I haven’t posted in a while, almost 3 weeks I think. Unfortunately there was a perfect storm of excessive work/travel for work, too many pressing personal obligations, coupled with terrible heat and drought that have come together to shut off my fishing outings lately. I hope to get over the hump here soon and get back to fishing and posting more often. With that being said, I have been traveling for work all over the state recently and can say that without a doubt the heat and drought are wreaking havoc. This is especially true for our trout fisheries, which rely on cold water. Trout, and other cold water fish, are often forced into smaller headwater-type streams to seek thermal refuge. It is these small streams that also tend to be hardest hit by the drought in many cases. Without access to cold water tributaries trout will congregate near any source of cold groundwater input, if available, or most likely perish. These conditions are extremely stressful for trout so it is wise to limit your fishing exclusively to tailwaters until conditions improve. This isn’t just in MA either. I just read the other day that Montana is completely closing the Jefferson and Big Hole Rivers to fishing because of drought and heat.
Has anybody had any luck on some of our local or regional tailwaters? I’d like to hear about how other people feel about targeting trout during these conditions and how everyone gets there fishing fix when it’s so hot and dry.