It was about 60 degrees on November 9, and as I made a few casts on the bend just below my access point and caught a couple fish, I was given the correct impression that the warm weather had fish ready to bite. After about 15 minutes of wading downstream, I stood at the top of the big pool. Current flows from a fairly strong riffle down the middle of this pool, and leaves circle back revealing eddys both to the left and to the right of the current. The right side, when facing downstream, has a harder bottom and usually produces more action. There is a nice drop from the bank, and some scattered wood on the bottom. After a few searching casts, I hooked up with a nice 15 incher, and caught 3 more similar ones casting to essentially the same place. Then I missed a couple, and eventually this location slowed down. Fan casting the pool yielded 2 more fish. In a total of about 30 minutes I had 6 fish out of this pool to add to the 2 I caught to begin the wade. The pool can be a little perplexing, and I have struck out here many times. However, it always seems at its best in November and early December, so I always try to visit during those months.
All I need this time of year is a bag of tube jigs and 1/8 oz and 1/16 oz Oldham tube insert jigheads with a weedguard. The 1/16 oz helped me avoid leaves on this trip. They were piled up exactly where the fish were, but I managed to get maybe two-thirds of my casts through without dragging a leaf. The fish were aggressive, and many hit before the tube ever reached the bottom.
The view from my access point
First fish in my big pool
On the next cast
Steady supply of 14-15 inchers
All the tackle I need for late fall