I love waking up early. I love being on the water as the sun is coming up, even days not spent fishing those early hours of the day are my favourite. But is it necessary to have your lines down first thing in the morning when stillwater fishing season rolls around? I don’t think so.
I used to be adamant about launching the boat first thing, but found myself doing a lot of sitting and waiting for the bite to start. You can pick up fish on a variety of flies early including leeches, scuds and attractor patterns but I do not find chironomid fishing and first light necessarily go hand-in-hand.
This was a nice morning, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a power nap in my boat after realizing I could’ve slept another hour or 3
Especially early or late in the season, chironomids will often hatch through the warmest part of the day. Many days have been spent wondering if the bite will come on or not, only to have the switch flip at 1pm and have an afternoon full of action.
Of course, chironomids aren’t the only game and if you want to have good fishing early, late or days when there is no hatch then you need to learn to diversify your approach. As far as the chironomid game goes though, I am a firm believer that there is rarely a need to be on the water first thing.
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