During my childhood in Western Massachusetts and college years in Southwest Vermont, I often spent warm summer days wading the many trout streams found in abundance throughout the region. It took minimal equipment, offered a change of pace from bass fishing, and was a great way to cool off.
Fast forward a few short years and I am now living in Upstate, SC. In addition to the highly touted bass fisheries in the area, there are tremendous fishing opportunities for both wild and stocked trout. After a long week at work, nothing hits the spot quite like packing a lunch, sliding on some beat-up sneakers, and hitting the streams. Whether you are after rainbow trout, brown trout or brook trout, stream fishing in the summer requires some creative thinking at times to be successful and we’re here to help you with that endeavor.
TROUT BEHAVIOR IN WARMER MONTHS
Early on, I noticed that the location and tactics needed to catch summer trout varied drastically from the colder water periods of spring and fall. Fish were less active and could only be found in specific stretches of water with key types of structure. Trout are a coldwater fish and as the water temps push upward in the summer it scatters the trout into the coolest parts of the streams.
There are a few key variables to maximize warm water trout fishing, ensuring success while being mindful of fish safety. In the summertime, trout are constantly on the lookout for the coolest water possible. Since in most small streams there isn’t an option to go a lot deeper, they use other methods to stay cool. This also tends to make them less active than during the cooler months. So your gear and tactics adjust to their changing states. It’s all about capitalizing on their adjustments in behavior.
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