As it is impossible for some flies to be bought from anywhere I guess it is great idea to invest in fly tying tools. Tail: 4-5 Black or natural pheasant tail fibers Splurge and upgrade to an SUV: You'll be glad you did if a winter storm kicks up. You’re kind of at the mercy of your host. These eggs hatch throughout the winter, and the little flies have nowhere to go but the home. I’ve seen them on Etsy and eBay. It’s easy to tie, easy to fish, and will produce fish throughout the year. Trout do the same thing. Hook: Tiemco 2488 #18-24 No dries. Getting your flies down rolling near … But those trout are lethargic and don't want to spend the energy to rise. Coating: Coat the entire fly with 5-minute epoxy. One of the main sources of insect activity during the winter months is the midge. It was always said by locals that if you caught even just one fish on that stream in a day, you’ve “graduated”. Conventional wisdom says that “winter=small, black flies” and at this point, you might be wondering why I haven’t mentioned them yet. The Northeast is served by so many airports in both New York State and New England, you'll want to compare schedules and airfares for more than one to find the best deal for your winter trip. Certainly it will not be at the crack of dawn so a little sun on the water often helps, but not required. The instinct goes one of two ways: abundance of sparsity or gluttony of opportunity. Eggs. Must Have Flies: Winter Edition. I use spinning rod/reel but bought a casting bubble – excited to try these flies out! Body: Peacock herl One of the best midge dry fly patterns is the Griffith’s Gnat, which exceptionally effective during a hatch. To target them, I tie three flies (pictures below). Back when glass beads first became a thing in fly tying, they weren’t available in any fly shop or fishing catalog. I have no fear throwing it into the most gnarly log jams or against ice shelves where I just know a trout is hiding, but where I also know the angler before me didn’t want to risk losing their $4 Orvis fly. Hook: Standard nymph #12-16 I remember having to go to a bead shop (jewelry making store) to get them. Rib: Fine Silver wire. variations of the Crackleback!). One pattern that struck me was the black epoxy buzzer. So why not grab a big bite and chill out rather than work for 100 midges? Thread: Pink 6/0 UNI Winter is coming. Pennsylvania is also a relatively large state that takes about 5 hours to traverse from Philadelphia on the eastern side to Pittsburgh on the western side. Trout would rather have that big entree than a heap of finger foods when the opportunity presents itself. They are often beaded or weighted to get near the bottom where winter fish lie. The idea seemed outrageous at the time. Black Stoneflies are ubiquitous and no matter the time of year they’re usually drifting along the substrate in some stage of their long underwater development cycle. https://www.youtube.com/c/UtahTenkara, Hope 2017 is better for you JK! It seems to work in just about every situation for just about every fish. Your email address will not be published. Step 1 Plug spaces or cracks with cold weather caulk. The Browns spawned late in Utah this year and the egg pattern and bead head zebra midge worked well this winter as you can see in the following YouTube video called “Winter Nymph Fishing with Tenkara and Merry Christmas”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4aN8LgHjjA, Utah Tenkara English Pheasant Tail Nymph sizes 18 and 20. Wingcase: Pearlescent Mylar For winter, I find all-black in smaller sizes to be most effective, but two-tone colors like the one pictured above work well too. Think of it this way. Probably every angler has one in their box. Thorax: Dubbing of your choice to match body or peacock herl. Cluster flies are big, stocky flies with dark coloration. Just carry one. It sinks well, is durable, and imitates a wide variety of aquatic insects like BWOs, midges, and caddis. The original calls for a tungsten bead, but I like the clear glass to make a more delicate presentation to lazy fish in skinny water. Sure, there might be some olives on January 26th when the mercury tips out at a balmy 46. Discussion Starter • #1 • Dec 31, 2008. by Vail Valley Anglers Admin | Published February 3, 2014. Thorax: Peacock herl. Do a totally illogical and unnatural blue bead with a totally natural and buggy looking body. These flies are easy to tell apart: fruit flies are tiny, lightly-colored flies with big red