Fall is around the corner

August 11 – It looks as if our water temps have finally peaked a couple of weeks ago and we are beginning to finally see the temperatures on the decline. Our area has seen some very cool nights and rain in the past week or so which is a good thing. Some of the trees in the area are starting to change just a little which reminds us that September is almost here. Fishing has remained decent through August even with the warmer weather. A good nymphing strategy remains key but we are taking a few fish on the river with dry flies, small patterns though of the 16 and 18 variety, small caddis are still hatching sporadically and with water temps creeping back into the 60’s the fish are responding. Fish are still slower to move this time of year so location is key. Traditional soft hackle flies have also been productive, when fishing soft hackles controlling the speed of the swing is very important. You’ll want to make small mends throughout the drift to ensure as slow and steady swing as opposed to the more dramatic swings we use with streamers. As fall fishing approaches one of the things we really want to see is a steady decline in water temperature at the same time we see an incline in water level. This is the combination that equals incredible fall fishing and can really kick start the spawning runs of Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon. So as you plan your fall fishing trip to the area its not necessary to assume that the best fishing will be towards the end of September, sometimes a few rainy days and a couple of nights in the 30’s even towards the beginning of September can trigger the fish to really move into the river.