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The Autumnal Aura - October First, 2023

Fall fishing will be at its finest this week. Get out there! The leaves are still hanging on, the reflections of foliage are breathtaking and the fish are starting to move and fatten up for the winter. This is the counterpart to our, “our” meaning anglers who use a fly, second favorite time of year. Personally, it is my most favorite. Do not let me speak for the rest of the fly fishing community - the group is too broad and deep to make such generalizations.


Let me rephrase: this is, perhaps, the second best time of year to be an angler with a fly in the East of these great United States. Why? Trout are looking up once again and feeding on the fall harvest of second brood Isonychia and, of course, the fall caddis. I would suggest the “favorite” time to fish - for trout- with a dry fly - in the East of these great United States - would be in the Spring and the May fly hatches. I love them, too. But the quiet, cool and stillness of a pool in October is my jam. I usually start fishing with small midge and egg patterns, often a wooly bugger or small streamer, but my eyes and ears are always waiting to see or hear the tell-tale signs of sipping fish.


George C., a familiar name to conservationists and anglers alike, would remind folks to key in on an idea of why certain times are the “best” time to fish. Early morning and evening, the change of seasons, are when the water experiences fluctuations in temperature and these are what the aquatic insects are waiting for. The recent rain and spate of cloudy days made for an exquisite early Fall mornings this weekend should usher in a fine week of Fall fishing.


The tributaries, flowing in from the highlands to the piedmont portion of the state, swollen and running clear, are a fun place to poke around. It can be a challenge, but the reward of a sleek little brownie or a chubby native brook trout is worth the brambles and scratches. Swing by the shop and check out some of our small stream rods from Redington and Douglas. We’ll pair it with the Redington Zero or a Lamson Remix combo pack, including a spools for 3, 4, and 5 weight lines - this setup can quickly change from your trib rod to an 8’6” 4 weight dry fly rod or a 9 to 10 footer, ready for streamers and larger dry dropper rigs.


We have only a week to wait before thousands of stocked fish will find their way into your local rivers, lakes, and ponds. Stock up for the Winter on tying materials, flies, and think about a new line for your Salmon or Steelhead reel. Our own Conor D. is MIA from the shop this weekend. Perhaps he can report next week about the situation in Pulaski and surrounding streams.


See you out there.

Roy B.


Similar to previous hatch chart but emphasis on Caddis and BWO's.


Morning - Afternoon until 2 pm:

Trico Tricorythodes Trico #22

Green Sedge Rhyacophila spp. #12-14 Henryville Special, Olive LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa #14-16, Baetis sp. (Vagans, Levitans etc.) RS2 Grey, BWO #18-22, WD 40 #18-22, Pheasant Tail Nymph #18-22 Adams, BWO #18-22

Midges Black Zebra Midge, Red Zebra Midge, Rainbow Warrior #18-22


Late Afternoon-Dusk:

Dot Wing Sedge Neophylax spp. #14-18 Tan Elk Hair Caddis, Tan LaFontaine's Sparkle Pupa #14-18

Slate Drake aka. Iso. Isonychia bicolor Iso Dun or Parachute #12-14 Iso Emerger , Iso Nymph, Prince or Zug Bug

October Caddis Pycnopsyche spp. Orange Stimulator #12

Cream Cahill Maccaffertium modestum Light Cahill, Sulphur #14

Little Evening Yellow Leucrocuta hebe Sulphur #18-20

Baetis sp. (Vagans, Levitans etc.) Adams, BWO #18-22

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