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Staff Picks: Summer Trout

Staff Picks: Summer Trout

Float On

First Lite's Founder, Scott Robinson, fishes from a float tube to rising rainbows on a spring creek in southwestern Montana.
Photo: Jed Conklin

Scott Robinson: Founder and Owner

Fly fishing for rising trout in the summer months is both a relaxing and focused activity. I enjoy the planning of the trip – what time of day, what section of stream, what bugs will be around, will it be windy, how warm/cold will it be, will there be a shower, etc. Proper gear selection is critical to both having success and landing fish as well as enjoying the experience of being outdoors and on the river/lake. Choosing the best clothing for being out on a hot summer day that starts cool, warm quickly and then cools slowly until the sun sets is not an easy task. I like to layer with the Aerowool Benmore boxer brief under a pair of Corrugate Guide shorts with a pair of Mountain Athlete crew socks under my breathable waders. This is a versatile combo that will keep you comfortable all day whether your waders are on or you decide to wet wade. On top, I start with an Aerowool Minaret Crew that I will wear all day. I prefer long sleeves versus short for sun protection but a Minaret SS will work as well. For the cool mornings and after sunset, I’ll have a Chama Hoody to keep me warm yet breath nicely if it starts to get too warm. For additional sun protection, I like to wear a 5 Panel hat with an Aerowool neck gaiter. Finally, I’ll bring along a Vapor Stormlightt jacket in case an afternoon thunderstorm or mountain shower rolls through. For me personally, when fishing more challenging waters such a slow moving spring creeks or heavily pressured freestone rivers, I like to use camouflage for my shirt, neck and head as I do feel that breaking up your shape above the water can help relax the fish and prevent them from spooking out of an area. For this, I like either Fusion or Cipher depending on whether the backdrop is dry and arid or green and lush.

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