– A trio of hot flies for winter fishing
Winter trout fishing in my home area, isn’t all bad. In the lakes, there can be a hectic period around ice-out, when the resident brown trout raid the shores chasing baitfish. In the rivers most fishing is on sea run brown, after breeding some of the silver tourists stay in the river, simply because the combination of salt and cold water is more trouble than gain. Often there is plenty of food to be found in the rivers as well, and even seatrout (sea run brown) that doesn’t breed this season, run up the river for these reasons.
In the salt, the action is improving as the temperatures start rising slightly. The trout that already have left the river, are hungry and hunt, even though their metabolism is slow in the cold water.
No matter where I choose to fish this time of year, I have plenty of hot coloured flies in the box. The Mickey Finn bucktail is one of these. A week ago it got me a 5 pounder in one of the small local streams. A beautiful and golden trout in exceptional good condition here at midwinter.
A couple of other favourites for winter fishing are two of the world’s most iconic steelhead flies. The Skykomish Sunrise (tying sbs added to my YouTube Channel a few weeks ago) and the equally beautiful Polar Shrimp, that is today’s brand new video on the channel.
Check them out right here…
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