Fall = Change
We all think of change when we think of the fall of the year. As a fly fisher-woman, I immediately think about the upcoming winter spawn and HUGE fish. But, fall is a great time to go fishing for trout. With the cooler weather, there are some special things to take into consideration when fly fishing.
First, you have to dress a little differently in the fall. Cooler mornings mean you need to layer your clothing. Why not include a lightweight Columbia or Red Head fleece vest or jacket? This way when it warms up you won’t be sweating in your waders. I also carry a pair of lightweight gloves. We have both fingerless gloves and full fingered gloves in the fly shop. They are very reasonably priced and keep you from having to return to your car for warmth.
Secondly, I always check my tippet and leaders. You need to check these items periodically to make sure that they don’t get brittle or that you don’t just run out completely. We have a large selection of White River, Orvis, and Rio tippet and leaders. While you are checking your gear, when was the last time that you cleaned your fly line? If you can’t remember then you probably need to clean it. I try to clean mine at least once a month. Not only does it make your line float better and cast easier but it extends the life of your fly line exponentially. Fly line cleaners are inexpensive and well worth the money. Come by the fly shop and we can show you how to properly clean your line.
Lastly, check your waders and boots. Have you cleaned your boots lately? If you have felt soles it is a great idea to spray them with bleach and water mixture. This cleans the bottoms and kills any aquatic invaders that you may be unknowingly carrying. One part bleach to 8 parts water mixed in a spray bottle will do the trick. Check your waders for small leaks make sure they are clean.