eyes. And the trout will actively feed on the surface when the conditions are right. And like the pheasant tail, it’s a bigger, protein-packed meal. Thread: Pink 6/0 UNI. On that spring creek, you could wade right up to a 20+” trout and it wouldn’t even bat an eye. It could imitate a single midge or a cluster of several really tiny midges. Caddis Nymphs. Fruit flies and cluster flies are particularly common in Michigan, even during the winter. Head/thorax: Peacock herl. Thorax: Peacock herl or eye For lies, this means they’ll regulate by either favoring the more temperature-stable confines of deeper pools or sun-warmed stretches of calmer, shallower water where they can bask. Thread: Black 8/0 UNI Brassie. Head/Thorax: Back Thread But this is simply not the case. The Teeny nymph is a pattern I rediscovered from my early fly fishing days and continues to be a staple in experts’ boxes all around the world for a variety of species. This is one I’m going to be a little more dogmatic about in terms of color and materials just because I’ve tried it so many different ways and this combo has reliably proven itself from New York to California; summer to winter. Thanks for this compendium, Jason. Here are a couple of must-haves …, Hook: Standard dry fly #18-22 They seek out warm, moist places where they can access food. Thread: Black 8/0 UNI Beadhead Nymphs . You could also substitute hi-vis orange or red Antron if you’re having trouble tracking it in smaller sizes. Thread: UNI 8/0 your choice The “host” is “the stream”. One of the best places to ski in the U.S., Jay Peak has the distinction of getting the most snow in the Northeast region, but it also offers a whole lot more than great powder for skiing. Enjoy! Honestly, I can’t exactly remember the inspiration behind this pattern. If you were really hungry at a really boring cocktail party and just wanted to fill your stomach, you could do one of two things–constantly nosh on small finger foods throughout the night, or gorge yourself on a larger entree and retire early. Body: Utah Killer Bug Yarn twisted and wrapped. I typically use black but you can tie it in a range of colors. These tiny black insects are found, even in frigid temperatures and are a key source of food for trout in the winter. But one thing was clear–they worked. Click here for tying instructions. Read more >>. I just invested in some of the flies you listed! Hook:  Tiemco 2457 #10-12 What can I say about this venerable pattern? The Zebra Midge is one of my favorite fly patterns for Winter Fly Fishing. Best Winter Time Flies for Euro Nymphing. During the Winter months, I’ll typically fish this pattern in a size 16. Body: E-Z Body extended over hook shank 3X the body length and singed with lighter to taper the tail end. Even though it might take a while for a stonefly nymph to mature, in their nymphal stages, they’re a still bigger and better protein source than #20 midges to the trout, right? Tie some, buy some, steal them from your buddy's box when he's not looking. “My boxes are divided into streamers, dry flies, and nymphs. Once you land, it is difficult to reach the region's ski country destinations without renting a car. Dry Fly Midges. Well, we did just that. So here they are …, Hook: Tiemco 24987 #18-22 One advantage to fishing this time of year is that the food source is more limited than during the rest of the year. Some innovative anglers came up with the idea and it spread fast. I mean, a BLUE bead? While I admit that trout can seem especially fastidious in winter, I also think that we’re at an advantage as anglers since they’re also (although they are reluctant to admit it sometimes), somewhat desperate. 2. This is one of my go-to flies all year round but is also perfect for winter. Probably the most famous of all featherwing streamers, the Grey Ghost is still number one among those who troll flies on Sebago and Moosehead and other big lakes for landlocked salmon and squaretails. On mild winter days your best bet is late morning through mid day. I have been fishing the marabou jig with a little luck (some of my catches below) but lately haven’t been able to get a fish. Yet, if they want to eat at all, they have to be congenial. Tails: 4-5 black pheasant tail fibers Don't even bother fly fishing for trout without adding these to your fly box. This selection of flies should have a home in your fly box. Thread: Black UNI 8/0 You will … The Zebra midge is a pattern no numb fingers shouldn’t be able to reach for in the middle of a frigid stream. Best fished with a 6X or 7X tippet in calmer, shallower waters or where top feeders are skittish. I’ll admit to an almost total skunking during the wintry months along the Front Range, and while just being outside, knee-deep in a frigid stream, awesomely blue sky overhead, is a wondrous winter present, it would be kinda cool to occasionally bring in a wriggling trout. I started out only using them in larger sizes in stillwater, but adapted them for moving water in smaller sizes. Body: Stripped peacock quill Wingcase/breathers: White Antron yarn. Despite it’s diminutive size, it’s still very visible against black winter water thanks to the white Antron “breathers” and wing case. Scuds and Sowbugs. As far as nymphs, make sur… It just looked sexy. The Killer Bug is one of those patterns that I almost (almost) feel guilty about using because it works so well. Tungsten Missile. Hook: Tiemco 2457 #10-12. Video Tip: Two Fly Fishing Knots To Know To Get Started, Fly Fishing Leader and Tippet: What, Why and How, The Three Main Types of Flies to Fly Fish for Trout - Fly Fishing Basics, 5 Of The Best Fly Fishing Destinations In The United States, Taking Up Fly Fishing – 5 Basic Tips for Fly Fishing Beginners, Disclosure for The Fly Fishing Basics.com. All I know is that trout find it irresistible. Need to impove my flybox a little bit with some good producing flies. These mayflies hatch when the water temps get above 38 degrees and are best between 40 – 44 F. They will also hatch during the warmest parts of the day 10 – 3 pm and can hatch on … And, you can’t blame them. Fish it on a 6X or 7X tippet and you’ll be able to make a good preso to any surface-feeding winter trout. Thanks for the list! Also Tenkara Bum. Comparaduns, Sparkle Duns and Spinners. And winter (for trout) is no time to be a finicky guest. Plus, these patterns are a bit new to me – I remember your Teeny Nymph posting and how the simplicity really appealed. Usually the trout take the bead head zebra midge. Imitates tiny midge pupae that hatch all winter long, particularly in western tailwaters. Even if you don’t try this pattern in winter, if you fish stillwaters, wait until the thaw, tie a few up, and give it a shot from your float tube or from shore. Terrestrials. If you only carry one size, #20 is probably the best bet. He was an early adopter of tenkara in the West and has been fishing the method for a variety of species since 2009. Thread: Your Choice © 2019 | TenkaraTalk by Jason Klass | All rights reserved, Click here to see how I learned about the Killer Bug and how I tie my version of it. This is another one of my year-round go-to patterns. Additionally, I carry one a smaller box, labeled ‘Winter,’ which mostly holds midges, eggs, and traditional Atlantic salmon patterns for lake-run trout. Epoxy isn’t everyone’s favorite to work with (and not mine either) but it does produce a good end result. Stonefly Nymphs. As we have discussed earlier if you find deep, slower pools you have already found trout. You can always swat or spray them, but a few other common pest control products should eliminate the flies. Midges and Chironomids. In fact, they would just laugh in your face. Built on the Genesis Framework. Trout are going to be the most active when they get a chance to warm up a little whatever that means when the water is 47 degrees . Your email address will not be published. Articulated Salmon … The Trinity River of northern California is a great winter fishery, both for … I’d eat it if I were a trout. Body/Legs: Two clumps of 4-5 pheasant tail fibers in the color of your choice with the tips folded and wrapped back under the body after each stage. Thread: Black UNI 8/0 As a former fly fishing guide originally from Western New York, he moved to Colorado and became an early adopter of tenkara which perfectly suited the small, high altitude streams and lakes there. We've got essential dry and wet trout flies in stock ready to handle all fly fishing environments to attract the finicky trout that always seem to elude you. The cooler weather chills the bugs down, making them fly slower than warm weather flies. They will be more lethargic to conserve energy which changes their holding behaviours, patterns, and lies. There, the midges are huge compared to what we usually think of–size #12, #10, or even bigger. Rib: Fine gold wire. Below is our list of seasonal flies for the winter months. These are some of the best spring trout flies