With the temperatures falling below 32 Fahrenheit, the bug hatches cease. The trout weary in their spawning become lethargic and very hard to catch. Trout and salmon are no longer looking up for insects, but are feeding on streamers (Minnows) and some free floating larva. The challenge is wet flies. Many of us, me included, look for rising temperatures or an Indian Summer to trigger a last chance hatch. Some fly fishing anglers however will not surrender. Cold temperatures of late October still offer some trout fishing opportunities, but dedication is paramount, success is limited.
Rain, sleet, snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast. I feel that at least one more warm period is in the near future. It is for that reason my waders are at the ready as I am not willing to retire 2013.
Look for cooler temperatures for the next week with hopefully one more 60 F front to end the dry fly season. It is a transitional time of the year with Ruffed Grouse season upon us, and the Whitetail season only weeks away...their still is much to do for the outdoor sportsman. It is a local boys favorite time of the year. Trout, salmon, grouse, whitetail deer...what's a guy to do, live & enjoy.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.