For anybody well versed at fly fishing in the Rocky Mountain West, there is little doubt that Fall is one of the best times of year for fishing. The mountains are lit in vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red, river flows are low and clear, trout are hungry and aggressive in anticipation of winter, and crowds are typically non existent. Yet despite the long list of advantages to fishing this time of year, a successful day on the water isn’t always a certainty. This usually has not to do with poor fishing conditions, but rather simple misunderstandings on the part of the fisherman. In hopes of providing some wisdom on this issue, as well as maximizing your time on the water, here are a few suggestions for any angler venturing out during the Fall.
The Early Bird Doesn’t Always Catch the Worm: while being the first angler on the water is a proven advantage during the summer months, this strategy won’t always prove as successful during the fall. The reason being that as we progress into fall, night time and morning temperatures begin to fall, leading to much colder water temperatures during the early and late times of day.
As Fall approaches every year, there are certain givens that we can all expect. The days are going to get shorter, the fishing is going to get better, and we’re about to be inundated with tons of NEW product for the upcoming year.
Sage let the cat out of the bag a bit early this year with their debut of the NEW SAGE VXP Fly Rod Series. Available in 3 wt. – 10 wt., the VXP is a versatile fly rod that is as comfortable on a small high country stream as it is on an open salt water flat. The real exciting buzz about this rod lies beneath the classic green color and layers of gloss… this fly rod is essentially a remake of the ever popular XP series that was discontinued about 4 years ago! And starting at $485, this fly rod is a steal. We’ve got 4 wt. – 6 wt. in the shop, so be sure and come by give one a test drive.