5 Thoughts on Fall Fishing
Here are a few snaps and five thoughts on fishing for brown trout here in Colorado in the fall months.
Words: Will Rice (@will_rize)
1. Know Your Target
Although not native to the state or North America, brown trout are one of the pinnacle species for fly fishing enthusiasts – especially in Colorado. Brown trout (scientifically named Salmo trutta) is an anadromous fish that naturally reproduces in rivers across the state. For many trout anglers in the fall, browns are THE target species.
2. The “Where” is Pretty Easy
Brown trout are especially accessible in Colorado as they exist in just about every major river drainage and many smaller tributaries. Because of their prevalence, wade fishing can be just as productive as fishing from a raft or drift boat.
Fall River Float Trip Somewhere in Colorado
3. Brown Trout Love Streamers
In addition to having aggressive feeding and fighting tactics, brown trout eat a wide range of food sources. As fish bulk up for the winter season, they get extremely predatory which makes streamer fishing a tactic to think about. Browns will eat some of the largest insects that hatch in or near a river, as well as crawfish, other fish, and even mice… more on Mr. Mouse later.
A ShortCut River Quiver With Truck-Bed Mounts
All the benefits of a full length River Quiver... half the size
4. Steer Clear of Spawning Browns and Stay off of Redds
5. Don’t Overlook the Mouse
If you have never swung or skated a mouse pattern and watched a monster brown try to take advantage of the waking critter on the surface of the water… you’re missing out. Fishing a mouse pattern at the right time of the day can be even more productive than fishing a streamer or nymph sub surface.
For a deep dive tutorial on fly fishing with mouse patterns, check out this Mouse Guide from our friends over at Flylords.
Enjoy the fall fishing because winter fly fishing is just around the corner!