Autumn is a time of transition: The weather changes, the leaves change colors, and — as every hunter and angler knows — hunting and fishing tactics change, too. Your ability to vary your techniques can mean the difference in landing your trophy deer or fish and going home empty-handed. Terry Tuma explains that the most important colors for fall fishing are the ones at the end of your line.

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Versatility applies to locations, too. First we must find locations that we feel good about, then work them thoroughly. Too often fishermen hang it up too fast. Our society gives up too easily these days.

I change color often and it’s a key facet to the versatility formula. We all have our favorite colors that we start with, but if you’re marking fish and those lures are not producing, it’s time to change. At the very least, downsize, slow down, and use lures that are not so aggressive (less vibration, less jigging.) If it’s a wacky worm, for example, let it lay on the bottom longer.

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Photos: Maryland Department of Natural Resources (top); (above)

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.