Fishing in Summer – suggestions to avoid going blank

 

Fishing in Summer until sunset and a little later means more chances for big fish
Fishing in Summer until sunset and a little later means more chances for big fish

Fishing in Summer: we spend our winter months waiting for this season, considered the best to go fishing.

It is, if we are ready to accept some notions which are normally forgotten or underestimated.

In Summer, days are often extremely hot and this influences the rivers’ inhabitants.  A blank fishing day does not mean the river is empty.

Often, surprises come at sunset, when you don’t see where you’re casting your fly.

Also, don’t be afraid of using huge flies: most (big) fish stay under cover (in the undercuts, deep into the weeds, near the bottom of holes…). You can’t see them. They don’t leave their shelter for a tiny #18 fly. Also, they will react only (and not always) if the prey is worth the expense of energy. 

Fishing during the hottest days of the year means to be ready to be on the river until late.  Well after sunset, I mean, leaving the water in the dark and searching the way back to the car or the bank using a torch.

This drives our attention to another problem: NEVER be alone on the river if you are aiming for the “coup de soir”. Most important, always have a torch and a wading staff with you.

Even if you know the river very well, an unseen branch, a slippery stone may make you fall to the ground – or into the water. With serious consequences.

Fishing in summer

Fishing in Summer means to avoid being at home at “normal” lunch time…

It means to apologize with your family for your late arrival…

It also means to accept the risk of a “very last cast” into the dark…

We all know what Fishing in Summer means to us and is all this, and even more. When it is dark, everything is bigger, undefined, monstrous…

Last but not least, fishing in summer offers you the chance to say friends “I got one veeery big, a real monster… and broke my leader…”. Nobody will know you caught a branch in the dark, and you pulled hard…

As a consequence, I recommend those willing to spend their holidays in Central Italy in Summer – where I’m ready to guide to wonderful fishy rivers in the area – to consider the above to avoid the risk to end the trip too early and go back with the wrong impression of the day.

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