3 LURE COMBOS
IF ever there was an autumn colour for a lure choice then my number one will always be orange. Maybe it’s something to do with the foliage colours, but more likely it’s a hangover from the days when stocking was with mixed-sex fish in the pre-triploid days. That’s when we would see highly-aggressive cock rainbows and I so often watched them literally attack an orange-based f ly. The good old Whisky Fly was such a hot lure and although I suppose it’s not much more than a grown-up Dunkeld it was the supreme late-season f ly for many years. Then marabou and synthetics came along and spawned a whole range of new lures but it’s that orange colour that remains dominant for this time of year. Even the might y ‘Blob’ in its original orange format is a killer and whether or not you think it resembles cluster of daphnia doesn’t matter because it works. As for my choice of autumn lures, it will be hard to go wrong with a basic Orange Fritz or Orange Cat’s Whisker as your point f ly and have something much simpler on the dropper. I know that my dropper choice could be classed as a ny mph but it’s only in the far west of the USA that it might actually be imitating a stonef ly nymph so the ever-reliable Montana with an orange thora x is my favoured pattern. It’s got the colour and a bit of action from the palmered hackle, plus it’s a good ‘chased’ f ly with the lure behind it. It’s probably as well to f ish the lure combination with the intermediate line and, of course, you can tr y all manner of retrieves from a crawl to a roly-poly. Rainbow trout are aggressive feeders at this time of year and you often get the most exciting follows as they home in on the lure, so remember that it’s usually best to speed up the retrieve when you see a follow.