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Monday, October 4, 2021

Tricks for Sweet Treats

Are you as excited by October’s cooler weather as we are?  Where are YOU heading this month?

October brings colder water and hungrier trout, but it also brings us the challenges of leaves and twigs. How do you navigate through these windy-day minefields for your flies?

Never fear, for UO is here!  Check out our latest column in October’s Angler Magazine- Atlanta edition.  They are free at your favorite fly shops and also online here:


Dive deep into the booklet until you hit the Atlanta insert.  Then turn to page Atlanta-10 and you’ll find our UO column entitled “simpli-fly and stand out.” 

These Halloween-season tricks have treated us to some fine trout among the leafy debris.  Give them a try as the trees shed their summer coat and see if they work for you, too.

And rejoice in the leaf fall, even if it frustrates you a bit.  Why?  Leaves and twigs are the fuel for Southeastern stream ecosystems. Decaying organic matter feeds aquatic insects and other microorganisms, and the instream food chain starts.  Hopefully it ends up in a nice, buttery brown trout in the bottom of your net!

Good luck during leaf season. Call or visit either UO store if we can help you celebrate the season astream. May our tricks bring you some sweet treats!

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