With the preponderance of specialized fishing gear and tackle these days, one might believe that hardcore anglers own specific tackle for every open-water season. My terminal tackle stays mostly the same after the hard-water disappears but techniques and presentations change. There are ways to match that gear to just about any species during open water.
That said, I make some changes to my mental and tactical approach for fall fishing. I start by thinking more aggressively.
By late summer, we sometimes hear about conditioned fish. When early autumn rolls around, yes, they might be conditioned, but hunger overtakes that conditioning. Less boating and other fishing pressure (noise) on the water helps, too.