Fly Fishing For Dummies
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Fish don’t do much if water is too hot or too cold, so you might not want to waste your time fly fishing in certain weather conditions. Use this guide, (along with a thermometer) to decide if you’re going to fish or stay home and clean your fly gear. (All temperatures are in Fahrenheit.)

Type of Fish Lower Limit Optimum Upper Limit
Freshwater
Bluegill 58˚ 69˚ 75˚
Brook Trout 44˚ 58˚ 70˚
Brown Trout 44˚ 56˚– 65˚ 75˚
Channel Catfish 55˚ 82˚– 89˚ na
Coho Salmon 44˚ 54˚ 60˚
Lake Trout 42˚ 50˚– 59˚ na
Largemouth Bass 50˚ 65˚– 75˚ 85˚
Muskellunge 55˚ 63˚ 72˚
Northern Pike 56˚ 63˚ 74˚
Rainbow Trout 44˚ 61˚ 75˚
Smallmouth Bass 60˚ 65˚– 68˚ 73˚
Walleye 50˚ 67˚ 76˚
Saltwater
Bluefish 50˚ 62˚– 72˚ 84˚
Bonefish 64˚ 75˚ 88˚
Cod 31˚ 44˚– 49˚ 59˚
Dolphin Fish 70˚ 75˚ 82˚
Fluke 56˚ 66˚ 72˚
Red Snapper 50˚ 57˚ 62˚
Redfish 52˚ 71˚ 90˚
Snook 69˚ 70˚– 75˚ 90˚
Speckled Trout 48˚ 72˚ 81˚
Tarpon 74˚ na 100˚+

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Peter Kaminsky's Outdoors column has appeared for many years in the New York Times. His books on fly fishing include The Moon Pulled Up An Acre of Bass, American Waters, and The Flyfisherman's Guide To The Meaning of Life. His fishing writing has appeared in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Flyfisherman, Anglers Journal, New York Magazine, and GQ. He is the former managing editor of National Lampoon.

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