Posts Tagged ‘winter 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!
Its been nearly three weeks since we have seen temps nearing the freezing point. The snow that fell right before Christmas is still lingering in the tops of the trees, and it appears there is no end in sight. There is not a better time to inventory ones fly selection and begin once again to refill the vacant slots in our fly boxes. However, no matter how much I love to tie, every now and then I need to refill my fishing canteen to get me through the rest of the winter. I would prefer to wait for a day that the temps reached into the thirties, but unfortunately I don’t think I can wait that long.
No matter how much layering and preparation for the cold one takes, there are simply some days that are going to freeze you to the bone. This winter I have already experienced a mild case of frostbite in which the top few layers of skin on a few of my finger tips blistered and peeled off after a week of tingling numbing sensations. The good news is they are getting back to normal and despite the ban from fishing when temps are below freezing that my wife tried to implement on me, I will be back out again very soon. I can only go so long without sharing a few moments with the beautiful trout of winter.
There is something very appealing about catching a beautiful trout whose colors are overly enhanced due to the white covered, colorless terrestrial environment we fish in. There are few times when the red stripe of a rainbow, or the blue halo of a brown look so pretty.
Fishing this time of year will surely make bystandards look on a call you the same name as the fly above (one frozen bugger), and think of you as being rightfully out of your mind. I still find much value in warming the fishing spirit when everything else is frozen. Tight lines, and try to stay warm out there!