When it comes to catching bass, and a lot of them, the fall season is one of the best times. It’s during this time period that the fish are on the move, fattening up after the hot summer months, and just before the water cools down for the year, making them incredibly aggressive. If you’re looking to catch more fish during this fall season, you’ll want to take a look at some of our proven tips.
Tip #1: “Match The Hatch” – Ok, ok. You’ve got me. I’m not talking about the hatches of bugs, and aquatic creatures, but it goes along the same lines. Rather than throwing topwaters like you’d get away with during the summer, figure out what the bass are going to be feeding on. During the fall they usually start filling up on shad, and crayfish again. If you want the best chances of catching them, try to match your flies, and their presentation, as closely as you can to what the fish want.
Tip #2: Move Your Flies Quicker – During the fall everything is picking up in speed. As the summer heated up the air temperature, as well as the water temperature, everything tends to slow down and conserve its energy. As the water begins cooling again, though, everything starts picking up speed again, which means your flies need to do the same. Try moving them in quick motions, matching the presentation to how the forage you are trying to mimic would act under the water.
Tip #3: Work The Area Hard – You don’t have to only target structure during this time of year. As the water starts cooling down the fish are going to become a lot more active, and start moving away from the structure to target their food. As long as you can track down what they are feeding on, whether baitfish, insects, or bottom feeders, you can catch them. Getting away from the structure will also increase your chances because of the sheer amount of anglers that target these areas during the spring and summer months.
These are my 3 quick tips for fly fishing for bass during the fall. If you have any tips that you’d like to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Until next time, tight lines from BassFlyFishing.net!