This is the time of year when we find ourselves facing a new opportunity. We are fishing in the elongated transition between summer and winter -- fall. Again this year we have set records for drought. Cooler temperatures with dry partly cloudy days are bringing increased activity on certain trout streams. Many area lakes are VERY low, but there is still plenty of water to fish through the fall, and plenty of fish to catch.

I always look forward to the seasonal changes, because they offer some the most wonderful fly fishing opportunities. Normally only in spring and fall can you sit gently rocking in a float tube in 70 degree, sunny weather, catching fat fish while enjoying our sport. Then on cool mornings, we are reminded that WINTER is coming. Again this year, over a two week period water temps dropped from the low 70s to the upper 50s and low 60s. As we explore new waters, we can enjoy all species feeding up for winter on huge hatches coming off, with warmwater species still hitting surface flies, and with high temps starting to moderate.

In 1995, I decided to see what year 'round fly fishing opportunities exist in the southeast United States. I was amazed! I began to fish all year long. I haven't stopped yet. You can roam intimate mountain streams on cool days, and catch large trout in sun drenched crystal waters. Delayed Harvest waters in Georgia have opened with many wonderful trout fly fishing opportunities through May 2009. We are entering the time for unparalleled trout fishing in our mountain streams, from Kentucky to north Georgia and north Alabama. If you get out on the waters available throughout the southeast, you will find a wealth of warmwater activity as fish are feeding up for winter.

In addition to the great coldwater and warmwater fishing, southeastern coastal fishing offers exceptional fishing this time of year. Rod bending red drum are available along the coasts of most southeastern states. If you haven't been to the coast this time of year give it a try. The news in the interior portion of the southeast is tremendous bass fishing as bass feed up for winter. In addition to having the water to yourself, you'll have the fish to yourself, too.

Another thing happens during this season across the southeast. It is striper season on most of the tremendous reservoirs plus rivers across the southeast. If you haven't been striped bass fishing on the fly, the action will rival most saltwater fly fishing experiences. Break out your big, heavy tackle and hit the water for linesides. The action will keep you coming back for more.

So this year plan a great trip to some new destinations in the southeastern states. I don't believe that you be the least bit disappointed.

In addition to the "high profile" fish available in the southeastern US region the opportunity for catching some of the fish that I rate some of the most fun available. Species like largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegills, redear sunfish, redbreasts, crappies, yellow perch are catchable in many of the southeastern states right through the fall and winter.

There are many articles on my site that will get you started, explain tactics that will help you catch fall fish.

So read them, then get out and enjoy the wonderful fall fishing this year. Whether on those chilly days and even on those shirt sleeve days (right) the fish are available if you just make the effort.