What a great summer it’s been!
We’ve been blessed with some beautiful fishing weather, and most anglers coming through the shop have only had good things to say about the conditions.
Striper action has been amazing, one of the best years we’ve had in quite a while. There have been great numbers of fish around in a wide range of sizes, anything from 10” to 50”, but it seems like the most common fish size this year is 25”-32”. Since the last report, we have seen ridiculous amounts of Juvy Herring close to shore. Fish have been feeding on them heavily, with a lot of top water action. Adams Snake Fly has worked well as a herring imitation lately, and I’ve also been playing around with a new pattern called the game changer that has done very well (and oddly enough I’ve caught quite a few flounder on this fly too).
Fish have also continued to eat a lot of crabs. I have been fishing from the top of a step ladder lately, sight casting the crab pot to fish cruising skinny water. I’ve found this to be a really fun and productive way to fish. My girlfriend Liz had a goal this year of catching a striper over 30” on the fly. She had caught several fish just under 30” over the past couple years, but couldn’t break that mark. Jim took us out on his skiff last week and she was finally able to break the 30 inch mark with a fat 33.25” fish caught on a guitar minnow! It’s been a great season so far, I can’t wait to see what the fall will bring.
Fresh water fishing has also been excellent. A few anglers have come through with good reports of bass on some of our ponds and lakes. Reports from the north country have been mixed, but with the cooler nights we are starting to have, conditions should only start to improve. We did some fishing in the White Mountains in NH over the past two weeks. Weather was beautiful and we found some water that was cold enough with plenty of active fish. We got into a good number of rainbows with some brookies mixed in on one river, and then fished a much smaller river packed full of hungry native brookies. We fished dries the whole time, with the good old Parachute Adams being our top producer, but we also caught plenty of fish on ants, beetles, and stone flies. Get out there and have some fun if you can!