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Fall Trout Fishing: Tips For Catching Rainbow Trout in the Fall

The bottom line is that I personally use all of the aforementioned tips anytime that I am headed out fishing for rainbows in the fall, and I know that if they work for me, they will do the same for you. Give one or all of them a shot the next time that you head out for a little fall trout fishing; you won't be disappointed, I promise you.

I have been fishing for rainbow trout for more than 25 years and if I have learned anything in that time, it's that the fall of the year is difficult to beat when if comes to fishing for these beautiful fish. There are many reasons that fall trout fishing is more productive than other seasons, but I have found that a few of the most common are less crowded waterways (many times you will have the river to yourself) and ravenously hungry rainbow trout as they feed heavily in preparation for the fridged days of winter when the trout feed much less often.

As air and thus water temperatures begin to cool during the months of September, October and November rainbow trout really begin to "turn on" and feed heavily, which is why fall trout fishing is often such a productive endeavor. Below I will outline some tips for catching rainbow trout in the fall, so that you can use them to experience more success when fishing for rainbow trout during the fall months.

  1. Change Your Line - In many cases trout fishermen have spent the spring and summer on the water chasing trout and their fishing line has seen a lot of use. Because of the fact that we use very light fishing line when we fish for trout, your fishing line tends to wear out faster than heavier line, and therefore needs to be changed more often than you might imagine. "Fresh" fishing line always performs better than used fishing line, so when the fall trout fishing season begins, make sure that you have "fresh" line spooled on your favorite reel.
  2. Don't Be Afraid to "Up Size" While I generally preach "smaller is better" when it comes to rainbow trout baits and lures, during the fall of the year, it's never a bad idea to increase the size of your bait or lure. Because rainbows tend to be so active during the fall, up sizing your offering will often result in larger fish, especially when you are fishing during peak feeding periods.
  3. Be On The Water At The Best Times - While this tip is true during every season, during the fall it's that much more important, especially if you are in search of trophy sized rainbow trout. As a matter of fact, I have caught all but two of my trophy sized rainbow trout when I was fishing during the fall season. The easiest way to determine the best time to be on the water is to learn the simple ways in which the weather and moon impact impact fishing and do your best to plan your fishing trips accordingly.
  4. Use Darker Colors - When using spinners, crank baits, flies, or even jigs during the fall of the year, darker colors tend to be more effective when you are fishing for rainbow trout. The fall is the time for brown, black, and dark green color variations and in my experience, gold blades tend to work better when it comes to spinners and spoons.

JRW Fishing.com ~ Quality products for fishermen from Northwest Montana
432 East Idaho, Suite #C251 Kalispell, MT 59901
email: tkugler@jrwfishing.com