August Fly Fishing

Feb. 22, 2023

I don’t know for sure what it is about August, but when it comes to blue line fly fishing, it is almost magical. This time of year, the little blue line fish seem more aggressive, perhaps eating when the bugs are plentiful. The terrestrials are all around, you know the creeping, crawling, and splashing bugs that come from the shore. I always have a blast while fly fishing in August.

These are the days that we dream of August

My wife and I were out to dinner on a very cold December evening last year. As we were waiting to be called back to our table, there were a couple of gentlemen sitting next to us in the waiting area. As I was listening to them, I heard one of them say, “It is so cold out there, these are the days that I dream of August.”

That perked my ears up just a bit, I was curious why he loved August so much. It didn’t take long, for them to start talking about August fly fishing. I caught them saying this, just as I was called back to my table, but it left an impression on my mind.

I thought back to all of the August days that I’ve been lucky enough to be fly fishing, and realized that they were right. There is nothing that helps to pull you out of the coldest of winters to think about the fun days on the water while blue line fly fishing.

It is August

It is August now. And it is time to make the best of it!

How to make the best of it? Just get out there. You can’t enjoy the blue line fly fishing, if you’re not out on the blue lines. There are a few other recommendations that I can make though.

Attractor Patterns

I recommend a nice bushy high floating attractor pattern. My favorites are always the stimulator. I’ll use it in yellow or olive, depending on where I’m at or what I have available for me to use.

Because there are so many terrestrials out near the water, and even different types of flies around, the stimulator works well as it is tied to create the imitation of multiple types of insects.

Stay hydrated

These days are hot! Be sure to have plenty of water with you, or a way to purify the water that you’re around. There is nothing that ruins a trip to your favorite out of the way stream quite like suffering from mild to even more severe dehydration.

Just have fun

A lot of the times, in my small streams, the August fish are small. But don’t let that worry you, that is all a part of blue line fly fishing any way. But they’re the young ones that will go after most flies that they are shown. It is a huge blast to be fishing some pocket water, up that small draw, and have multiple fish striking your fly.

Me flyfishing for brook trout

Hi I'm Kendell. I started fly fishing avidly, about 5 years ago. At about the same time I finally graduated college.

I do things a little differently than the fly fishing world suggests. I usually have success and I always have fun!

I want to share what I do. Maybe you can learn something from it!