Winter is the best season of the year for fly anglers. If you can bear the cold then you might have the flow of the river towards you. You might experience loneliness which is found rarely when the mayflies are emerging in spring and summer. Fishing in season requires more and more skills, demanding precision and it is the most challenging season of the year. As an angler, if you could catch fish in winters, you can catch it at any time of the year.
If you are thinking to catch fish in winters, don’t worry; here are some of the tips to find trout in winters
1. Track Softly
As the trout in winters usually slows down so, the anglers should also slow down. Rivers are often at their lowest level along with it clearest in midwinter. Trout in winter is not as jumpy as in the summer. Try to slow down yourself by 20 to 30 percent than your normal days. Spend more and more time on the bank of the river particularly in winters. Try to catch the trout as early as possible as the movements of trout are more in the morning than the evening.
2. Black Stoneflies are Best
The little black stoneflies are very important key during winters. These insects are much smaller than those used in the spring and summer counterparts. White egg flies, little black stoneflies, small midge patterns are the best and the anglers won’t fail most of the time.
3. Lighten Your Tippet
Make a point to size down on fly rig when you trout fish in the winter. If you simply fish a river with 4 times tippet then you will often drop down to 5 times. The light and shadow distinguish on bright winter days added to the low clear water is a recipe for making trout more leader shy than they might normally be in summer. It is also very important to drift flies directly to the trout in winter, so smaller tippet helps with presentation.
4. Watch your weight
One more vital thing to keep in mind when fly fishing for trout in winter is those lethargic fish are not going to move enough to eat a fly. In order to make them eat a fly, you have to hit them in their head. By doing this the chances of eating a fly increases. The top aspect of making a good appearance is weight. Change your weight for 5 times before you change your fly pattern. So be very tolerant and have a break between repeat casts.
It is that time of year when Stillwater fly fishing comes into its own as the temperature cools and the Trout begin to enjoy life again. Do not stop fishing for trout just because it is winter. Just pick your day and time cautiously and regulate your approaches according to the situation. This thing might give you surprising results and you might catch a lot of fish than your expectations.