Fast and furious fall fishing |

Fast and furious fall fishing

Kirk Webb
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Fly-fishers love autumn. How could they not? The rivers are all low and clear, the hatches are still prevalent, the foliage is breathtaking and the crowds of summer are now long gone.

Fall fishing is all about big fish and aggressive fish. Whether it’s chasing the big browns on the Colorado with streamers the size of a sock, fishing the myriad hatches of insects on the Fryingpan, or nymphing the deep plunge pools and seams along the Roaring Fork, fall fishing is nothing short of fabulous.

In the coming weeks you’ll notice that the brown trout become more active than they’ve been all year.

Their colorations mirror the warm hues of their surroundings.

Brown trout, as well as whitefish, spawn during the fall months.

The deposited eggs will litter the river bottom as the nonspawning fish actively gorge on these protein-packed morsels.

Egg patterns in various sizes and colors will fish well on all rivers for the next two months on all valley waters.

Our float staff relishes the overcast days, early mornings and late evenings for the year’s best streamer fishing.

Natural-colored streamers often fish best, though at times light- and dark-colored patterns can also fish well and with surprising results.

Keep in mind that, more often than not, streamer fishing isn’t always about having the right fly as much as it is about finding the right speed of retrieve.

This can vary day to day, thus experimenting with your retrieve will often pay off in huge dividends and big fish.

This is fast-paced fishing and is not recommended for neophyte anglers – good casters will enjoy the challenge of putting large flies into tight spots.

Streamers will fish best when they are tied on with a loop knot, such as a Uni Loop or Homer Rhode Loop knot.

A loop knot enables your streamer to move and swim more effectively in comparison to a fly that’s tied on directly to the eye of the hook.

Tandem streamer rigs are most effective when fished out of a drift boat or raft. A small streamer followed by a larger streamer is an effective presentation to imitate the large fish chasing a smaller fish scenario.

We will also fish a light-colored streamer in conjunction with a darker-colored streamer to aid in figuring out which color tone the fish have a preference for on any given day.

– This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at (970) 927-4374 or

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