Typically now September and October should see the return to colder weather, which is often accompanied with blustery conditions. Sensing winter is approaching, Trout will be eager to pack on weight and in search of a high protein diet, often turning to coarse Fry / Baitfish during Autumn.
On smaller stillwaters, or upland tarns where coarse fish species aren’t prevalent, resident Trout will prey on minnows and stickleback.
Obviously, it’s quite important to try and imitate what stage trout are preferring as sometimes they smash into shoals of fry, trying to grab everything in their path, calling for a mobile fry pattern, or streamer that’s cast into the mêlée and instantly draw away.
On other occasions, trout simply charge through the confusion of fry, only to circle round and return to pick of stunned fry in an orderly manner.
Equally, a Zonker / Minkie can be presented static with the occasional tweak as it sinks ever so slowly.
Baitfish have a reputation of attracting specimen sized trout and coupled with throwing large fly patterns at them. It’s as well to step up in rod ratings with 7-weight and 8-weight outfits popular with those who regularly pursue Trout with cannibal tendency.
One misconception is the need for sinking lines, which many anglers naturally associate with fishing lures and the likes. Usually, Trout attack fry from beneath, or in shallow water, so much of the action takes place to the surface, calling for only a floating line.
Weight forward lines are a lot more dynamic when it comes to turning over larger, wind resistant flies.