My trips today and yesterday confirmed the fact that fishing smallmouth in September can be just as good, if not better, than it is in July and August. Of course it doesn't hurt when it's in the low to mid-70's, sunny and calm. The fish were hungry, the fish were big and the leaves are starting to really change on the river right now, making it a beautiful time to be out. Minnow patterns worked slow over and around rocks were the ticket, with most of the eats being fairly subtle, yet deliberate. There were a few fish that surprised us by waking to and eating the fly the instant it hit the water. There wasn't another soul on the water, save for the usual handful of eagles that keep us company. The true summer months are great, but I'll take days like we had this week over just about anything. Near zen.
Posted by ns at 11:44 PM