Sight Fishing the Flats - Chatham, MA. Monomoy Island
Through these Guides Eyes
The following fishing reports will consist of Inshore Saltwater (Fly) Fishing. It will include Tips, techniques, Habitat, Presentation, Baitology, Flies-Hooks, Moon Fazes, Flats, and even some highlights from last year's fishing reports. Some of which are pretty exciting.
May 1 Ill be on the Cape for the summer, so Ill also keep all of you posted on the latest. Some of the material will come straight from my past experience as chief instructor of the Orvis 2 Ã‚Â½ day saltwater fly fishing schools. Additional material will come from first hand knowledge, gained from my many years of eating, breathing, living and loving the, New England - Cape Cod Inshore Saltwater environment.
All of this material would not be possible if it was not for several mentors who have shared " some of " their lifetime of saltwater experiences with me. Thanks, Bob Benson (www.fishingthecape.com
) Rich Benson firstname.lastname@example.org
(The 2 brothers who exposed the incredible world class flats fishery-Monomoy Island, to all of us and are the Capes top- flats boat guides), Peter Alves, George Ryan (The Mayor of Monomoy) and of course the great folks at Orvis! So, sit back, relax and enjoy this Truly World Class Destination Fishery!
How to Catch Big Bass on the Flats' in July and August
Matching the Hatch: is just as important in the saltwater as in the freshwater. Look into the water. Size, shape, silhouette, profile, action, density, color are all important features of bait and the flies we use to imitate. Natural colors are the best during July and August.
When I used to guide for trout, the first thing I would do before wetting my line would be to study the shoreline. Id let mother nature tell me what fly I should be using. Id look at spider webs, underside of leaves, tops of rocks and sometimes underneath them. Fishing the flats is no different.
Next time your out; look on the shallow edges of the water. The bait you see is the fly you should try.
Ever thrown a fly that was so thin, small and sparsely dressed that it almost resembled a bare hook? If you're on the flats in July and Aug. you should be.
You'll notice small sand colored shrimp Ã‚Â½ in., muma chugs 1-2 in., 1-3 in. sand lances silversides 1 Ã‚Â½ - 3 in. and crabs - dime to silver dollar size. Try to duplicate coloration and profile w/ your fly selection.
Keep your eyes open and you will see 10-20 lb. bass feeding on all the above. Study of bait fish and there imitations is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when casting to educated resident bass on the flats in July and Aug. in 1-3 feet of water at high noon. A great book to help you is called, Saltwater Imitations and there Naturals. "Fishing the Cape" has a large inventory of this book as well as others to help open up the incredible world of Inshore Saltwater Flats Fly-Fishing.
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