chiro fishing in the fall?

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  1. dp

    dp ~El Pescador

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    I know Spring is great for chironomid fishing. what about the Fall?
    is it worth it or are big meals the ticket?
     
  2. Topstoy

    Topstoy In search of Trout

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    I did some Chiro fishing last week and it was pretty slow. Much better in the spring time.
     
  3. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    The odds are better with leeches in the Fall.
     
  4. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Chronie fishing does just fine in the fall - deeper water stuff. I would tend to agree with ZL, that leeches / WB's are a better option and don't forget about water boatman, even scuds in the shallows. I have even fished dries late into November during a hatch.

    I'll have more to report on Monday.

    MB
     
  5. Topstoy

    Topstoy In search of Trout

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    I agree with Scott, Dries seem to do just fine. Leeches were the ticket for me. Had many great days during the last month.
     
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    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    +1 on the water boatmen
     
  7. troutpocket

    troutpocket Active Member

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    I don't fish chironomids often in the fall but lake fishing is full of exceptions. As hatches wind down midges are still active. I've had chromies and bloodworms save the day on occasion.
     
  8. robl

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    I usually fish bloodworms pretty hard in the fall and do well. Need to try waterboatman.

    Leeches an scuds are also go2 flies in the fall. I still catch fish on chironomids but nothing like in the spring.
     
  9. Jonnytutu

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    as mentioned bloodworms are awesome in the fall, also small micro leeches under an indie over the shoals are deadly. And yes, chironomids are always a go, not as good as leeches for me in the fall, ,the midges don't ever seem to stop hatching....

    Fin
     
  10. Topstoy

    Topstoy In search of Trout

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    Yep, the few that I did get Chiro fishing were on a Bloodworm pattern. Again leeches were the food of choice for me stripped fairly fast.
     
  11. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Topstoy:

    If you are talking about the lake in your backyard, we found that faster was better for success with leeches, even on the oars.....

    MB
     
  12. Topstoy

    Topstoy In search of Trout

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    Yep most of the time I row for a bit and then strip in fast and after stripping in 10 feet or so they hit it. Actually did pretty good with Chiros 5-6 feet below an indicator thrown into the shallows during the last week it was open. Picked up some big hogs sitting in the shallows close to shore. My normal Chiro fishing in the deeper water was pretty slow. Can't wait until it opens again! Now it is time to focus on the Steel.
     
  13. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Trout and other fish will eat chironomids 365 days a year if they are available. You should always be ready to throw one out if needed.
     
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    Like Irafly advised, we fish static year around. My fishing buddy and I fish stillwater year around and some of our best days in terms of take-downs, and quality of fish happens in Jan & Feb. We have had days where we get 50-take-downs between the two of us in 39-degree water!


    Randy
     
  15. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    OK, I have a question for you chironomid conspirators.
    What if there are no bugs in the air, no rises evident, nor other evidence of a hatch going on or having happened earlier (shucks floating around)?
    I want to start chironomid fishing more, but its hard for me to figure out how to do it "blind." With nothing to go by, would I start with a Bloodworm fished just off the bottom? Or what?

    Seems like my experience yesterday evening at dusk trolling a #6 black wooly bugger at 4mph (was the only action I had) falls right in line with fast-stripping a leech.