In this blog entry, Nolan highlights 5 important tips for targeting Smallmouth on the fly during the summer months. Recently, Nolan has been catching some huge fish and we wanted to find out what his secret was.
#1 Concentrate on River fishing in the summer
spend a lot of time fishing open water, but in the summer I definitely spend more time in the river for Smallies
#2 Look for the Muddy Water:
Muddy water is key for big fish. Although clear to slightly stained water can produce numbers, fooling big fishing in dark water is much easier
#3 Don’t strip too fast!
Slow down your presentation, fish want an easy meal. Slowly twitching a black streamer or leech is deadly..You will be surprised what you might run into
#4 Target Structure
Fish structure or runoff (deep pools) especially when water temp is on the rise. Smallies tend to stay in the colder water and feed in the deeper runoffs
#5 Big Flies Don’t mean big fish…
Big flies do NOT always mean big fish, small realistic patterns (crawfish, leeches, stoneflies, small bait fish) tend to get a bit more often.
Side Note- when fish aren’t taking streamers, try NYMPHING. Big stonefly patterns can do the trick, especially in muddy water. Orange bead heads on a black stone will move fish
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