Archive for July 1, 2012

Today-Thursday..July 12, 2012–> Its a nice,  warm and dry day. I received a report from “A l the Guide” yesterday saying he’s been picking off a few each day along the Narragansett rocks and managed five on Tuesday despite little evidence of any bait.   Only one keeper with the rest running around 22-24″.  I quote from the Guide’s report stating :” Clear water very little bait  but liked the guide fly bait!” These fish were all taken during mid-morning. Tuesday eve I went warmwater bass bugging and managed a bunch of 11-12 inch  smallies and  big bluegills.  The wind had slackened and I could see a few schools of fish on the surface feeding on fry. As they fed their backs and dorsal fins showed and I  thought they were Callico bass(Crappie). Never thought I’d see aschool of bluegills  feeding  never mind a school feeding in 15′ of water.  A cast toward or over them  would spook them momentarily water.  I found them to be bluegills who were accompanied on the outside of the school  by smallmouths. The bluegills eagerly took a chartruese and white Cloussr below while a yellow foam spider took smallies on top.   It was a fun time. Enough so that I think i’ll try it again this evening as the wind seems to be dying early. 

Tuesday..July 10,2012–> Haven’t posted in several days as I’ve been busy with things other than fishing i.e. Gardening(see pics) ,moving people , grandkids etc.. Like yesterday, today has been beautiful,  warm ( lToday-ow  80s) and dry–really nice weather. Nice weather for many things but not shore fishing beaches or the rocks. The wind and surf have been light making shore front fishing  difficult.  Things are so quiet I haven’t even received a good report from “Al the Guide” as of late. Sunset to sunrise are about the only times to go with such calm  conditions. A small offshore storm or other weather disturbance to stir things up a bit is really what we need. The wind has been dying in the evening and most inshore lakes and ponds are like a mirror at sunset. Perfect for some topwater black bass and panfish action and that’s exactly what i’m planning for this evening for a few hours.








Wednesday..July 4, 2012-> Independence Day–Today’s the day we celebrate our independence from Great Britain back in 1776 and the beginning of our nation.   It’s a day to be thankful for all the freedoms we enjoy daily and  often take for  granted.  It’s  also a day to remember and give thanks for all those who have ensured that we’ve remained  a free nation since our inception. I been out warmwater fishing for the past two late afternoons as noted in the posting for yesterday. I forgot to mention my super-slam on Monday: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel,  Bluegill and Yellow Perch. Think I’ll rest it today and perhaps try a little striper fishing tomorrow,.  

Tuesday.. July 3, 2012–I did  as I mentioned on Monday, and  went  out late Monday afternoon to try some bass bugging. Tried some sub-surface fishing  for about  an hour while the sun was still high using  a No. 6 BH Black Crystal Bugger. Went to a yellow foam spider later on. Fishing was good managed a bunch of  10-14″ smallies, several foot-long largemouths and a bunch of big bluegills. The bluegills were from 9-10″ and were great sport on my 9” 4wgt rod. They had no problem downing both the Bugger and  foam spider. The evening ended with a rainbow appearing  and a Leprechaun holding a  sign saying come back again tomorrow. Always listen to a Leprechaun  when he talks,  so  I returned again on Tuesday afternoon. Here’s  what I found at the end of the rainbow.








 One Handsome Little Guy 


Monday..July 2, 2012- Partly cloudy and 67 deg at the bird bath this morn.  Temps are forecast for the mid-80s and my trusty weather station shows the barometer’s steady and a sunny day is ahead. Might try some bass bugging for Largemouths this evening.

**** Monthly Fishing report page has been updated with a Fishing in July post and also the Saltwater Page with a new  “Fly of the Month”  for July 2012  featuring:

Al Tobojka’s “Guide Fly”

Yesterday-Sunday..July 01, 2012–>> Well July is finally here and so is the hot weather. It was 68 deg this morning at the bird bath and forecasted to get into the low 90S and be a bit sticky. Not a good day to be out in an open boat or rock hopping the ocean front. The forecast thru the 4th of July is for sunny and hot weather. With these conditions I like early morning and evening as the best (most comfortable) times to fish.

Saltwater Fly of the Month– July 2012

          The July 2012 “Fly of the Month” comes to me from my lifelong friend Al Tobojka, of Saunderstown, RI. Affectionately known by  his friends as “Al the Guide”,  Al was with me the day I caught my first fly rod striper down at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal over fifty years ago. There’s a good chance that he will be with me when I catch my last one. Al fishes practically every day for an hour or two. He has tried  many patterns over the years and his “Guide Fly’ is what he now uses on a daily basis with consistent results. Al’s  “Guide Fly” is a pretty  simple tie that uses  natural hair and hackles. As many of today’s TV commercials state; ‘It’s  all natural and uses no synthetic hair , fillers , epoxy or silicone.” Al’s “Guide Fly” streamers main attribute is action and this pattern has plenty of it. Daytime stripers love it.

