5 new ways to fish for trout this fall

The seasons change and so do we. Trout fishing in autumn is different from spring and summer for several reasons.

5 autumn trout fishing spots to consider

1. Find the perfect water temperature. When the water temperature is between 55 and 65 degrees, a trout will process a stomach full of food a day. If it is higher or lower, they process the same stomach full of food every four days. The summer heat is subsiding, so look for the perfect temperature to catch trout.

2. Big and small bait. When trout fishing in the fall, you will see food large or small. Land dwellers, land based insects that blow into the water, are a common food for trout. Crickets, ants and grasshoppers belong to this food group. Aquatic insects like olives and blue winged mosquitoes tend to be smaller, while isonychia and whiteflies are large. See what’s in the water and give the trout what it wants!

3. Meat eater. Winter is getting closer. So when there are minimal insect hatches, trout will feed heavily on baitfish. Live bait, streamers and bucktails, as well as leeches and crabs are the best trout baits in deeper runs and pools.

4. Don’t rule out attractor fly patterns. Fish try to get some calories, so they are aggressive. Bright, eye-catching spoons and spinners as well as brightly colored flies ignite trout. The eye-catching fly patterns may not have worked when the summer trout were selective, but try them out in the fall. After a rain where the clarity of the water is cloudy is an excellent time to try this trout fishing technique.

5th approach. While hot days made the fish sluggish and selective, the cooler waters made them look. Finesse techniques can often be replaced with more aggressive techniques for trout fishing in the fall, especially if you are looking for larger trophy fish. Don’t let these big fish train you, show them who’s the boss!

Autumn is a magical time to fish for trout outside. In a couple of weeks the colors will start to turn and the trout will light up. When the job takes up your time, get a driver’s license and get on the water before the snow flies.

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.

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