Fall can be a great time of year to fish a fly. The Brown Trout will start spawning near the end of September in many cases and will be in full force during October. At the higher elevations, the Cutts will be actively feeding in preparation for the long winter ahead, if you can locate them. Cutthroat can be a challenging species to target, but that’s what makes it so much fun! Get out there before Old Man Winter blankets the ground with a layer of snow.
With the low flows at this time of year, stealth is often the name of the game. Light tippet and small bugs can be helpful. A great presentation along with a drag free drift is critical. Fall can also be a great time of year to throw some dry flies. Fall can also be a great time of year to get out those streamers as well, you don’t need light tippet with streamers! Some guys will go moussing during a Full Moon as well. Night fishing can be tough, but it can also be very rewarding.
When fishing the spawn try to be aware of the Redds and the actively spawning fish. The spawning fish should be left alone, but you can target the deeper pools and swifter deeper runs for feeding fish. Many bodies of water are stocked and do not rely on natural reproduction, but on the other hand, many are not stocked too much, and those are the fisheries were that we need to take extra care. Try to release the fish as quickly as possible and try to keep them in the water as much as possible. The less we handle the fish, the better off the fishery and the fish themselves will be. If we can all do our part, the better off the fish and the planet will be. If we can educate more often than criticize, our message will be taken in a kinder way. Thank you for taking the time to read this and thanks for doing your part to keep these resources pristine for future generations.