to catch hungry fish. Treasure it. I empirically knew that contrast was an instinctive predatory trigger for most fish (including trout), so I asked myself, “what is the craziest contrast I can come up with that these fish have never seen before?” Then, it hit me. This fly was my cheat sheet. Each is a full-size waterproof box. Kin to the Chubby Chernobyl — one of the most beloved terrestrial flies around — the Chernobyl Ant is a foam monster found in many fly boxes around the … Hook: Tiemco 2457 #12-18 Body: Black or natural pheasant tail Especially for small midge larva patterns. Rib: Fine silver wire They often have a bright orange firebead or a fluorescent hotspot. It’s also a great dropper fly behind a heavier nymph like the bead-head pheasant tail if you’re fishing a two-fly rig. With this year’s mild winter, I’m guessin’ the bugs will get active sooner than usual. Click here to see how I learned about the Killer Bug and how I tie my version of it. When the water is low and cold, try smaller sizes with a silver bead and wire instead of gold and black pheasant instead of natural. Underbody: Fine lead or tin wire wrapped only at the thorax (crest of the hook) to produce thoracic bulk. A lot of them incorporate pink materials. Available food sources change constantly so, they find themselves having to acclimate to the water temperatures, flows, insect activity, and other conditions and take advantage of whatever they can. You can snowshoe, sled, take a sleigh ride, ice fish, go snowmobiling, ice skate and play ice hockey too. Using an egg pattern or bead head prince nymph and dropping off a bead head zebra midge is my standard set up for Winter fly fishing in with Tenkara. But they took the blue-bead midge. It happened organically. These flies make for irresistible fly patterns for trout fishing around the world. To be prepared it is best to carry a heavy selection of midge patterns, including nymphs, emergers and dry flies. So that’s why I opted for the natural peacock quill and herl body with the out-of-place blue bead. The most productive colors tend to be red, black and then brown. Josh Miller – Fly Fishing Team USA Pennsylvania Fly Fishing guide. This version is far more effective than the bulkier American version for imitating the slim Blue-Winged-Olive mayflies and small brown stoneflies common in winter. In the U.K., midges are called “buzzers” and it usually refers to larger chironomids that live in reservoirs and stillwaters. Filed under nymphs ← Corey Calftail – Ray Schmidt. Thread: Camel or black UNI 6/0 to match body Abdomen: Black pheasant tail fibers wrapped So, here you go. Rib: Fine silver wire Hackle: Grizzly dry fly hackle palmered (one size under-sized). Dry Fly Caddis. Dry Stoneflies and Salmonflies. Head: Light blue glass bead So, if you want to catch trout during the sometimes challenging cold months, here are some confidence patterns I want to share with you. In winter, trout switch into a different mode from the warmer months of the year. From mid-November until mid- March, fly fishing in the Vail area is fairly straight forward. Midges (and sometimes blue-winged olives) do hatch even in the dead of winter. Unsurprisingly, fruit flies are most common around your kitchen. So if you really want to find out where the best PA fly fishing spots are you'll need a good map. Josh Miller shares some of his top producing wintertime subsurface nymph patterns. I just think that its combination of iridescent peacock herl and variegated grizzly hackle screams fish food. Another staple that is a great producer when there’s a midge or BWO hatch. And I graduated with it. Mallard’s Winter Warlock (White) Sizes: 2 – 4 ACDPBM1028. Most people think that when the mercury drops, it’s the end of dry fly season. Tenkara Mark across the pond. Thanks! And the ribbing gives it the buggy quality of segmentation while the orange wing buds add an attractor quality. Hook: Tiemco 2457 #12-20 A Simple Formula for Winter Fly Fishing Success. Could it hurt to throw something different at them and see what happens? You might also like these ... Is there any other sport that goes better with tenkara than hiking and backpacking? Thread: Black 8/0 UNI is standard but I prefer red I’ve witnessed it enough times (and cursed myself for leaving all my dries at home enough times) to learn that I should always carry at least a couple of small dries with me even in January. These are the patterns I use when probing unfamiliar waters or when I feel there are no “special conditions” that warrant special tactics or flies. Best Flies for Winter Trout. