As the temperature begins to drop winter fly fishing season is approaching fast. This can be a difficult time for anglers but can also be rewarding as the crowded days on the water begin to dwindle. Here are a few tips to maximize your fly fishing even through the winter months:
1. Dress for the weatherThere is nothing that can end a day on the water faster than cold hands or feet. Make sure to wear layers, pack gloves, warm socks and a warm jacket. Just in-case you take a tumble, bring extra dry clothes and a towel. When ice is present, come prepared with slip-on boot crampons or studs. Wet rocks and clear ice are a deadly combo especially when crossing rocky streams.
2. Go light on the tippetWith water levels being low and clear lighter tippet will often lead to more productive days in the winter months.
3. Get DeepFish are lethargic and will not chase flies during these months so by getting your fly close to the streambed you will likely be rewarded. You can do this in three different ways:
- Flies with beads or added weight
- Split shots
- Combination of both