SUMMER’S BACK! Soak in this steamy Saturday before things slip south on a cool front later in the day, leading into a mid-70s Sunday. Grab an innertube and your five weight fly rod and we all float on, as we talk buoyancy in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: This bluegill engulfed a foam beetle on the fly rod with a splashy surface take. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat 8/19 – Hot for a day. Hi 94, Lo 59, Winds S to W @15, G 20
Tomorrow: Sun 8/20 – 15 Degree dip. Hi 79, Lo 58, Winds N @ 10
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:47AM Sunset: 8:45PM
Moonrise: 4:13AM Moonset: 7:30PM
Overhead: 11:54AM Underfoot: Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (6% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 7:00 – 8:00AM – Light winds will build following the Edge Hour, so use the calm morning to capitalize on great fishing before things start to blow. Watch for the front to make its way through in the afternoon – a low chance of storms, but the winds will start to whip.
FOAM ALONE. It’s tough to beat closed-cell foam to craft buoyant flies. Whether it’s a simple foam beetle or grasshopper for bluegills, poppers for largemouth bass or big gaudy Chernobyl ants for trout feasting on stoneflies, foam makes for a fun surface offering that often draws explosive strikes.
HAIRY SITUATION. Big game hair, like deer and elk, helps keep flies afloat with its hollow strands. Flies like stimulators and elk hair caddis patterns stay on the surface thanks to the air pockets in each hair. Trimmed poppers and sliders for bass also splash and gurgle across the surface thanks to the nature of the hair they’re spun and shaped out of.
OFF A DUCK’S BACK. Cul de Canard feathers from the lower portion of a duck’s back near the preen gland, help dry flies stay afloat due to the amount of water-resistant oil absorbed by the airy plumes during the bird’s life. Tied in as a wing or an overwing, they keep dry flies stuck on the surface longer.
Stay Afloat. Stay Sharp!