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Get Set For FABULOUS Fall Fishing! Viewed 2,052 timesBy: Vic Nelson
Published for Logan, Utah (Area-Info.net Sep. 01, 2011)
Fall: the month of big flies and even bigger trout.
Fall, spawning, streamers--these three words have been echoing through my mind quite a bit lately. To many people, fall is a time of changing colors, trick or treat outings and candy.
For me, fall is a time of fishing in the early hours after midnight with high speed rods and large streamers. Fall is the ideal time for standing in a cold river and skating large caddis or stripping large streamers.
I think this fall will be insane. With the copious amounts of water we’ve had, there has been a boom in vegetation growth with a resulting explosion in the hopper population and other bugs and rodents feeding on hoppers. I have already caught five of the largest browns of my life this year on hoppers and streamers.
Here’s my favorite lineup of flies for the coming fall:
1) Sculpzilla. A nasty looking tungsten head Sculpin streamer with a trailing hook that has a tendency to entice large browns and rainbows.
2) Rainy’s Grand Hopper. This large foam hopper looks extremely realistic not only in the bin but also in the water. It rides a little lower in the water making it slightly harder to see but giving an incredibly realistic profile. The fly’s potency was proven to me on a recent trip with fellow guide Clarence where I hooked a big brown that took the fly so violently it sounded like a small depth charge detonating.
3) Fat Albert. This foam hopper pattern uses long wiggling rubber legs to entice large trout into destroying the fly.
4) Near Nuff Sculpin. This pattern originated by Dave Whitlock looks incredibly realistic and produces fish almost without fail.
5) Otter’s Soft Milking Egg. Yes, fishing an egg is considered cheating by many, but if you aren’t winning you aren’t cheating and this fly is a winner.
For those of you who think you will be too busy to fish this fall (with school, work, golf, or whatever other reasons), I suggest you put a little effort into making it out onto the river. I expect to catch even more of those big browns and hungry cutthroats this fall!
Assistant Guide, RoundRocks Fly Fishing
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