River sunset

Summer Update

The dog days of August have arrived, although out on the river, it doesn't quite feel like a sauna. Cooler nights and mornings are giving way to some very pleasant fishing weather. The big flows of June and early July have dropped down into what smallmouth bass like best, consistent conditions. Water temps are remaining in the upper 70's, throughout the day.

Thanks Boogle Bug
Primary objective: having fun 
Fat fish are working the rock shoals and chomping flies in riffles and runs. More importantly, the top-water bite is bringing lots of action. I thoroughly enjoy bouncing crayfish patterns along river bottom and feeling a tug, but watching giant smallies roll up on poppers in slow motion is tough to beat.

This is a visual sport and the river is looking good! Clearing water, active fish and river mallow in bloom, lining the islands are just a few reasons why I love this time of year in Illinois.

A huge and sincere thanks to everyone who has come out this year and expressed interest in this guide service. Plenty of spots are open for late August and September. I hope everyone is having a great summer and has had a chance to enjoy some quality time on the water.

Boulder Boat Works
Tracy's first day fly fishing 

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