No one likes losing their flies to the river, but it’s a part of fly fishing whether you’re a rookie or an expert. Your natural instincts will take over and tell you to try and force the snag free, but this often results in losing your entire rig and even broken rods. As anglers, we become expert problem solvers, so take a deep breath, relax, and make a plan. Next time you get snagged, try the following the techniques to hopefully save your flies!
If our "How to Nymph in the Winter" article was any indication of which methods of fly fishing are best for winter, then you might be thinking, dries flies simply aren't worth fishing in the winter. Day after day throughout the winter, nymphing will prove to be the most effective method. Although, on occasion when all the stars have aligned you just might find yourself upon a winter hatch. These moments are few and far between but when they happen, boy oh boy, you better have packed your dries.
Love it or hate it, there is no avoiding it- Valentine’s Day. With V-day approaching soon, we want to help you and your better half, have the best day possible. There’s that saying, “spend money on experiences, not things.” We support that genuinely, but we also recognize that sometimes certain “things” make those experiences even better. So, whether you are looking to enhance you and your partners next fishing experience or plan a special outing together, there is an idea for every angler on this list.
I myself have been completely guilty of mishandling fish, on more than one occasion in fact. I resembled a fly fishing novice back then. Fly fishing isn't easy, fish are feisty, slippery and proper handling isn't exactly instinctual. Since the early days, I have grown as an angler, thus recognizing the importance of handling fish the right way.
After my first summer fly-fishing, in January of the new year, I wrote down exactly what I wanted to accomplish in fly-fishing during the season and how I wanted to improve. I’ve since repeated this goal setting opportunity for each new year. By laying out all my fly fishing intentions for the new year and upcoming season, I set myself up to have an above average season and spend more time on the water. Which is really the ultimate goal, right?
The holidays are upon us and with Christmas less than one week away, it’s not too late to hook up the fellow angler in your life with a last-minute gift. Now, normally I’m not one to condemn last minute shopping but it just seems unavoidable this time of year. Hopefully, the list below makes your last-minute shopping for the beginner fly-fisherman or woman in your life smooth and easy.
Colorado grants many anglers with the opportunity to fly fish year-round, despite the long winters and heavy snowfalls. The abundance of tailwater fisheries located all over the state provides incredible fly-fishing opportunities, especially during runoff season and for anglers seeking trout through the winter months.
Standing in a river all day might sound outright ridiculous to most, but if you’ve read this far into the article, I trust you are interested in learning how to avoid freezing your tuchus off! Follow the five tips below to ensure a successful and comfortable day of winter fly fishing.
Winter fly-fishing does present its challenges and perhaps one of the most common problems is freezing guides! Not only is it frustrating to de-ice between each drift but ice is also detrimental to fly lines.
"This might be a stupid question, but can you fly fish in the winter?" I've been asked this question more times than I can count and the answer is YES, you can go fly fishing in the winter!While some would gawk in utter disbelief that anyone would actually enjoy standing in cold water, barely able to feel their fingers, for many anglers’ winter fly fishing, holds unique opportunities as well as challenges. The fishing may be slow, but it can also be very rewarding. Understanding nymphing techniques, how to set up a nymph rig as well as which nymphs are going to be the most productive is extremely important. If you understand this, winter can offer solitude, unique beauty and a rewarding fishing season. First things first, winter is not the time of year to adopt the “Dry Fly or Die” mantra. Now, there is no doubt that dry flies are arguably the most fun way to catch fish, there isn’t an angler out there who doesn't get an adrenaline rush after watching a trout rise to the surface and aggressive slurp your fly. However, there is a time and a place for all types of fly fishing, from dries to streamers and nymphs. Winter is guaranteed to be most productive when using nymphing techniques. Nymphing can be extremely effective and relatively easy. By positioning yourself directly across from the fish-if you aren’t able to sight fish, place yourself where the fish are most likely to be feeding, you are setting your flies up to move through the water directly in front of hungry trout. All it takes is roll cast upstream and a proper drift for trout to notice your flies. Trout are significantly less active in the winter which is why it’s a good idea to offer the trout as many delicious food options as possible, this can be achieved by rigging up three flies below a tiny indicator. Think of this as a juicy buffet line, start your nymph rig with 5x or 6x sized tippet because water in the winter can be low and clear and you don’t want to spook away the chance at a fish. Next, add a very small strike indicator, and micro weight, sometimes two. Add the first fly which should be an attractor pattern such as a San Juan worm. Then below the first fly, add a midge and then a second midge below that. Be sure to keep the heaviest weight midge on the very end, to avoid bird nesting your line. The other benefit to nymphing 3 flies on a single line of tippet is the ability to try multiple colors and patterns all at once. Then you can dial in the pattern that is producing fish more quickly. When the mercury is falling and the fly lines are calling, make sure to hit the water with your buffet-style nymph rig! Top 3 recommended Winter Flies-Nymphs: