On the Fly column: Some tips for fishing low and slow water | PostIndependent.com

On the Fly column: Some tips for fishing low and slow water

Guide Shannon Outing and client Crystal Sullivan enjoy a recent Roaring Fork River outing.
Crystal Sullivan |

Leaves are dropping, and angling pressure certainly has dropped off, too. The peace of off-season is seemingly resonating softly throughout the valley. During this time of year with lower water flows and cooler weather, anglers should take note of numerous factors to continue their inherent 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 are focus on the slower, deeper pools, and get your flies down deep during nonhatch 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 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 tungsten hoovers, the bling, rojo midges, top secret midge, tidbits and medallion midges. For the meaty streamer stuff try autumn splendors, stinging sculpins, ziwis and bellyaches. 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 fall 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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