Everyone loves summer and fall fly fishing, but what most people don’t realize is, winter is one of the best times to get out and fish. While the conditions aren’t always ideal, the fly fishing is productive and the rivers are far less crowded. With that said, the tactics change and that can be a difficult step for people to make. So, to help you make the transition from fall to winter, we have teamed up with Danny Frank, owner and head guide at Colorado Trout Hunters, to provide winter fly fishing clinics.
Most anglers have a love hate relationship with winter fly fishing, while others avoid it completely! Yes, it’s usually cold and frozen fingers, guides and line are a common occurrence. However, we are here to tell you why winter is one of our favorite seasons to fly fish and give you 8 simple tips to ensure you have a fun and productive day on the river.
As the fall season comes to an end, the temperature starts to drop and so do river flows and fair weather anglers. This provides for more serenity on the river. However, the fishing will become more technical. You may experience the occasional midge or BWO hatch, but most of the feeding occurs sub-surface. This is when precise nymphing comes in to play and using light (5X and 6X) tippet and microscopic (#22-26) flies is critical. Making the switch from fall to winter fishing can be difficult, but as long as you implement these tips, you may find that winter is one of your new favorite fly fishing seasons.
Winter is upon us and it is time to consider what this means for fly fishing in Colorado. At FlyCast, our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date and forward-looking fly fishing information for a growing list of Colorado rivers and streams. In general, our focus has been on the short-term (looking ahead to the next 7 days). However, we would be doing you a disservice not to consider the long-term implications of winter weather on fly fishing conditions in Colorado. In our inaugural long-term “Winter FlyCast,” we will properly equip you with the information and know-how for a successful winter fly fishing season.
Weather forecasters are working tirelessly to make long-term predictions around ambient temperatures and precipitation across the U.S. this winter. In the case of long-term weather forecasting, the old adage “nothing is certain but death and taxes,” could not ring more true; meteorologists will be the first to admit it. Nonetheless, we can utilize the data at hand and...