A number of counties have started enforcing “locals only” restrictions and even closures on outdoor activities and public land access within their county lines. So, while fishing is still an “essential activity,” statewide, anglers may not be able to visit their favorite river if it is located outside their residential county. To help anglers better understand the regulations and counties enforcing “locals only” restrictions, we’ve put together a list of counties and their current COVID-19 fishing restrictions.
Fishing during the warmest hours of the day will improve your odds of finding active and feeding trout. The next thing you need to do is layer up with heat retaining clothing, pack an element-proof jacket, fishing gloves and something to keep your head warm.
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.
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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...