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Winter Fly Fishing Skills #4 -- Nymphing in the Winter

February 05, 2023 Domenick Swentosky Season 6 Episode 4
Winter Fly Fishing Skills #4 -- Nymphing in the Winter
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Winter Fly Fishing Skills #4 -- Nymphing in the Winter
Feb 05, 2023 Season 6 Episode 4
Domenick Swentosky

In this episode, we dive deep into winter nymphing strategies. Specifically, we highlight what is different and what is unique about nymphing in the winter versus other seasons.

With fewer hatches and with trout that are less willing to move for a fly, presenting a nymph to winter fish is often our best strategy. But having success requires a refined approach, and winter nymphing can seem like the toughest of the year. However, with a great presentation and a good understanding of where fish feed in colder water, trout can be caught. In fact, with these skills, winter nymphing may sometimes provide the fastest fishing of the year.

We Cover the Following

  • Why nymphing is our favorite winter tactic
  • Trout behaviors in cold water
  • More predictable water types, methods and fly selection
  • Low and slow?
  • Trout grouping and trout spreading out
  • Favorite rigs, tight line and indy
  • Favorite flies
  • Fly pairings and placement
  • Long drifts vs short drifts
  • Bobber holes

Resources

READ: Troutbitten | Category | Fly Fishing in the Winter
PODCAST: Troutbitten | S1 Ep 14 --  Winter Fly Fishing
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter -- The Go-To Nymphing Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter -- The Secondary Nymphing Rig


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Show Notes

In this episode, we dive deep into winter nymphing strategies. Specifically, we highlight what is different and what is unique about nymphing in the winter versus other seasons.

With fewer hatches and with trout that are less willing to move for a fly, presenting a nymph to winter fish is often our best strategy. But having success requires a refined approach, and winter nymphing can seem like the toughest of the year. However, with a great presentation and a good understanding of where fish feed in colder water, trout can be caught. In fact, with these skills, winter nymphing may sometimes provide the fastest fishing of the year.

We Cover the Following

  • Why nymphing is our favorite winter tactic
  • Trout behaviors in cold water
  • More predictable water types, methods and fly selection
  • Low and slow?
  • Trout grouping and trout spreading out
  • Favorite rigs, tight line and indy
  • Favorite flies
  • Fly pairings and placement
  • Long drifts vs short drifts
  • Bobber holes

Resources

READ: Troutbitten | Category | Fly Fishing in the Winter
PODCAST: Troutbitten | S1 Ep 14 --  Winter Fly Fishing
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter -- The Go-To Nymphing Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter -- The Secondary Nymphing Rig


Visit

Troutbitten Website

Troutbitten Instagram

Troutbitten YouTube

Troutbitten Facebook


Thank You to Pre-Roll Ad Sponsors:

Skwala

and

Orvis