Summer Daze

Mid-summer, high sun, blue skies, endless opportunities.  PHOTO: CAPT. LUKE KAVAJECZ

Mid-summer, high sun, blue skies, endless opportunities.  PHOTO: CAPT. LUKE KAVAJECZ

Oh man, this has to be my favorite time of year to fish smallmouth on Lake Superior on a fly.  The fish are scattered around some super cool areas and yeah, you may not catch big numbers of fish, but you get to see the fish do what you really like them to do.  Zero-dark-thirty moring missions have been the best way to get on a good bite as the fish are blitzing shiners as the sun rises.  It's really cool to see the way smallies will use structure to confuse baitfish and herd them into areas they are vulnerable.  This results in fish crashing the surface and waking across the shallows to ambush the schools of lake shiners.  If you're there when it's happening, you'll understand why I get pretty darn excited.  So that's the program for the next few weeks.  Rise early, fish the morning blitz and then go look around and see what we find.  It's also been pretty hard to ignore that little voice in the back of my head that keeps whispering something about cooler temps and ripping streamers for big browns, but I'll just ignore that for now.