On the Fly: Angling on trout time
November 4, 2015
Time is of the essence this week. With daylight saving entering the equation and weather temperatures lowering, remember to adjust your fishing times accordingly!
There is not a real need to get out early. Late mornings — let's say 11 a.m. on — are when fishing activity will begin to pick up and overall activity levels will increase steadily throughout the afternoons. Trout and their food sources are very sensitive to water temps, and their activity levels peak during optimum water temps. The hour difference and lower temperatures in general are going to mean fishing will be best from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the sweet spot being noon to 4 p.m.
Every season at this time, we encounter many anglers who simply forget to adjust to the time change and the annual cool-down. This often can mean poor fishing if an angler simply has only an hour or two to hit local waters. Getting out at 9 a.m. right now is actually still 8 a.m. in the trout's world, and they will be a bit sluggish. Look for insect hatches, currently composed of blue-winged olives and midges, to be an hour later on your watch; in their world, the time is dictated by water temperatures.
Take advantage of offseason's peak, and enjoy the serenity of very few anglers on local waters! This week, the key nymphs have been glo-bugs, rojo midges, pulsating emergers, copper-ribbed foam RS IIs, micro mayflies, peacock beaded little mayflys and pheasant-tail STDs. The Fryingpan River is offering up some strong dry-fly opportunities, and you can bet this wet, snowy weather will only supercharge the blue-winged olive hatch! Get you Gore-Tex on, and make sure you have a handful of flag duns, perfect baetis, HOH biot duns, para emergers and, yes, your 7X tippet. Just remember you can have all the right flies but with low, clear, late-season water, tippet size is crucial to success. Drop into your local shop to pick up some daily essentials, find out where it's been hot, and go hit the water.
This column is provided weekly by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374.