When Autumn rolls around, the weather cools off, the leaves start to change, and anglers around the world face new challenges in the water that are specific to the season. The conditions differ from the summer in that the streams and rivers are typically lower and clearer than during the summer. The water is not blanketed by crisp, newly fallen leaves, the water getting colder, and with the shorter days the sun angles change as well.
All of these challenges change the way anglers approach the Autumn opposed the summer. To solve the puzzle that is fly fishing in the Autumn, and to adapt to changing conditions, try out some of these helpful tips to give yourself the best day possible on the water.
As the days get shorter and winter approaches, the sun gets lower in the sky on a typical day compared to the summer. With lower sun angles throughout the day, longer shadows require an angler to more stealthy in the water. What you don’t want to happen here is the fish getting spooked by you. Make sure to pay attention to the sun’s position while you are out on the water. Paying close attention to your shadows, and where they are being cast will be crucial in your success.
As mentioned above, being mindful of the sun’s position is important, but low and clear water conditions makes it much easier to fish to see what’s going on above the water’s surface. As for any kind of hunting activity, your clothing is an important factor. To stay stealthy, stick to Autumn colors, or even camouflage if needed.
Know What You Are Fishing
Some species of fish spawn in the late summer and get more aggressive and agitated come the fall. These behavioural changes are a direct result of the spawning, which creates more competition, and increased territoriality. The upside to this is that makes the Autumn one of the best times to fly fish. With all of this said, thinking about the fly size, the color, and aim for a cranky fish can be important. These fish while aggressive, are more likely to chase and find streamers and other flies a disturbance to a trout trying to spawn.
Fly fishing in the Autumn can be one of the most challenging experiences, even for the most seasoned angler. Making sure you are properly prepared for the conditions you are about to face can help you find the most success. Good luck and have fun out on the water this fall!