This October my friends and I have changed up our game plan to avoid the crowded salmon circus on the southern Wisconsin tributaries in favor of more peaceful places with aggressive predators that start feeding more frequently in the fall. October does bring the fly fisherman very large trout into small rivers along the coast but, between the lack of river miles and proximity to large cities you do have to get used to fishing closer than normal to people. At the same time the trout start migrating, pike and muskie start to put on some extra weight for the winter months making it the best time of the year to land a real trophy. We’ve been out on marginal muskie water a couple times in the past few weeks but only managed one follow from a 35-38 inch muskie and a few pike that made it to the boat. There’s a chance I might try this weekend again, but the spey temptation is getting harder to resist.