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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Early Fall Dries and Droppers

We posted the following appeal on our Facebook and Instagram pages and received a lot of great replies from our flyfishing veterans. If you’re new to the game, check out their replies on those two pages and enjoy greater success this month!

Flyfishing Vets, Please Help!

Seasoned anglers, please help us help our flyfishing rookies. What are your favorite fall dry/dropper rigs? Share your hot tips for fall’s cooler days astream.

Early fall is a great time for dry/droppers. The low, clear water requires some stealth, but also allows trout to see your flies from afar. While morning water temps might be too cool for much surface action, the fluffy dry is still a great “stealth indicator” for your dropper before lunch.   Then, when the afternoon sun hits the water and stirs some fall insect activity, we can  catch a few bonus fish on top.

Be ready for some dry/dropper action before truly cold weather arrives and sends our targets to the stream bottom. Then it will be dredging season.

Right now, new fly fishers should BOLO (be on lookout) the comments from our veteran friends and have your fly boxes stocked for the warm afternoons and hungry, hunting trout of October.

Vets, what say y’all? Share your best fall dry/dropper combos.

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