July is upon us and as usual and fishing is still good but you have to know where to go. Some of the lakes are experiencing some pretty warm temperatures. A couple of weeks ago Christmas Tree was measuring 69 degrees and that is getting a little warm for Apache trout. I have stopped running trips there because catching trout in that warm of water puts too much stress on them and they don’t revive well.
So what are the options? Streams are always good this time of year. In most places the water stays cold and with the rainy afternoons they will be a little off color which tends to improve the fishing.
We are still seeing big browns on streamers and I have had two clients break off big fish over the last week. One of these was on 3x which is about 8 lb tippet. It is never fun when we lose these big fish but it sure does make for a good fish story. We still have some open days in July and we love to teach experienced anglers how to catch big fish in small water.