Falling into the late season


More tips for success during autumn low water conditions

By George Daniel / Hatch Magazine

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to be on the water, especially when fall foliage is at its peak. However, this time of year also creates some of the most challenging fishing conditions of the year, including low water. While there is no shortage of recommendations on how to tackle autumn conditions, here are a few of my favorite tips for dealing with low flows and other challenges common during the fall days on the water.


Low and clear water is the norm during much of autumn and especially during the latter parts of the season. Be prepared to deal with reduced flows and spooky fish. Even the best camouflage gear will not hide you from the fish if you lack stalking skills. The late Gary LaFontaine said it best, “movement spooks fish more than color.” In other words, regardless of your attire, if you make excessive movements when wading into position or while making a cast, you’re going to spook fish.

To be clear, I still recommend wearing drab or camo clothing when you’re on the water as they will increase your ability to remain hidden from your quarry, but your main focus should be on improving your stalking skills. While camo helps, I have no issues wearing bright orange for safety during hunting season, as I’ve had excellent fishing success while wearing bright orange hats and vests during hunting season, thanks to careful movements and deliberate stalking. FULL STORY

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