Some stories are harder to tell than others. They can be harder to write, too. This is one of those stories.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Don’t talk about hillbilly hand fishin’ to a real honest-to-goodness, died-in-the-wool and feather, match-the-catch-to-the-hatch fly fisherman.
During the summer months, everything about the river environment happens at a much slower pace. Every year by our current date the insect hatches and the trout’s behavior fall into a very predictable daily routine. In stark contrast to the slower trout fishing, it is prime time for pursuing smallmouth bass with the fly.
Summer is here, and the big insect hatches of spring are just about over. For us fly fishermen, summer fishing is a much more laid-back time to fish. The choices for trout fishing are far more limited than during the cooler months, and the insect hatches are much less diverse.