Winter Fly Fishing For Trout: Proven Winter Tips

so winter fly-fishing has some unique

challenges that you typically don't run

into in other seasons such as ice and

the guides flight selections a little

bit different and fish tend to move into

different water so in today's video

we're gonna walk you through how to

overcome these challenges and also some

other great tips to get you into more

fish this winter let's get to it



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so tip number one fish the warmest part

of the day there's no reason to get up

at like 6:00 in the morning and be on

the water the water and the weather is

just too cold the fish are not very

active if you wait further the weather

and the water to warm up just a few

degrees that can often often trigger a

lot more activity out throughout the

fish so focus on between like 11:00 and

4:00 in the afternoon so because of the

colder weather the fish tend to have a

lot lower metabolism meaning they're you

know they're not digesting their food as

much and they just don't have much more

of an appetite in the winter so the fish

are doing everything they can to

conserve energy laying low into the

slower water laying right on the bottom

so they're not gonna be chasing your

flies and they're not going to be super

super active so keep that in mind as

you're going through winter and your

fly-fishing in the winter these fish are

not going to go after a dry fly like

they are in the summer so skip the

shallow riffles skip the faster water

look for those slow deep pools side

channels seems just the more softer

water you can find those fish are going

to be hanging out right there so most

days in the winter there's not a lot of

bug activity if there is some hatch it's

going to be your midge so typically the

fishing is

with nymph inand streamer fishing that's

going to be 90 percent of your fishing

throughout the winter if you do get a

little bit warmer day say above 30

degrees you may find some midge activity

in that case you could throw on a dry

fly one of my top dry flies for midge

hatches are the suspended midge as well

as the Griffith net in sizes like 18 to


if it's a tough it's a bow or Rocky

Mountain bumping so nice rainbow we

switch over to that egg pattern we pick

up a couple fish so we're gonna keep

fishing that so the next tip is to

downsize your tippet now if you find a

mid chech and you're fishing dry flies i

usually go down to like a 6x

fluorocarbon the reason for that is the

fluorocarbon is a little bit more

stealthy and the flows are generally a

lot lower and clearer in the winter so

that way you're not going to be spooking

the fish if you have some large tippet

that you're using and when I'm limping

I'll usually fish like a 5 X or a 4 X

even when limping in the winter time I

usually use two flies if regulations

allow the reason for this is it just ups

your odds of catching more fish and when

you're tying on your point fly I love to

throw on something a little bit bigger

one it gets the fly down to the bottom

as well as it's a big attractor

something that catches the fish's

attention and then on my trailer fly

I'll use something a little bit smaller

a little bit more imitative and the fish

will usually look at the attractor and

then go for something that's a little

bit more natural if you're not sure what

river to target I suggest looking at all

your tail waters again anything that has

a dam on it that water out of the dam is

going to be a lot more constant

throughout the year one your water

levels and your water temperatures are a

lot more regulated as well it's not

going to ice up on you like your

freestone would and then your spring


Spring Rivers those are always a great

option as well because they're not going

to freeze and then anytime you find any

creeks or maybe even Hot Springs dumping

into the river sometimes the fish will

go in and stack up in the river with

that warmer water so another tip to keep

in mind is that the flows are going to

be the lowest that they're gonna be all

year and the water is typically a lot

clearer so as you move into a good spot

keep in mind that those fish are gonna

be a little bit weary they're gonna be a

lot more suspicious of things especially

high I typically like to kind of sneak

in to my different areas especially if

I'm wading in the water when you're

fishing temps below freezing you're

gonna run into ice and your guides and

it can be really frustrating there's a

couple different solutions that you can

try there's not like a permanent

solution that I found that always works

but one thing you can try is simply just

putting your rod in the water and give

it a little shake until that ice kind of

loosens up obviously you know shake it

off just a little bit so the water is

just or the ice is not just gonna build

up in your guides again that way it

allows you to get back into casting give

you a couple more drifts and then you

can keep doing that until hopefully it

warms up a little bit the next solution

is to apply some of this moon ice off

stuff you simply just apply it to the

guides that are freezing up and this

does an awesome job you're still gonna

have to apply it probably every 15 or 20

minutes depending on how cold it is but

this allows you to make a lot more cast

without the guides icing up on you

another thing to keep in mind with your

guides icing up is to minimize your

casting a lot of times it's the fly line

or the water on the fly line that will

typically bring ice into your guides so

if you can minimize your casting either

doing like a simple roll cast or not

casting as far then that really helps

out a ton also consider your own emping

a lot of times your own in thing you

don't really have the fly line that goes

through the guides and you're doing a

lot of short casts so that's another

great way to kind of minimize the ice

and the guides I hope you found these

tips to be helpful try them out this

winter and subscribe to our channel if

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thank every one of you for following our

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