Fall Fishing is heating up with a few tips and pointers

Spent last Sunday fishing with my buddy and WCO guide Chad Stevens and had a blast.  We fished a nice western NC stream that Chad fishes offer and for good reason.  This place hold some nice fish.  It’s tough wading…. slick bottom and some BIG rocks to crawl around, over and sometimes under.

Some big rocks to climb around!

We had a very successful day with landing many bows between 10 and 14″ with a few browns mixed in.  Chad landed a nice 16″+ brown but was too far away for me to get a good picture of it.  Of course all fish were released and hopefully we’ll get a picture of it next time.

I managed one very nice brook trout but could not stay hooked up with the bigger browns for some reason.  While Chad started and ended his day with the same flies I tried several different patterns.  But most of all I was trying to use bigger than normal trout flies.  At one point I had a size 10 Stimulator for my dry fly and a size 8 bh Hare’s Ear for my dropper.  Although I fished bigger flies I caught more small fish.  Go figure….

Underwater shot of my good brook trout after release!

So many people question me on equipment and rigging I thought I’d include some details with this report.  For this trip I fished the following…

8ft 4wt rod with SA Trout Stalker textured 4wt fly line, SA Mono Leader (use to be a  7-1/2ft 5x) but had it cut back to about 6ft including a 1ft piece of 4x tippet to the dry fly.  As I mentioned above my dry fly was a size 10 Yellow Stimulator and for the record I caught 6 fish on the dry!  I then tied tippet (5x) to the bend of the hook on the stimulator.  My dropper nymph was about 40″ below my dry fly.  That’s not a typo, 40″ to my dropper.  This is a deep swift stream.  My dropper fly changed several times during the day and I caught fish on every one of them.  Started with a beadhead early black stone size 12, then a size 12 bh pheasant tail, size 10 bh hare’s ear, size 12 copper john and finished the day using a size 8 bh hare’s ear.

Couple of random shots from this trip….

Hope you enjoyed!!