We’re a few days from summer, and for some strange reason, people think summer is prime fishing season. What? You don’t enjoy frozen waders during steelhead season? Or blowing on your hands in early spring to thaw them enough to tie a knot?
OK, it’s hard to argue that a long, lazy summer day is a good time for fishing.
Water looks good when the summer sun sparkles like diamonds and rolling wakes alternate from deep green to chrome depending on the light. Or how about the way water looks molten when the setting sun turns it silver?
Then there are the fish. Summer means a fat-bellied trout cruising the surface and sipping flies, or maybe one teased from the depths with a trolling rig or leech pattern on a sinking line.
How about a golden-sided cutthroat splashing the surface of a shimmering riffle as it attacks a hopper pattern, or that strobe-light flash just beneath the surface when a trout strikes a spinner?
How about auto-loading crappie on C.J. Strike Reservoir in early morning before the heat gets abusive, or hooking scrappy smallmouths on the Snake River with a great blue heron standing sentry on the shoreline?
I guess it’s hard to argue that summer isn’t a darned good time to fish, but summer can also slip by like a catfish through an irrigation pipe. There’s a lot of things competing for precious weekends and vacations.
Make a checklist. It can be in your head, or if you’re that kind of person, write yourself a memo, or even talk to your cellphone. I won’t laugh (OK, maybe a little), but the point is to conjure up a few of those perfect summer scenarios and make them happen.
Even if it’s not specifically a fishing trip, make sure you bring gear on all your summer outings.
There’s always water nearby, and the beauty of Idaho is there’s almost always fish in it.