Well its officially the season you have to work harder to catch fish. Shorter days and colder weather changes the way fish eat and what they eat. The Jackson River near Covington, Va has fished well this Fall but this week water temperatures have dropped below 50 degrees. When the water temp gets near 45 degrees you have to make a lot of drifts to hit them in the nose. Colder water brings down their metabolism and trout generally will not move far for their food. With the October caddis disappearing, and occasional blue winged olives starting to peter off, midges will become the main food source for trout for the next few months. Don’t get discouraged with this info just know you will have to work harder for your bites.
Yesterday the air temps made it just over 60 degrees. It was a beautiful day to be out on the water. My client and I decided to give smallmouth bass one more day before the real cold temps start. I was surprised how well the fish ate yesterday from 9am to 3pm. My client landed 20 smallmouth bass on the fly and lost some others. Great late Fall day after smallmouth bass. I hope to get out a few more times before it gets to cold.
Musky fisherman are a special breed, especially the musky angler that only target musky. I personally enjoy catching fish, who doesn’t? I am disciplined enough now at my older age to be patient and wait for the right conditions. That being said, thats why you haven’t seen any musky post yet on social media or my blog this Fall. Water levels have been low and clarity very clear. Water temps are now low enough to push the musky into Wintering holes. With the low water they can see you coming and your presentation. I’m just waiting patiently for the water to come up from rain and the clarity to become green in color versus I can see the eyes of crayfish six feet deep. It won’t be long and I’ll be hunting down the fish of 10,000 cast.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy fishing!