Oh how I enjoy fall fly fishing. Cool, colorful and quiet. Jim and I fished, weather permitting, almost every nice day this past month.
My writing hiatus is over and evaluating the season is the job at hand. October 1st was the close of most inland streams as Brook and Brown Trout begin to spawn. (Some special areas are available for Gear Restricted (GR) no possession fly fishing.)
The opportunity to watch spawning trout is exciting, but what about the year in general? I did not have those 40 fish afternoons, what I did have was 10-20 fish afternoons with several 12 to 14 inch Brook Trout netted. Many of my friends landed a dozen large trout, beating their past years best many times. Even I bested my biggest day time Brown Trout at almost 2 feet in size. It was the year of the large trout.
I have always said there is no such thing as the balance of nature, rather nature is always trying to balance itself. Cool rainy summer, high water, more bugs for the fish and fish numbers increase. Hot summers, less rain, fewer bugs and fish numbers drop. It's up and down, but never that perfect balance.
The big change this season was the large number of fly fishing people we saw at most places in several rivers. In many of my favorite spots! However after Labor Day, the crowds dwindled and those same spots gave up some of the biggest trout in years. It's all about stealth, proper float, good fly selection. The trout can't refuse. My advantage is, I can go fly fishing when the time is right...anytime of the year. Late May / early June or September are the best.
Now comes October, it too can be a great fly fishing month. It takes a period of balmy days with no wind. October is a wait and see game. So when those 60 F days do come this time of the year there can be no excuses...time is running out, winter and snow is just a few weather patterns away.
So it's been a party, 2014 was a great year! Photo...last Sunday of the possession trout season.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.