THEY used to call late summer the ‘dog days’ – those hazy, lazy afternoons when the fish (and often the anglers) are in a dozy, lethargic state.
Look for breaks in the weather and, if you can, coincide your fishing with fresher weather coming in from the Atlantic.
Sudden drops in air pressure with thunderstorms and stronger winds can be the very best conditions when they follow a spell of still, hot weather.
It can also really pay to keep active on those hot days – if you spend them sweating away in your bivvy then you will be missing opportunities.
If my swim looks devoid of fish, I will often wind in and go looking for them. In hot weather they aren’t usually too hard to find. A couple of hours of stalking under some shady bushes, or a bit of floater fishing, can often bring very satisfying bonus action. It’s there waiting for the first angler who can be bothered to go and have a good look.
Finally, late summer brings with it a myriad of biting beasties – fish without a mosquito mesh and some insect repellent at your peril!