As we slide into the cooler months of the season we typically see fewer fish per day but our odds at one of those fish being a monster is far greater than the other months out of the season. It hasn't been a numbers game the past few weeks but we have been tangling with some seriously impressive trout. This is a favorite time of year for the die hard trophy trout hunters. Less angler pressure because of the colder weather and some of the largest of the year are caught around this time.
We have found that the fish have been keying in on midges and nypmhs a bit more recently than the bait fish we have been previously seeing them focus on the majority of the earlier season. Getting your flies in the strike zone and knowing the depth of the beach are you are fishing is key. These ledges have changed with currents and the rise and fall of the lake levels so don't assume everything is still the same. colder surface temps will make cruising and feeding fish more lethargic so being patient will be key.
Not to say stripping hasn’t been effective recently. It tried and true for large fish but with them being more lethargic sizing down flies or slowing retrieve can be effective when times are getting tough. Don’t be afraid to have both rigs ready and occasionally switch back and forth, but not too often to where we are wasting precious fishing time.
Put your time in to be successful this time of year. Don't just pack up and go home because the fish haven't rolled in yet. And when you think it's slow and pull your phone out of your pocket, take a drink of that soda, dig into your pocket for that snack or look away for a brief moment that bobber will vanish in no time. So when you turn back around and look for it....don't think, set that hook!
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Happy New Year to all !! The Pyramid Fly Co Team