On the Fly column: Fishing tips for cooler weather | PostIndependent.com

On the Fly column: Fishing tips for cooler weather

A meat-eating Roaring Fork brown trout
Scott Spooner

Leaves are turning and angling pressure has begun to drop off. The peace of off-season is almost on our doorstep. This time of year as cooler weather begins, anglers should take note of numerous factors to continue their success on local waters. This past week float and wade fishing throughout the valley has remained quite consistent.

The factors anglers need to be considering as we move into shorter and cooler days will be focusing on the slower deeper pools — and get your flies down deep during non-hatch periods. Water temperatures have been cooling off, and trout will begin to seek the warmth of slower, deeper pools and runs. This cooling off also reduces their activity periods throughout the day. Thus, late morning throughout early afternoons are generally the best times to target fish. This is not to say that you cannot have good fishing earlier or later, but bankers’ hours will be most consistent day in and day out.

Stay on the technical side of things with your flies, leader and tippets. Low, slow and clear water means tiny 18-22 midge and baetis patterns attached to 5X, 6X and — yes — 7X tippets. Plenty of weight is needed to bounce your offerings along the bottom where fish will be stacked up. Overall the key to finding fish throughout the fall is time, depth and technique. The only variable to this will be swinging or stripping large streamers to produce some more violent takes.

Favorite technical patterns are Blings, Sidewinders, Jerome Baetis, RS2s and Freestone Emergers. For the meaty streamer stuff, try Autumn Splendors, Gongas, Ziwis, Meal Tickets, Dungeons and Peanut Envies. Stop in your favorite shop and get the inside scoop for the day, have them write you a sick note and go enjoy some hot fishing.

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 taylorcreek.com.

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