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The days are getting noticeably shorter, and cool autumn weather is in the forecast. The classic fall hunt has arrived. With the crisp morning, hunters find no reason to get out early. This also means that average water temperatures have been reduced to anesthetic levels. Be sure to wear some layers that you can peel off if the day gets hot. The best activity for hunting and hatching will be from midday until the sun goes out on the water.

Silver Creek: This is a great time of year to explore the creek in a floating tube. Make sure you wear long underwear or you will start to shiver. If you head to the Nature Conservancy or Kilpatrick’s Pond, expect to find the usual group of fall bugs. Late in the morning we still see some Tricos mixed in with good numbers of Baetis. The afternoon is a mixture of Baetis and Callibaetis along with the occasional Mahogany Dun or October Caddis. Land is always a good bet when the winds blow, but fish get stuck out of hoppers. Try the ant and ladybug pattern instead. Also, young Baetis and Zebra nymphs produce fish when all else fails. Remember, while hunting in the reserve, you have to log in. This can be done via your phone using the QR code posted at all access points or by texting the “Visitor” to (833) 593-0682.

big wood: The wood is beautiful this time of year. Look for Hecubas, the last big mistake of the season, up and down the forest. Even if you don’t see anything, the fish are looking for them. Bites also hatch and should keep the fish fed throughout the day. Also look for tiny crane flies slithering across the surface. Along with the hoppers, flying ants were plentiful. As always, the nymph was more productive.

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