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Winter fishing, finally I got an opportunity to be on the water and make a cast. The weather wasn’t ideal but it was very manageable topping out around 26 at the most. Snowed for a bit but nothing heavy and the wind was tolerable. I went out with Heath and Shell exploring someplace totally new but very cool. I will be coming back here for sure. We spent most the day hiking to ideal spots putting in at 10-10:30am and pulling out around 3:30pm. I caught nothing today but I learned a few things. I saw today as more of an opportunity and an excuse to test my gear and my resolve to see how far I could go comfortably. It was alittle cold at first but almost a mile through snow later I was warm. I tied on a Scud and a Pink Patrick dropper and cast a few times, guides froze over quickly. I had a great time and Heath and Shell made for good company. The warm hotdog lunch was a nice break. This being my first time winter trout fishing I felt very accomplished despite the lack of fish, I stayed safe, warm and traveled far, I made a few decent casts and only had one major hang up.  Little for excitement and action but alot for the fly angler missing the sound of rushing water. Beautiful, crystal clear rushing trout water. 


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  1. You’re a better man than I. It’s been many years since I had the courage to fish on the 1st. I have know doubt you already know this but, I found that those slow, slow holes hold all the fish this time of year. Usually, a long leader, a yellow scud and some sort of midge pattern or baetis nymph usually did the trick. It seemed the holes that had a good green color and a little rubble on the current side would sometimes hold hundreds of fish. Find one of those holes, stare at it for a long time, then you’ll see them move. Then dredge…. On warm, overcast days you’ll get good midge and winter stone hatches, too. Usually, a griff’s gnat is all you’ll need.

  2. Looks like a good day. The forecast was for high winds, and that cemented my decision to wait for better weather (I usually do that). However, around my place the winds never did come… and the high was in the mid-twenties. That had me wishing I’d been out.

    Looks like a lot of ice shelfs were encountered.

    Did you see any fish rising to midges? Did you swing any soft hackles, or did you just nymph?

    I look forward to getting out. Can hardly wait, in fact. A little more tying as the day approaches.

  3. I didn’t see any midge activity and saw only a few fish, the rest had to have been sunk in deep holes. I stuck with nymphing the entire time in between freeing my line from my guides. The ice shelfs were a pain, I would occasionally get caught on the edge and if I didnt if any part of my line was laying on a shelf it became very icy.

    I guess thats just my inexperience, but I’m going again, maybe on Saturday, if I don’t fish I will be exploring places to fish.

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  4. I was out on the 31st. Always nice to get in a few days during the winter to help you really appreciate the summer fishing! I’ve found the fish tend to “school-up” more in the winter (could be my imagination). Then it tends to be just finding the pockets of fish. Once I’ve found them, if I keep going back to those areas, the fish seem to be in the same spots.

    Of course, I always go with the idea in mind that I’mout more for the fresh air and exercise, then not catching anything isn’t so bad.

    I enjoyed the pictures!

    – scott c

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