Oppressively hot as you all know. But a very rare occurrence presented itself. I was without wife and kids for almost the entire day. So the heat could not be allowed to stop me. I got out early morning and fished til 11:00 a.m. The high, murky water must be keeping the fish cool enough because the heat wave didn't seem to bother them at all. I was only briefly concerned that the jump in flows would mess with the topwater bite. It didn't take long for the fish to reassure me.
Even with the free mid-day hours, I had to duck the hottest part of the day. Headed back out around 3:00 p.m. Even then I knew I'd need to hide under bridges for a few more hours. So I planned my route accordingly. I also only brought the Whopper Plopper and a 4" paddle tail with some jig heads so that I could empty my backpack and load it with fluids. Kept the WP on mostly but would swap out to the paddle tail when current made the topwater impractical.
This little dude swam right up to me and did circles around me as I waded. They're curious and playful little fellows, and seem to be doing well on the river.
I was pretty proud of myself actually. A long day of wading and stomping through tall grass in the heat didn't really phase me. Still got it.
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