Short casts: Top streamers; skinny water fishing; farm pond bass; two flies for chromers

Photo courtesy Hatch Magazine.

It’s full-on fall in the Rockies. Snow has fallen in the high country and the aspen leaves are bright and gold. It’s officially “streamer time,” and Pat Straub, owner of Gallatin River Guides in Big Sky, Mont., is sharing his list of favorite fall streamers for trout on the prowl this atumn.

“Junkies, addicts, thugs and strippers show their true colors. I’m not talking about criminals, gang-bangers or folks breaking the law,” Straub writes in the Big Sky Journal. “I’m exposing a sub-culture of fly fishing—the committed streamer angler. These anglers are devoted to matching two things: big fish on big flies.”

Big fish. Big flies. It’s what fall is all about.

Here’s what else is happening in the fishing world today:

And, finally, your moment of fly-fishing Zen, from Emerald Water Fly Anglers:

By Chris Hunt.