The scorching afternoon heat in the dog days of the summer can bring many of our earlier prolific hatches to a screeching halt. However it is in this time that some of my favorite fishing takes place. Drifting a well tied hopper pattern under overhanging willows, and along grassy banks can save the day, and provide a lot of excitement. There are not many fish that can refuse the big meal. It can be fun to throw hoppers even if another hatch has fish looking up as well. Look for a head, and punch in this big realistic foam pattern and more often than not that fish will eat the big bug. Without a doubt this is my favorite time of the year.