Fall Stillwater fly fishing season is in full swing, and the weather at 3500 feet is reminiscent of early December! In the fall, fish will often begin to key in on staple food sources such as scuds, leeches and bloodworms. These are meals that are readily available when no emergences are taking place. Leeches are a great pattern all year, but in the fall they can yield some incredible action.
Medium Sink/Hand Twist – Fishing leeches on a moderate to slow full-sinking line (my favourite line is the SA Sonar Int./S1/S3) coupled with a hand twist retrieve at various speeds can produce some awesome grabs. You can vary your retrieve by stripping slowly or twitching the fly back to you. More often than not, a short pause to allow the fly to fall and undulate can be just enough to get a fish to commit.
Strike Indicator – October is upon us, which means that some high elevation lakes are going to be seeing some rapidly dropping water temperatures over the next week or so. As fish begin to prepare for winter, they will often feed for short lengths of time in shallow water before sliding back out to the safety of the depths. This is a great time for stillwater anglers to capitalize on these fish by hanging a leech under your strike indicator. Make sure that the fly is not touching bottom. often times when the water temperatures really hit the basement fish will not be moving with any substantial amount of speed, allowing the strike indicator to hold your presentation at depth for as long as possible can be the ticket at times.
There is still so much fall Stillwater fly fishing action to come, to inquire on a guided fly fishing trip in the Kamloops area please fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible!