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Five Facts About Fall Fly-Fishing

10/12/2017 03:53PM ● By Alesha Damerville

Five Facts About Fall Fly-Fishing

1. Fall brings cooler water temperatures, which the fish like. They become more active and are easier to catch.

2. Catching fish in the fall is easily done, there are good hatches and the fish are actively feeding most of the day.

3. Use longer leaders, they
 can help especially when you are fishing to spooky fish.  You can get a more delicate presentation with a longer leader.

Colder water is good for the fish, we would way rather it be cold then too warm. However, when it gets really cold, the fish can be a bit lethargic until it warms up a little.

Photo provided by Johnny Spillane

 5. This time of year Blue Wing Olive hatch as well as Mahogany's.  The fish are generally most active on the surface during overcast days.

Article sponsored by Johnny Spillane, Steamboat FlyFisher
Spillane, born and raised in Steamboat Springs and was a successful Nordic Combined skier competing in the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games. In 2010, Johnny won 3 Silver medals in the Vancouver Olympics. Johnny has been a fly fisherman his whole life and has been guiding since 2001. In 2013, Johnny purchased Steamboat Flyfisher and is currently the owner with Rob Burden.