading in a mountain stream and simultaneously feeling chilly water on my legs and the sun blazing on my shoulders.
It doesn’t hurt that I am usually casting a bushy dry fly to trout, and they grab it like they’re holding a grudge. It makes me grin just thinking about it.
It may take a few weeks for rivers to drop to prime wading flows, but my guess is it will be plenty hot then, too.
If reservoirs are more your style, fill the cooler to the brim with drinks and ice and go for it. Ditto for drift boaters and rafters on rivers.
Last week, I talked about mountain lakes, and although they aren’t as close and convenient as other fishing spots, they’re an amazing antidote to the heat. You will be in the cool, green mountains, and if you get there early or late, it may even feel chilly.
And trust me, if you feel hot, a dip in a mountain lake will quickly cure it, sometimes more than you expect.