West Virginia guide Jacob Ott on busman's holiday in western NY
The end of July is the beginning of the period that I most enjoy muskie fly fishing. The fish have found their summer and early autumn ambush lies and under the right conditions can be quite aggressive. I fished the other day with WV guide Jacob Ott who grew up in western NY. It was a nice homecoming as he landed a good fish late in the day on one of his patterns tied in chartreuse. With good length but sparsely tied, it was the perfect pattern to cast into stiff 15 to 20 mph winds. Last week Steve Wascher, Justin Damude and myself floated an intimate PA muskie river. We hooked three and had at least three other follows on one of the hottest days I have ever fished. Now is the time to get after some muskie!