            I recently paid Al a visit to chat about fishing and get updated on what was going on. Al was in his driveway  in the back of his car checking  his tackle when I arrived.. He showed me his latest rod and noted that the fly line needed replacing. The line was frayed and in numerous places the lines outer coating was cracked or missing and just the core remained.. The line came noisily through the guides as it was shot out and also when retrieved. The harsh conditions found along the shore where Al likes to fish quickly shortens a fly lines longevity. Most lines don’t last a season along the rocks. He handed me the rod to try.  I made several casts and could easily hear and feel the worn out line going through the guides. After my last cast I began reeling in the line nd noticed the fly skittering across the pavement. It looked alive and  was  jumping, hopping and dancing as it came toward  me. What really caught my eye was the tail movement of his “Guide Fly” which wagged back and forth like that of an excited puppy as the fly slid across the pavement. I thought surely that when it was fished the various changes  in current speed and direction the fly encountered during  retrieval would give the fly tremendous action.

Al Tobojka’s “Guide Fly”



Hook:  Eagle Claw Models  253, 254  or 067 size 2-3/0 (Al likes smaller hooks)

Thread:  Yellow Monocord

Body:  Silver Bill’s Body Braid.

Tail: small bunch of white bucktail two to three times the length of the hook, topped with 2 or 3 strands of Silver Holographic Flashabou®, topped with 4-6  long, narrow, white saddle hackles (hook length longer than the bucktail base) topped with two or three strands of Silver Holographic Flashabou .

Wing:  A small bunch of  pale chartreuse bucktail (pale yellowish Chartruese) ,topped with a bunch of Silver Doctor or Medium Blue Bucktail.

 Throat:  A small bunch of white bucktail twice the length of the hook. Almost as long as the the bucktail in the tail.

Topping:  None

It should be noted that Al likes LONG, NARROW saddle hackles and although the Silver Doctor works he prefers the Med Blue wing. Also,  the  Flashabou can be longer than saddle hackles and can be tied in between or along the sides of the tail materials.

(C) Ray Bondorew July 2012

Fishing in July

            The month of July begins the warm weather fishing season. The combination of increasing air and water temperatures seems to alter the fishing patterns used in previous months. Rising water temperatures concentrate fishing in ponds and streams to specific areas. Deep holes in streams and deeper water or shaded areas in ponds are the likely spots. Along the salt, tidal rivers now relinquish their reign and fishing moves out to all along the coast.

During the first week of July the Hexagenia hatch should be at its peak. The best fishing during the “Hex Hatch” occurs from just after sunset until well after dark. It’s a good idea to be on location before dark to familiarize yourself with the area you intend to fish. Gauging casting distances and knowing where obstacles are will save you from losing flies and having to re-tie in poor light conditions. If you arrive in the evening  before  sunset keep an eye out for birds like the Eastern Kingbird, American Robin and Phoebes beginning to be more conspicuous along  the bushes and trees that line the river. They’ll  be in the sections of the river where Hexagenias are likely to emerge and will signal when the mayflies appear  as they’re as anxious to pick off one of these big fluttering mayflies as you are a nice trout. Trout will take up their summer residences and canl be found in long deep pools or  near fast  rapid type water that yields more oxygen. Large and smallmouth bass will seek deeper water during the month in ponds which afford such luxury. Most Rhode Island ponds are shallow man made basins with no deep water to speak of. In these ponds Black Bass seek out heavy lily pad beds , stump laden areas or any other areas that provides shade. Around the second week of July, Brickyard Pond in Barrington, RI comes alive the two hours before dark. The Alewife (River Herring) that entered this pond in April now display the fruits of their spawning effort. From a distance the ponds surface looks as if a light rain shower was occurring but a closer look will reveal and abundance of one inch long alewife fry flipping about the surface. The pond’s largemouth bass population takes full advantage of the seemingly carefree youngsters. The bass are focused on the surface and can be seen breaking here and there as they feed on the herring. Fishing with a popping bug can be spectacular at this time . My favorite popper here is a 1/0 Gaines Minnow. It’s  a pearl bodied popper with a white tail and black collar.  No doubt that similar events take place at other ponds where herring spawn in the spring.

Gaines Minnow

Down on the salt fishing spreads out to all along the coast. As water temperatures rise, bait that was once concentrated in tidal rivers and estuaries filters out to along the coast. Fishing for stripers picks up in July along the rocky shores and beaches. The first schools of good size stripers moves into the Narragansett, R.I. area around the first week of the month. The area near the mouth of Narrow River has always treated me well around the 4th of July as well as the area north of Point Judith Light. Small two inch long sandeels are a primary forage along the Narragansett beaches in July. Tidal river fishing in at the Bristol Narrows and Warren river will remain good throughout the month, especially if a few schools of big menhaden find their way to them. Snapper Bluefish, called Skipjacks locally, arrive early in July. These six to eight inch eating machines will hit anything that moves. Because of their voracious manner many will be about a foot long when they leave in mid-September.  They are fun to catch and provide great sport on a 3 or 4 weight fly rod.

Tidal rivers, rocky ocean shore fronts, and beaches will all harbor stripers in July.  Each area presents a unique challenge to the fly rodder. requiring the use of different techniques at each environ in order to be successful. The best way is to learn any one of these areas is to stay with it until you are familiar with fishing it and then move on.

Good bet—Cape Cod Canal EARLY  morning(DARK) slack tides ,+/- 30 mins.either side of slack water.