Fall Fishing Favorites

29 Oct

My arms and legs tingled with anticipation as I walked the short trail down the river. It was a beautiful fall morning and the river section I had selected only had a couple of anglers in sight. The two anglers were poached on a couple of boulders on the far side of the river just below the dam. They were throwing heavily weighted sinkers with a bait of some sort into the heavy water from the spillway. My plan was to fish a run in the river downstream from them. The first few casts into the river were more exploratory than anything else. I was just working out the kinks from the last time I had fished. After a several casts and moving down stream a bit, I came across a section with an undercut bank that just looked really enticing to me. I was fishing with a floating jointed Rapala in the Rainbow Trout color. I cast the lure out into the stream and let it swim down the run. Nothing out in the deeper part of the run, but, my plan was too swim it up near the undercut bank on the retrieve. I watched closely as my lure rode along just sub-surface and reeled slowly as to keep the lure near the undercut bank as long as I possibly could. Suddenly, I felt the hit of a good trout. My plan had worked! After a tussle with the trout on the end of my line, I brought near shore at my feet where I could see it. It was a beautiful fall Brown Trout!

I brought it ashore and quickly as I could took my camera out and shot a quick picture of this Brown and then quickly released him to swim back to his undercut bank for another day and another time.

The fall fishing season is my favorite time of year. I love fishing for Brown Trout in the fall, and, as we know some big Brown Trout can be caught in the fall of the year as they prepare for the colder winter months to come. They are spawning and can be aggressive to protect their area. I do not fish directly over spawning beds, so let me make that clear. I do look for big Brown Trout, though!

In addition, the fall season is Elk hunting season. Nothing is more beautiful than to be outdoors in the fall of the year in the crisp air enjoying the beautiful color changes in our landscape and listening to a bugling elk off in the distance somewhere. I am not a hunter, as most of you know by know, however a bugling elk is one of the most beautiful sounds of the outdoors. Thought I would share a photo from my archives of a little ol’ Elk who came to visit one day while fishing.

Now that is what I call a double dip for the fall season.

22 responses to “Fall Fishing Favorites

  1. Ben G.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Mel, Nice fish! Fall fishing can be very fun, but I don't usually have much time for it b/c I'm hunting every chance I get. I haven't heard an elk call in over 10 years now.

  2. Clif

    October 29, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Trout spawn in the fall? What sort of backwards world do you trout anglers live in? 🙂

  3. Rebecca

    October 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Beautiful Brown! I love, love to fish in the fall. The colors are so beautiful, the air so much more pleasant then the stiff summer months and usually, there are alot less people around. Love that picture of the Elk as well, another beauty.

  4. Mel

    October 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Ben – You should hear what your missing. Come back home, Idaho has an elk tag waiting for you.

  5. Mel

    October 29, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Clif – Our rivers run the other direction, too! Tee Hee!

  6. Mel

    October 29, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Hello Rebecca – Welcome to Idaho Fishin' Talk and thanks for following my blog andleaving your comment. They are always welcome here. I agree with your comment. There are a lot of reasons to love Idaho this time of the year. Happy hook ups this fall!

  7. Wolfy

    October 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Nice elk pic, Mel. Fall is the best time of the year.Wolfy

  8. troutrageous1

    October 29, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing the story Mel. I agree with you, fall (and early spring) are definitely my favorite times to fish. Not just because it's ideal for trout, but I enjoy a slight chill in the air while fishing.

  9. CDGardens

    October 30, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Fall is a wonderful time of year. You have some great pictures and experiences to share. 😉

  10. Rick Kratzke

    October 30, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Mel that is a nice trout. I enjoy trout fishing, it's relaxing.

  11. Hunting Fool

    October 30, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Man I will never see an Elk like that one. I just got back from New Mexico in Unit 49 and we saw a group of Elk the day before the hunt but they were gone from that spot the next day of course. We finally found another herd but they were 1800 yards away and it was getting dark. Three years in a row, same unit, NO ELK. I'm about to give up!

  12. Mel

    October 30, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Wolfy – There is just something in the air that makes "fall" outdoor activities something special.Troutrageous1 – Fall and Spring are great times to be outdoors. The fish are ready and waiting after the cold of the past winter or the heat of the past summer. Happy hook ups!CDGardens – Thank you for your nice comments. I don't always get it right, but, sometimes I do. I am always willing to share a good story.Rick – Thanks, it was a nice fish. The river has better ones though and that is why I fish. Glad you enjoy trout fishing in your area.

  13. Bill

    October 31, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Beautiful brown! I need to get back to some streams myself. Hunting is more stressful than you may realize. lol

  14. Mel

    October 31, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks, Bill. Fall is such a great time of the year. It must be hard on those that enjoy both hunting and fishing equally when fall comes around.

  15. Zach J

    November 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    How close were you to that elk? And that was a small one?

  16. Mel

    November 3, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Zach – No that is not a small one. Just funnin' with my readers. Far enough away from Elk to not disturb the setting, but, close enough to tremble with excitement.

  17. sportfishingamericas

    November 4, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Very nice read. I agree about brown trout in the fall; it's a great and unique experience. Do some more fishing and keep the posts coming. JB

  18. Mel

    November 4, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    JB – Thanks for the compliment on my post. I really appreciate it! Weather has been pretty decent for early November so I will be out as often as I can.

  19. Matt T

    November 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Great Brown Mel,Nice picture of the elk, that is something that would never be seen down by me. I am jealous of your brown, as that is a species I have never caught. Glad to hear you are getting out before the winter.Matt

  20. Mel

    November 7, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Hello Matt T – Grateful that you stopped by my blog! Thanks for leaving a comment. They are always welcome here.Hopefully you will add a Brown Trout to the list of fish you have caught soon. I love fishing for big Browns! The elk was a once in a lifetime chance. The outdoors is amazing, you never know what each day may bring.

  21. larryb

    December 1, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Lots of real good stuff in here Mel! I just Love your picture of the Bull Elk sharing the water with you! Awesome candid wildlife shot like some of the old Erwin Bauer shots. Splendid!Also, Thank You for following one of my blogs. Much appreciated. I'm now followin' you to my man. :-)All the

  22. Mel Moore (aka: Eagle Eyes)

    December 1, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    LarryB. – Welcome to Idaho Fishin' Talk. Appreciate you leaving a comment and know that your thoughts are always welcome here. I have added your link to my BlogBuddies blogroll and will be an avid follower of your blog.Your comments about the photo of the elk out fishing with me is very humbling. I know I was lucky to get the picture. As I said, once in a lifetime!


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