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Winter Fly Fishing Tips and Tactics

December 21, 2021 Domenick Swentosky Season 1 Episode 14
Winter Fly Fishing Tips and Tactics
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Winter Fly Fishing Tips and Tactics
Dec 21, 2021 Season 1 Episode 14
Domenick Swentosky

Episode 14 is a deep dive into winter fishing tactics. And I'm joined by my friends, Bill, Josh, Austin and Trevor.

Because the trout have different habits in the winter, we refine our approach to meet them on their own terms. Is that . . . low and slow? Sure, sometimes. Nymphing is often seen as the go-to approach, but for the winter trout angler who’s attentive, the opportunities for some great streamer action are there too. Even dry flies can be an option if you keep your eyes open.

Why do so few anglers fish in the winter? Well, honestly, because it’s a challenge that many fishermen are not ready for. And while they might hit the water once or twice, so much is different and . . . difficult, that the results often don’t meet expectations. Then the warm fireplace seems the better option, and the fly rod is leaned in the corner until springtime.

So, what does it take to catch trout in the winter? That’s what we discuss in this podcast.

We Cover the Following

  • Approach, making a plan and choosing water
  • Find the feeding fish
  • Do mornings matter?
  • Limestone vs Freestone differences
  • Do you need to fish midges?
  • The egg bite
  • Streamers in the winter
  • Winter nymph rigging
  • Indicators, and bobber holes


Resources

READ: Troutbitten | Category | Winter Fly Fishing
READ: Troutbitten | Winter Fishing -- The Go-To Nymphing Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Winter Fishing -- The Secondary Nymphing Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter -- The System
READ: Troutbitten | Modern Streamers: Too Much Motion? Are We Moving Them Too Fast ?


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Show Notes

Episode 14 is a deep dive into winter fishing tactics. And I'm joined by my friends, Bill, Josh, Austin and Trevor.

Because the trout have different habits in the winter, we refine our approach to meet them on their own terms. Is that . . . low and slow? Sure, sometimes. Nymphing is often seen as the go-to approach, but for the winter trout angler who’s attentive, the opportunities for some great streamer action are there too. Even dry flies can be an option if you keep your eyes open.

Why do so few anglers fish in the winter? Well, honestly, because it’s a challenge that many fishermen are not ready for. And while they might hit the water once or twice, so much is different and . . . difficult, that the results often don’t meet expectations. Then the warm fireplace seems the better option, and the fly rod is leaned in the corner until springtime.

So, what does it take to catch trout in the winter? That’s what we discuss in this podcast.

We Cover the Following

  • Approach, making a plan and choosing water
  • Find the feeding fish
  • Do mornings matter?
  • Limestone vs Freestone differences
  • Do you need to fish midges?
  • The egg bite
  • Streamers in the winter
  • Winter nymph rigging
  • Indicators, and bobber holes


Resources

READ: Troutbitten | Category | Winter Fly Fishing
READ: Troutbitten | Winter Fishing -- The Go-To Nymphing Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Winter Fishing -- The Secondary Nymphing Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter -- The System
READ: Troutbitten | Modern Streamers: Too Much Motion? Are We Moving Them Too Fast ?


Visit:

Troutbitten Website

Troutbitten Instagram

Troutbitten YouTube

Troutbitten Facebook


Thank You to Pre-Roll Ad Sponsors:

Skwala

and

Orvis