Johnny Johnson, US Open Fly Fishing Champion (image)

Autumn Fly Fishing Tips

Although the last few months have been a blur for me,  I can tell you that the fishing in the winter can be fun. Bundle up and get ready to start your cold water adventure for a big trout or walleye right here on the mountain.

First off remember that trout love the colder water temps and fishing picks up. I like to try to catch them on lures such as Roostertails, Kastmasters, and Rapala minnow baits just before the ice starts covering the top of water. I have also seen some of the biggest Walleye caught here on Show Low Lake this time of year. The main lure of choice would be the Rapala #11 or even #13 minnow bait on the full moon nights. Crazy to think night fishing is any good during the cold months, but for Walleye it is. As far as bass, I like to gather up my spoons down on the lower lakes and look for that deep water spoon bite. A strata spoon in a ½ oz. or ¾ oz. work great.

As far as my year has gone, I have to tell you this has been without a doubt one of my best tournament seasons ever. I started the year winning the all new Wild West Bass Pro circuit tournament at Lake Pleasant in January. Then in April, I almost pulled it off again with a second place finish at Roosevelt with that same circuit. In September, I ended up winning one of the biggest tournaments in the Nation. The Won Bass US OPEN on Lake Mead, then 2 weeks later on that same week, I won the American Bass Championship with my friend Matt Shura.

It has been without a doubt a dream season to say the least. Would you believe that every win was on the dropshot rig. That’s right! Using 6 pound test line and a spinning outfit. These were tough tournaments and growing up here on the mountain bass fishing, I have learned how to down size to get a bite. Growing up where 5 bites a day can be good has helped me become a much more patient fisherman. Although I love reaction baits, there are times when you have to slow down and down size to get bit. I really believe fishing here in the White Mountains helped me win those tournaments.

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