Fishing for Bream During the Hot Months
During the summer when the air temperatures are up around the high eighties and
nineties, bream will seek the cool water that is deep in lakes and ponds. They tend to
feed in the shallow weed beds late in the afternoons and early in the mornings. Most of
the time, they will be in the deeper water where the water temperature is the coolest.
They may only come in the shallow water for an hour or so, especially if it is very hot.
During the long days of Summer, they may not come into shallow water until 8:00 to 9:00
A hook size 10 or 12 "Perfect Fly" McGinty Classic Wet Fly is a great fly to use during this
time. So are our other nymph flies, the Whitetail and Greentail Panfish Nymphs and the
Green and Yellow Bream Nymph . Cast either of these wet flies near the weed or grass
beds and allow them to sink near the bottom. Slowly retrieve them in using short, one to
two inch slow strips. The rubber legs on the nymphs will make the flies jump the second
time when the retrieve is stopped. This adds to the action and attraction of the flies.
Both our Bream Minnow and Panfish Minnow work great under these conditions. The
Panfish Minnow has some weight, so it isn't necessary to add any unless you are
attempting to fish real deep water. The Bream Minnow will work in very shallow water
without any added weight. It would work better without weight early and late in the day
during the hot summer months. If you want to get it down during the day, add split shot to
the tippet about eight inches above the fly.
If you are fishing from a boat or float tube, you want to get into position to cast the wet
flies into shallow water and then slowly retrieve them back into the deeper water, keeping
the flies on or near the bottom. If you are wading, then you have to stay in the shallow
water, of course, and cast into the deeper water. You will have to feed out line once the
cast it made to allow the fly to sink. If you use a sinking line or sinking tip line, this
shouldn't be necessary.
If the late afternoons are fairly cool, you may want to try a dry fly in and around the weed
and grass beds. Our Baby Popping Frog is a great frog imitation that will work under
these conditions. Cast it near the grass or weed cover and retrieve it, making it pop. Stop
each time you move the fly and let it sit for about 10 seconds before moving it again.
If the surface fly doesn't work, try the Baby Diving Frog or Baby Slider Frog. The bream
may not be feeding on the surface and a fly that gets down even as little as several
inches, can make the difference. Both of these flies need a short retrieve of a few inches
to get them down. Once you have them down as deep as you want them to go, slow the
retrieve down to keep the fly at that level. Short pauses between strips get the attention
of the bream better than a constant retrieve.
The key to it is simple. If you are not getting any surface action during the hot months of
the year, go deep with the flies. That is usually all it takes to get into some fast action.
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