Summer: hot days, warm, humid nights. July was a warm one for sure. People have been asking me: "How are the trout doing, when can we fish for them?" My answer is usually something like this: "The trout are fine as long as we don't fish for them when the water is over 70 degrees, but the bass are fine!" Also: Redington is introducing a new wader to replace the popular Pallix River chest and wading pants (MSRP $169.95 and $139.95 respectively). While supplies last they are 20% off.
Certainly, there are places to catch and release trout. The West Branch of the Delaware has an afternoon Sulphur hatch all summer and the Pennsylvania limestone spring creeks are holding temperature particularly well this year. Jersey streams are more on the margin. Due to abundant rainfall, we have good surface flows from small, cool tributaries and groundwater spring seeps. Fishing early in the morning is certainly the best strategy as temps are likely to be in the mid- sixties at sunrise. Tricos will be hatching overnight and the spinner fall which usually takes place in the early morning can get fish looking up. Such activity has been sparse so far but it will happen and continue through September. Isonychia and Light Cahills will be back shortly most evenings a