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Summer Inshore Fly Fishing
Mike Huffman
Focus your efforts for inshore fly-fishing success.
Mike Huffman

When fishing is in your blood, you'll find ways to grab quality time, regardless of blazing hot summer days. The hard-bitten angler gives mid-day to the boaters and sun worshippers, reserving his efforts for both ends of the day.


Things are calmest and coolest just before dawn, and morning is a magical time to be on the water. Quiet enough to hear nature stirring, begging even the most impatient of us to move like a heron, taking in everything.

Prepare. Check your tide charts. Carve up the area into manageable chunks, and know what the waterway looks like at low tide, high tide and in-between. This will give you hints about how fish and bait will move as the tide shifts. In addition, you'll have a mental imprint that will allow you to move more carefully in early darkness. If you're wading, nothing empties the neighborhood like mudding around up current of your quarry.

Keep it to short 2-3 hour trips, go as often as possible, and you'll figure stuff out and start sticking more fish.          

The evening program begins after 9:30 p.m. Great sport can be had fishing under dock lights and around marinas, bridges and lighted jetties. Where foot access is limited or restricted, you'll want a skiff or kayak. Plan times around your tide chart. If you line up 4 or 5 spots to hit, there will usually be bait and fish on at least a couple. In well lit areas with clear water, smaller flies are sometimes in order.     

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