After the leaves have changed color and fallen off and the days continue to get shorter trout start striking at flies differently. This is largely due to the change in water temperature. The colder water and reduced sunlight changes the population of aquatic bugs. Here are few tips for successful late fall trout fly fishing.
Because fish are cold blooded animals, the cooler water causes their body to become sluggish. Trout are always trying to conserve energy but this time of year, they really conserve energy. They will eat fewer times during the day. Generally, they will eat in the early morning as the water starts getting warmer and then again in the late afternoon when the water is at it warmest point.
Brown trout and brook trout are spawning in the later fall and early winter. This means that using a simple salmon egg imitator, a small bright orange pompom glued on a #12 fishing hook size will be very attractive. The best place to use this is 100 yards or so before the redds but check the fishing regulations to make sure this is legal.
It is always helpful to seine the bottom of the stream you are fishing. This shows you what aquatic bugs are living there. Even if you don’t know the name of the bug you can match it to one in your fly box. This time of the year it is also helpful to use bead headed flies. The bead head keeps the fly at the bottom of the stream as well as attracts the trout’s attention.
If the fishing slows down there is always trout fishing games and other free online fishing games to fill the time until the trout get hungry again.
This has been a guest post from World Fishing Network.