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Trouts Journal

Top Five Water Types to Fish in the Late Summer

Ivan Orsic / Jul 23, 2018

As we continue to deal with low flows and warming water this summer, as an angler, it's important to make the most of your time on the water. With that in mind here are the five water types you should focus on when on the river the rest of the summer. Focus on these water types for the rest of summer and hopefully you'll put a couple more trout in the net.

It should go without saying - carry a thermometer and ensure that you're fishing cool water. When the water temperature hits 67ºF give the trout a break. Otherwise, get out there and catch a couple...

1) Riffles & Pocket Water

Not only does the turbulent water associated with riffles and pocket water provide protection from predators, but it's also home to higher levels of dissolved oxygen and lower water temperatures. It doesn't hurt that hatches especially mayfly emergences are focused in riffles. Food + Cold Water Temps + Protection from Predators + Higher Dissolved Oxygen levels = Trout Haven. Don't walk past riffles and pocket water on your way to "better" water.

2) Undercut Banks

Undercut banks might be my favorite water to fish. It's hard to beat seeing a big trout slide out of his hiding hole to give your terrestrial a what's for. Undercut banks provide localized temperature refuges, shelter from stronger currents, and protection from predators from above. As such, it should be no surprise that undercut banks make the cut for late summer fishing.

3) Deep Pools

Water temperatures at the bottom of a deep pool are going to be lower than the water temperatures at the top of said pool. While throwing a hopper, hopper-dropper, or streamer can be productive in deep holes during the late summer, the most effective technique is putting that pesky indicator back on and throwing heavy nymphs through that deep water. Those deep pool trout are hunkered down and don't necessarily want to move much for food. That's where your favorite stonefly, caddis, and mayfly nymphs come in.

4) Shaded Water

Water shaded by riverside vegetation will keep water temperatures cooler than water that's exposed to the sun. Cooler water is important this time of year and you'll likely find happier, feeding trout holding in these shaded areas.

5) Cold Water Confluences

Wherever a coldwater tributary dumps in, it's pretty much a guarantee that you'll find fish concentrated at that confluence. The cooler temperatures and consist flow of food make these stretches no brainers during the low water summer months.

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