Big Pattern Change
by: Lloyd Tackitt 10/18/2018
We've been inundated the past week. Huge rainfalls in many parts of the state. Creeks and rivers running full, lakes full to over full. Cold water running into the warm water.
This is going to make big changes to the fishing patterns. I'm curious how you plan to adapt, what you think will have to be done differently - from the normal late summer to early fall transition period.
Looking forward to your ideas and tips.
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Flyrodn, CO 10/18/2018 8:44:58 PM
For flooded lakes, unless truly frigid, I ply tight to the shore, as flooded land dumps all kinds of food into the water. Flooded waters are often stained, so my flies are typically dark, larger than normal. My thoughts are to make it easier for the fish to find their mark. I also, tend to slow down a bit, waiting longer between strips.
Hawaiian Punch, CO 10/19/2018 8:27:49 AM
Here in Colorado,its just the opposite right now.We are facing a huge drought,lakes are low,this springs run-off was a very poor run-off and unless we have a wet winter . . .we could be hurting come summer next yr.
Smelly, CO 10/19/2018 7:16:53 PM
Agree with Fyyrodn. Dark lures or the other extreme. Wild neon. Fish will be tight to shore and in fast moving water, tight to current breaks. And scent wont hurt either. To take the advice of our local fishing show host. And an FXR contributor. I would be giving some thought to a 4 " Gulp minnow in the Firetiger pattern. Tossed real tight to structure, slow twiched back. If the water temps take a big hit, and get cold real fast. That's a good time to hang around the house IMO.