Archive for August, 2012

****  Freshwater Fly of the Month for August 2012 has been posted.****

****Fishing/Monthly Report page updated with a Fishing in August post****

Today-Friday..August 24, 2012–> I haven’t posted in a while and it seems no one missed it. ,  Anyway, I tried some striper fishing several times two weeks ago and the water along the shore was rough for over a week. Fly fishing was nearly impossible with heavy surf pounding the rocks. These were the conditions.  The wave period was 4-5 seconds which meant if I timed my cast to land on the backside of a falling breaker I’d have about 3 seconds to fish the fly before it was time to pick it up and toss it out again before the wash of the next wave grabbed it and tumbled the rig shoreward. Once the surf finally subsided I did manage several stripers. Rumbling through my fly box I stumbled upon a fly that I tied nearly twenty years ago. It was a  Bondorew Bucktail with an epoxy head. I don’t recall applying the epoxy which had yellowed considerably over the years. I decided to try it or at least rid my fly box of it. I’m not one for epoxy or silicone body flies. They may be cute to look at but in my opinion they’re lifeless and don’t have much action.  That fly was one of the few I ever epoxied  and can’t  recall why i did it. Curing epoxy and silicone isn’t for me and I think the only thing worth curing is meat.

Last Friday I  took a friend to a local pond for some warmwater fishing. No monsters but fishing was great.  For 3.5 hrs we had non-stop action with Large and smallmouth bass , pickerel and big bluegills. We fished top water the entire time. You know things are going well when you get cutoff twice by pickerel and your bug  floats back to the surface each time and not lost to the toothy critter.

This weekend I’m heading up north for several days to camp on the banks of the Magalloway River in Wilson Mills ME. Looking forward to fishing for Trout,  Landlocks and Smallmouth bass. Plenty of places to try up there as the Rangley Lakes area is but a few miles away.

Friday..August 3, 2012–> Today ‘s forecast to be a hot one with temps near 90 deg. I hope to get in a few hours of striper fishing along the rocks before the sun gets  high  and things begin to cook.

Thursday..August 2, 2012–>I’ve been fishing a lot with foam spiders lately. Foam bugs/spiders are fun to fish. easy to tie, and they’re nearly indestructible. I been thinking of tying a foam frog with bunny strips for the rear legs, maybe some rubber front legs and some eyes gor a while now. This morning I quickly concocted one up and took it out this afternoon to see what it looked like in the water and what the bass thought of it. Here’s a few pics of my frog. Some refinements are in order to make it look better.

Foam Frog ready to swim

Foam Frog at rest

The surf’s up a bit and I’ve been told as a result that striper fishing has picked up. So I’m going to let my frog rest on a lily pad tomorrow while I go to the rocks and try for a few stripers. The surf’s forecast for 4-6 ft where I plan to go so it might make fishing somewhat tough.–We’ll see. ..

Foam Frog's accepted

Foam Frog’s accepted

                                                                 FISHING IN AUGUST

           The month of August normally brings the hottest weather of the year.  To me it sometimes brings the coolest striped bass fishing of the season. Water temperatures are on the rise and will continue to do so until they peak in mid-September.  During this time most of the bait fish that inhabited the tidal rivers and estuaries earlier in the year have filtered out into the bay and along the coast. They are not yet congregated into the large schools normally seen in the fall, but seem to be concentrated into pods or small schools spread here and there.  Many a conversation overheard along the shore during this month will contain “I didn’t see any bait”.  Finding bait is a key ingredient to successful fishing anytime, but in August it seems even more important.  Striped bass fishing  this time of year takes a little more work.  Night fishing in August is typically far better than daytime outings and fishing in just one spot is more often than not, fruitless.  Leaving no stone unturned by covering as much water and as many places seems to be the best approach.  I guess you could say hunting them down.

            The hot, bright sunny days and relatively calm waters seem to drive striped bass out away from shore very early in the day and finds them returning only after the sun has gone to bed.  The best fishing is confined to an hour before and after sunrise and again in the evening after sunset.  Cloudy days can sometimes lengthen these periods.  A change in the weather can dramatically improve things.  A low pressure system passing along the coast normally brings easterly winds to our shores.  Accompanying the low are overcast, cloudy skies and perhaps rain.  This combination causes the easterly facing shorelines of Narragansett, Jamestown, and Newport to have a slight swell with moderate chop to the surf.  These water conditions produce continuous white water along the rocky shores.  The water does not get too rough or the wind too strong to make fishing difficult and produces almost ideal conditions.  The only thing that could make it better would be to throw a little fog in for good measure.  This change from clear days and glassy waters can really change fishing around.  The best days I have had in August happened when the weather changed as I just mentioned.  Of course this scenario holds true at any time during the summer and fall.

            Bluefish  can be anywhere in August, from upper Narragansett Bay in search of menhaden or along the coast looking for anything they can chomp on.   August and bluefish go together.  Some good bets for bluefish  in R.I. are: The Sakonnet River, Sachuest Point, and Second Beach in Newport; Hull’s Cove and Potter’s Point, Jamestown; Bristol Narrows and the waters south of the Narrows near Heffenrefer Estates.  I have had good success with bluefish in these areas in August.   If you should find some blues around don’t forget that most of the time they will hit just about anything.  Try the flies you no longer care about or don’t mind having destroyed and save your best flies for other occasions.  The use of a six inch piece of wire in front of the fly will help you from being cut off.  I tie up some special flies I save just for bluefish.  They are tied on extra long 3/0 hooks.  These hooks are  nearlyt four inches long h and the fly itself is tied on just forward of the bend. The shank of the hook acts as the wire leaderg and any bluefish that tries to  cut through the hook shank is going to need some severe dental work.  What color?  If I had to choose one color for bluefish it would be yellow.

August usually finds our waters teeming with snapper blues.  Locally called “skipjacks” these young bluefish can be found in almost any harbor, tidal river or any other place there is food.  Like their big brothers these six to eight inch eating machines are always hungry and eager to strike at just about anything.  By the time they leave in the latter part of September, some will have grown to nearly a foot long. Almost any fly tied on a No. 1 or 2 hook will do.  I like to use calf hair for the wing, as it is just about the right length.  White is a good color choice. If you  top the white  with some olive or tan hair  these 1.5 -2” long flies will often work quite well for False Albacore, especially if Bay Anchovies are around..  Caught on fresh water tackle skipjacks  offer excellent sport and these little guys present an excellent chance to introduce a youngster to  fishing.  Besides being caught on spinning tackle, there is no better opportunity to have him catch his first fish on a fly rod.  Their willingness to strike and the numbers that can be caught offer some exciting and fun times. I’m glad I still have some kid left in me because I’m looking forward to fishing  for some snapper blues on my 2/3 weight rod.