Winter Fly Fishing
Just over a week ago, I had the chance to get out and fish on the middle provo river. Lucky for me, this river is in my hometown(Heber City, Not Logan )and I have had the chance to fish it regularly this winter. There is one stretch of river that I have fished a couple times this winter, without having as much success as I thought I should have been having. If you are anything like me when it comes to fishing, it started to really tick me off! So I decided to go hit the stretch of river that has been haunting me, and try to figure out what I was doing wrong. My favorite technique to chase trout is euro nymphing, which is what method I was using. I had even gone as far as reviewing George Daniels dynamic nymphing book to review some technique.
Once I hit the water, I went to work. I started out by paying attention to my surrounding. I checked water temperatures and took a long look at the first little stretch of water that I was going to fish. This is also a stretch of river that is easily accessible and highly pressured by anglers. As I took things a little slower, focusing on my technique, I was able to start landing fish before I had even left the parking lot area, in a river that is highly pressured. I was taking fish out of the river in areas that I had been walking right past it to get upstream. I ended up having a stellar day which included a pretty good sized rainbow (I love the bows!) of which I don’t catch many of in the provo. I learned on this particular outing that I need to slow it down and focus on what I’m doing, and focus of the river conditions. It didn’t even matter what fly I was using, I focused on what I was trying to do, that is, catching fish. I took a small section of a stream and dissected it, catching fish and then I moved onto the next small section of stream. So the next time you are out, take your time and fish, without worrying about where the fish were the last time you were on the water, because chances are, they are not! TIGHT LINES!
In our Cold Weather Fly Fishing post I gave a few ideas on how to catch more trout during winter conditions. To validate these ideas Derek and I hit up one of our favorite stretches of the Provo River. As many people know fly fishing the Provo River can be very rewarding. I put together this video which show how a typical snowy winter day can be full of fish and enjoyment. Check it out above.
Turns out that the flies that produced the most fish for us were a pink anodized beaded Hare’s Ear, and not surprisingly a Pink Rainbow Warrior as suggested by Devin at The Tactical Fly Fisherman. The Hare’s Ear we fished is as simple as a small CDC tail, squirrel dubbing for the body, pink wire (I would confidently substitute this with silver wire as well), and a pink anodized bead. It was also tied on a jig hook which we are finding more and more success with these days.
I hope that everyone is finding ways to spend this winter both at the tying table, and on the river. However, if you are still not convinced about wading in a cold river while it’s snowing, at least enjoy our video while you think about the warmer days of spring which are sure to coming.