This is how he describes the Mid-Summer season. That's the time my brother John and I showed up on those fabled banks. We were there together from July 19 to 24, and I was there on my own on July 27 and 28.
Choosing the best time for a trip to one of our sport's holy sites is always a crap shoot, but I'd say we really crapped out this time. I was at least fortunate enough to be there for two brief days as the PMD's popped again and the fishing began to pick up for a much better Late Summer season.
Those were two good days. But that Late Summer season? It was much better.
If you've ever fished the Ranch, and especially if you've ever hit the Honey Ant Jackpot, you will be interested to know that Late Summer was a good time for Honey Ants. McDaniel says there were three times when the ants fell three days in a row. Ka-ching.
Why couldn't we have been there then? August, and even September, used to be our preferred window. Well, you know how it goes: July made sense at the time, and fit all our other schedule demands. So you pays your money and you takes your chances.
But I'm going to go over McDaniel's report again. I'll be looking for clues, trends--a system--that can help me hit it right the next time I roll the dice on the Ranch.