43 - Best Autumn Flies
9 Great fly patterns to fish this autumn
With so much great sport on offer, it’s a shame so many fly anglers hang up their rods as it gets colder. Besides excellent stillwater fly fishing for trout, there’s also excellent fun to be had with grayling, pike and other species. Here are some of the best flies to try as the leaves fall and the water cools this autumn.
Autumn is a fabulous time to try fly fishing for grayling. But as we get closer to the end of the year, these fish can become less inclined to move far from the riverbed to find their food. Be sure to pack some neat, fast sinking nymphs for your next trip. This one combines attractive traditional materials, along with a bit of flash and a fast sink rate.
No list of stillwater trout flies for autumn would be complete without at least one fry pattern. Any large stillwater with a head of coarse fish is worth keeping a close eye on as the days shorten. Very often this is the time to find some monster rainbows and browns hunting down fry; this fly represents a stunned tiddler waiting to be mopped up.
For those seeking variety, autumn is also a good time to fish for pike on the fly. If you’re newer to predator fishing, however, the last thing you want is a huge, hard to cast pattern. This modest sized pike fly is easy to cast, even on an eight weight, and ideal for jack hunting on canals and small rivers. Don’t be surprised if larger trout and perch also take a look at it!
Subtle they aren’t, but pike flies packed with tinsel are a great choice to kick off your pike campaign each season. Perfect for predators feeding up for the coming winter, we’ve had great success with these flies on drains and reservoirs alike. Simple, great value and bursting with flash, they work a treat when you see pike smashing up shoals of roach and bleak.
A Broadland pike on an overcast, mild winter’s day- great conditions for piking.