Love me some Winter Nymphing. Use only the minimum amount of line necessary. We’re strong advocates of fishing for wild fish, but if you can only get out during the coldest weather you’re going to have better opportunities to hook some fish on a stocked stream. Patches of dead water framed by swift water are prime. Choose the Water you Fish Wisely – Any angler who is skilled at reading the water will always outfish another who isn’t as discriminating. 9. Try Fishing Without a Strike Indicator – Many fly fishers are surprised to hear us say that no strike indicator might be the best way to go. Ameen Hosain is a content creator and fly fishing guide based out of Boulder, CO. Winter brings some of the best fish, clearest water, and easiest nymphing opportunities. Get down to 38 or 39 and fishing is extremely slow. 1) Midges Each method can be effective on certain rivers during specific times of the year. There are two big advantages associated with fishing a couple of flies. on what is most readily available; midge larvae. Fly Fishing the streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the tailwater rivers of East Tennessee and western North Carolina. As a competitor I can not use a long leaders, so as a replacement I only use a camou leader 0.25mm that is 425 cm long with the indicator. Winter is among the toughest times of year to catch trout in streams. This requires a strike indicator that can support the weight of heavy nymphs. These small mayflies are some of the most common insects found across the country and can hatch in huge numbers on warmer days in the winter. For such a soft rod I have to adapt a nymphing leader that should not be too heavy. Pinch it on your tippet 6″ – 8″ above the fly or in between two nymphs tied as a dropper. Factoring angles, tag length and the weight of the beadhead, that tag fly rides most often at the top of the strike zone — that’s the slower moving water near the river bed where trout hold. By Mark Hieronymus. Use Heavy Tippet – Some fly fishers are extremely conscientious about using the lightest tippet possible so fish won’t see it. We do not sell, rent, or lease our subscription lists to third parties. Sticky pinch-on indicators don’t allow for depth adjustment and are sometimes too small to float a heavy rig. Most people have heard about the standard indicator nymphing rig. Perhaps the most important part about fishing in the winter is the way you approach the water. Great article. ... Winter months are tough months to fish, but you can still land MONSTER trout if the conditions are right. (function() { window.mc4wp.listeners.push( We typically use shot in sizes 4, 6, or 8 depending on the depth and velocity of the water. Your leader and the short amount of fly line you are using will twitch or even jump upstream. When not at Alaska West targeting carnivorous trout with mice, sculpins, and flesh patterns, I spend many of my trout days chucking nymph rigs into pocket water in the Northeast. Small bugs and low fish metabolism mean that your flies must pass through a very small zone in order to be eaten. Here are a few tips to … Tips and tricks to improve your chances when fishing nymphs in the winter time. These bugs are small, and a fish must eat large amounts of them in order to meet daily nutritional requirements. Because of this, trout key in. 1. Not all pockets will be productive, but some might give you the best opportunity of the day. Having a smaller indicator also offers more sensitivity when detecting the subtle takes of lazy trout. When approaching fishable water, it is best to come from downstream and work your way upriver. Our favorites are a #8-10 Tellico Nymph or #10-12 Prince Nymph fished with a #14-16 Beadhead Pheasant Tail, Pat’s Nymph…