Finally, summer sun and productive fishing during the nicest season of the year. We grind out the winter months staying busy at the fly tying bench in preparation for summer fly fishing. Well, it’s here. Maybe you’ve taken care of updating your gear for wet wading season and summer trout, or maybe you’re scrambling last minute to find the best gear for what remains of the fishiest time of the year. In either case, we’ve compiled a list of the most important summer fly fishing gear, regardless of target species, to bring some useful products to light that you may not have considered.
Now, we’ve been through the necessities (if you haven’t read our blog post about fly fishing gear for beginners, find it here), so we’re going to leave those out of this blog post. Instead of reiterating the tools needed to be successful on the water, this post is meant to provide gear recommendations that’ll enhance your summer fly fishing experience that aren’t necessarily intuitive. As such, it’s worth reading on even if you have your summer gear squared away.
Water Temp Matters
A thermometer is an important tool if you’re targeting cold water fish in the summer. Think trout, grayling, steelhead, etc. We’ve got a couple of different thermometer offerings including the Fishpond Swift Current and the C&F 3-in-1 Thermometer.
Trout typically feed in water with a temp range from 45-65 degrees F, with their preferred temp falling somewhere in the mid-50s. Knowing the water temp will help you optimize your fishing tactics (different bugs hatch in different water temps, too), and help you choose where/when to fish.
It’s worth noting that if a trout stream exceeds 65-70 degrees F, trout may still eat but fighting them and landing them will tire them to the point of exhaustion. If the water gets too hot, fish somewhere else. For the fish’s sake.
Trash in the River? No thanks.
Trash on the river is inevitable. Bar wrappers, sandwich bags, even gum. NONE of it belongs in the river, on the riverbank, in the lake, anywhere. A portable trash receptor keeps trash out of your pockets and out of the river. Fishpond makes a couple of variations of their Microtrash containers, containers that easily clip onto a wading belt, pack, or bag to minimize waste worry. These containers are really easy to use and super-efficient. Empty, clean, repeat.
Cold Beverage Season
It wouldn’t be summer without your favorite river soda. That being said, carrying a cooler is a lot of work, especially during a day trip (unless you have the Yeti Hopper BackFlip). Luckily, Simms and Fishpond have designed Beverage holders that fit on a wading belt or regular belt to help quench your thirst.
The Simms Bottle Holder accommodates bottles, cans, and more and features a clip attachment for easy on-off access - you don’t have to take your belt off every time you want to take a drink. The Fishpond River Rat 2.0 also offers solid drink insulation with an adjustable sling in case you want to wear it around your neck. No more excuses for being parched on the river.
Protect Your Tech
Summer wet wading doesn’t mean your phone has to wade with you. Although some phones are waterproof these days, many aren’t. Simms makes a Waterproof Tech Pouch to protect your phone from rain, water, and wading. A practical slim design means you can carry this pouch around your neck or in your pack to protect a phone, fishing license, and more. We’re such big fans of the Waterproof Tech Pouch, in fact, that some of us use it ourselves here at Trident. If you have questions about the pouch give us a call and ask for Riley.
If you prefer waders in the summer, Simms makes a pouch for you, too. The Waterproof Wader Pouch zips into any Simms waders and is another great option for protecting your tech on the water this summer.
Shield the Sun
Clothing is also very important during the summer months. A lightweight, long-sleeved, quick-dry shirt offers the most comfort and protection in the high sun. Simms makes a huge line of sun shirts including the Tricomp Cool Longsleeve Shirt, a shirt made specifically for wet wading in warm weather. I’ve worn this shirt in the summer months and it’s incredibly comfortable, functional, and stylish.
Pants and shorts also help shield the sun and act as a layer between you and the water you’re wading in (if you choose to wet wade). Again, Simms has a huge line of quick-dry shorts and pants that are protective without being too bulky/heavy. Check out the Simms pants/shorts collection here.
Other Products Worth Considering
Bug spray is a big one here in Maine. No, we don’t sell it but it’s saved my butt in the bush many times. Literally. Sunscreen falls under the same umbrella. Guide tans are cool but skincare is cooler.
Hydration is the key to success so invest in a nice water bottle (and if you need a water bottle holder, check out Fishpond’s Molded Water Bottle Holder).
A Camera can also be a nice tool if you want to capture picturesque sunsets and heart-melting landscapes (plus fish). If you need camera recommendations, call the shop. We’ve got a resident photographer here at Trident and he’s really good at what he does. He also loves talking on the phone about camera equipment.
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