I have always been on the lookout for new ideas or tips to enhance my fall fishing. I have never been interested in counting how many fish I catch or how big or small they are but having a fish on the end of my tippet has never lost its thrill. I use the Internet frequently when looking for answers to problems or when I need to learn something new that I hadn’t known before. I find some websites about fly fishing very interesting and I can use them to glean some information about fall fishing that I didn’t know before.

Bill Bean

Bill Bean.

I scoured three different sites looking for something new that might help me fishing this fall and I found that all three sites were giving the same basic information or tips on fly fishing in the fall.

All three of the sites recommend that you should “mind the sun” or “mind your shadow.” I hadn’t thought about where my shadow was on the water or where the position of the sun was during fishing. It only makes sense to not cast a shadow on the water to spook the fish.

Water temperature was a key thought among the sites and we all know that the warmer the water temperatures in the fall, the better the fishing because of insect hatches.

The third recommendation that was popular was the use of terrestrial patterns in the fall. This is nothing new because fishermen know that the cool days produce terrestrials like ants, beetles and grasshoppers to fall into the river because of their lethargic behavior.

A couple of new suggestions caught me by surprise and I will take them to heart when fishing during the next couple of months. One recommendation was to wear fall-colored clothing to match the trees and bushes when fishing. This makes sense to me because of the low water levels the fish are much closer to the surface and they can see very well what is in the water and what is above the water. The recommendation went so far as to encourage the fishermen to wear camouflage clothing if possible.

Another recommendation that made sense to me is to use longer leaders and longer tippets in the fall. Since the fish can see so well we need to make sure that our line doesn’t cross the areas that they are feeding and can easily spook fish near the surface.

The last recommendation was to add a little motion to your fly pattern. If fishing with dry flies twitch the fly a little while it is floating downriver. This might encourage the hesitant trout to try to catch the fly. This is especially effective on brown trout that spawn in the fall. Brown trout are a very aggressive fish and want to protect their spawning beds at all costs.

Patterns recommended for fall fishing include all terrestrials and some stimulator patterns such as the parachute madam X or bring attractor patterns that float easily.