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Trout season can be invigorating

October 27, 2013
By Walt Young ( , The Altoona Mirror

A trout stream is a wondrous place to be anytime of the year, regardless of whether you're a trout fisherman or just someone who appreciates the marvels of nature. In the springtime, of course, fly anglers delight in the unfolding array of aquatic insect hatches that provoke robust feeding activity from the trout they seek. The game changes as spring transitions into summer, and the presence of waterborne insects wane in favor of so-called terrestrials, land-based bugs like ants, beetles, crickets or grasshoppers that become an important food source for the trout. The onset of autumn brings another transformation with cooler days that reinvigorate the trout themselves amidst a backdrop of flaming fall foliage.

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