10 tips for fly fishing during the fall season

Fall Fishing Seneca Rocks

1. Fish all day. Until the mornings get really cold. Cooler temperatures combined with trout bulking up for the winter make productive fishing all day. Take advantage of it because the feeding window becomes smaller and smaller as winter sets in.

2. Long leaders for wary trout. Most often water flows will be at their lowest through the autumn months. This means that you will need to make longer casts with finer tippets. Six and seven X rule the day for dry fly fishing. Nymphing quiet waters will require long tippets too.

3. Soft bobbers. Nymphing is always a good tactic; it just requires some tweaking for fall conditions. Use a curly-q, or one of my favorites New Zealand wool indicators.

4. Fish the edges. Just like you’ve been doing through the summer, continue to cover the edges for bank feeding trout. That doesn’t mean all of the trout will be there but the bank feeders haven’t left yet.

5. Nature-made camouflage. Having trouble creeping up on your target? Use the broken water to shield your approach. Fish the tops of the pools, riffles and pocket waters.

6. Man-made camouflage. Go all out Rambo. Take a tip from the archery guys and wear camouflage including your face.

7. No flashing. Hide those nifty tools that sparkle in the sunlight.

8. Plop goes the beetle. You heard it here before. It’s a great tactic in the fall too.

9. Streamer Love. This is one of the best times of the year to throw streamers. Get those articulated creatures out to play.

10. Iso dreams. Seek out a stream that has an Isonychia population. It’s a great fall hatch and don’t be afraid to fish it with an Iso nymph.

Beginners Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout, book cover
Beginners Guide to Fly Fishing for Trout

2 thoughts on “10 tips for fly fishing during the fall season”

  1. Leo,

    Great issue.

    I particularly enjoyed the Isonychia article having had a few good days with them in the past. And the page with additional, detailed info was great. I do not remember seeing that format in previous issues but would definitely encourage its use more frequently.

    I have also done well plopping beetles, particularly in the streams in and surrounding Ligonier. When next we see each other, give a shout as I would like to show you an uusual “plopper” design I picked up from a fellow while fishing the delayed harvest area of the Loyalhanna.

    I would also like to talk with you further regarding nymph fishing and a strike indicator I am working on for a nymph fisherman with macular degeneration.

    All the best to you and I look forward to seeing you soon.

    Bob A. DeMarcki

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