Arguably one of the main reasons we tough out the brutal winters of the north, summer brings an abundance of daylight to the region allowing all species of flora and fauna to prosper for a few months.
Typically muskies are wrapping up their spawning by the end of May and as the water hits summer temperatures they tend to feed heavily to replenish from the rigors of reproduction and a long winter under the ice. June is an excellent month to target musky on the fly! Keyed in to rising water temps they take advantage of the longest days of the year, aggressively feeding during daylight hours. Mid- to late-summer finds the muskies concentrating a bit more on low light periods for their hunting, although mid-day fishing can still be quite good, especially during periods of transitional weather.
Smallmouth bass normally finish spawning by mid-June and start stuffing their faces again by the end of the month as the water continues to warm. Smallmouth fishing only improves as the summer progresses. The hot summer days of July and August provide a great opportunity to catch LOTS of these hard-fighting, high-jumping predators, especially on topwater flies!
Late-July into early-August is also a great time to head north to Alaska. Sockeye salmon runs not only provide some top-notch edible souvenirs but also draw large populations of native rainbows into the upper reaches of the big river systems. Check out the Alaska page for more info on wilderness float trips in the Copper River Valley.