August gets tough as both the water clarity gets gin, and the temperatures rise. I've had a lot of fish lazily follow my fly, but most turn away as soon as they see me.
I've dropped the wire leader altogether and thinned down to 2x flourocarbon, and that's helped a little. Luckily, I haven't lost a fish yet to mono, but I'm sure I will soon.
I suspect that September and October will be good. So I'll use my time wisely to take care of non-fishing related matters now and try and keep the fall responsibility-free.
Yesterday on the Lower river, I found a pod of Largemouth schooled up in some submerged tree stumps. I had repeated rejections until I switched to a small popper and 3x mono, and that did the trick. They're a lot of fun, but I still don't get why they're the most popular N. American gamefish. They fight like old men.