Fall is a time of changing conditions that can befuddle anglers at times and offer outrageously good fishing at others. The challenge is figuring out how to maximize your chances of success.
One way to adjust to changing conditions is to totally change methods. If you were fishing with bait and the bite suddenly quits, you might start throwing spinners. While changing lures, baits or flies is a good approach, another is to change tactics and/or location on the water.
My last couple of trips have been to the Red Feather Lakes area. The first day we were greeted by calm weather and rising fish as we pulled up. Before inflating my tube and getting into my waders, I made a few casts with a woolly bugger and a size 14 pheasant tail. The fish looked but refused my offerings. Once I launched by tube, I changed to a couple of small, olive-colored, size 18 and 20 nymphs, reasoning the fish were feeding on something small, as there was no obvious hatch.
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