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. I will not hit any trout stream without it. Legs: Black hen hackle. Also really want to give that Utah bug one a try but didn’t have it at my local store…any ideas where I could pick one up? Who knows? Locals are also very savvy when it comes to knowing what flies to stock up on when hitting area rivers for the best of Winter fly fishing. Like this article? Be sure to also check out my ultralight and DIY backpacking gear blog. Dry Fly Attractors. Utah Killer Bug. But on the other hand, these fish had seen every pattern in the fly shop 100 times on any given day and wouldn’t relent. Worms. Yes, small flies do play a big part (but not every part) in a trout’s winter fare. If you fish steelhead you work hard for this moment. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! But they still need food. I think one of the members of our unofficial tight-lipped society showed me some blue beads he got from the aforementioned bead shop and I took it from there. That's all I'm giving you for the next 3 months. Mayflies during winter primarily consist of Blue Wing Olives aka Baetis (BWO). The Trinity River, California. I typically only hit trout waters a few times a year but would like to make that a new years resolution to get out more often. Josh Miller shares some of his top producing wintertime subsurface nymph patterns. They’re all scouting flies that aren’t necessarily intended to represent anything specific, but just look buggy and have a lot of appealing characteristics. Pennsylvania fly fishing for trout and steelhead is some of the best in the country. Underbody: Fine lead or tin wire … Today, you can buy all sorts of colors and sizes via fly-fishing retailers, but I still find bead shops offer a more diverse selection. These are our words: five flies. Thread: 8/0 color to match body Body: Same as thread I thought about putting this post together on my own, telling you which are my favorite Northwest winter steelhead flies, but it’s already been done, and done well at that, by the Fly Shop in Welches, Oregon. It could be a scud, it could be a caddis, it could be a grub. Emergers and Cripples. Bead: Clear, pearlescent glass bead Disco Midge sizes 20 and 22. Required fields are marked * Comment. They employ a different approach to feeding to gain more energy in order to compensate for a leaner menu. Required fields are marked *, You may use these HTML tags and attributes:
, Jason Klass is a former fly fishing guide & casting instructor based in Colorado. Jason is an avid fly angler and backpacker. Dry Flies. Leave a Comment. Depth is so incredibly important with nymphs. 382 Posts . Both will work, though (depending on your hosts) you don’t know which option will be available to you before the party’s over. None of these patterns are groundbreaking by any means and you’re probably already familiar with some or all of them, but they have consistently worked for me so I think they’re worth a mention. This fly is the epitome of the nondescript midge pattern. It’s difficult to catch the right conditions in between. Here are our 15 best winter trout flies and some of our best tips on how to fly fish for trout in the winter. He has not fished a Western-style fly rod for trout since. The Best Northwest Winter Steelhead Flies. The concept quickly became the same tour de force brass beads did when they first appeared on the scene in the 70s. Winter fly fishing for trout can be tricky. The epoxy not only makes the fly look translucent, but adds a bit of weight and helps it sink hydrodynamically (not to mention making it bulletproof). Standard Nymphs. Do I really need to say more? (Also, I’ve been having a ton o’ fun tieing (tying, tyeing?) Body: Black UNI 8/0 2020 Catalog. Hook: Any standard nymph hook #10-14 It was during the whole glass-bead craze that a small group of us were experimenting with microscopic midge patterns to fool the wiseguy, highly pressured browns on our local spring creek. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Posted on January 8, 2015 by Greg Thomas. Hook: Tiemco 2488 #18-24 Name * … Hook: Tiemco 2488 #18-24 I’ve written about this somewhat overlooked pattern in the past, but when one of the preeminent anglers in the world fishes it exclusively, you should probably at least give it a try. 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