January 14, 2019

For the most part, winter fly fishing calls for microscopic nymphs and the occasional streamer. However, under the right conditions, fishing dry flies can be very productive and frankly, a nice break from the indicator crazies. You know that feeling, your indicator twitches ever so slightly and you set the hook to only find moss on the other end of the line. Then, you repeat that drill until you’ve lost your mind. Well, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Here we’ll discuss some of the intricacies around dry fly fishing in the winter and how to have a productive day on that bone chilling water. 

 Photo Credit: Dustin Doss @ddoss86

  1. Only cast to rising trout: This is a great rule to live by year round, but it is particularly important in the winter. If you are not seeing trout actively feeding on the surface, you’re better off nymphing. In the spring, summer and fall, you can easily entice a curious trout with a beefy dry fly, despite no hatch activity, but in the winter, trout are...

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