Flyfishing For Summer Trout

Our favorite trout fishing hole down in the Southern Tier of New York was once a crystal clear, frigid-flowing body of purity. But the spring runoff from the winter months was all but a distant memory. My fishing partner and I stared in to a weed-laden, stagnate pool just deep enough to get our calves wet just a few weeks before school started. Brown trout are well known for their ability to adapt to warmer water temperatures while other trout wilt like a leaf under the overcast fall sky, and these streams, although gross looking, still held a few fish. New York holds great trout fishing at certain times of year, especially when you head into the Adirondacks. Throughout the state the chase for trout in the late summer forces fishermen to face many of the same challenges late-season waterfowl hunters face – where to find water. With what water is left in some areas of the state, trout are still able to be caught, but it becomes much more of a high stakes poker match. Who will flinch first. Water takes on the optical clarity of a glass of Gin this time of year and anyone familiar with the fickleness of trout understands the challenge of simply not spooking fish with even your shadow. So to help you find your Rocky Mountain dreams here in the East during the late summer, I called upon old mountain fishermen friends for advice to find five tips on catching summer trout.