Others simply choose to avoid the cooler temps and occasional gusting winds that can tangle even the best casters.
As hatches become less common and dry fly activity diminishes, nymphs and streamers become more popular. This is a great time to tie on a copper john, hare’s ear or muddler minnow and find out what’s holding in smaller runs and pocket water.
This weekend I caught an 18″ rainbow using a 3-nymph rig comprised of a stonefly, prince, and copper john. It was the copper john that did the trick.
Unfortunately, fall also brings some unwanted species, namely the dreaded leaf fish. Whether it finds you at the end of a dry fly drift or a nymphing lift, it suddenly instills a sense of hope that dissipates just as quickly.
Past experiences have proven that they are easy to catch and release. Luckily, many leaf fish never make it to the net.