3-4 split shots should get your bait down 5-8 ft. from the surface. Can’t really go wrong with midges in the winter, and that pretty much goes for anywhere. Trout sip these tiny flies warily, … Rainbow trout are particularly fond of them, especially the dumb stocked ones, but I bet you can get a wild brown fish to eat if you drop it on their nose. Parachute Adams (dry fly) I don’t think that any list about the best trout fishing flies is complete … Pictures of the flies would have helped. Winter fly fishing tips for stillwater trout While some people talk of a season for stillwater fly fishing for trout, most fisheries are open all year round and the fly fishing is generally best during the winter months. Midges are definitely a must. It not matter what u use as long as your fly is weighted to get it down where the fish feed . Sink it down low or get frisky and try it unweighted and just below the surface. The … Pulling lures is another approach that an angler can take to catching winter rainbows. Since it doesn’t have a bead, it is very light, so it won’t pull down the dry fly. Even... As winter slowly crawls along, most fly fishers are thinking ahead to warmer days on the water. It's kind of a sow bug/cress bug/crane fly larva/caddis/pellet looking thing and just about every trout stream has one or two of those things floating around in it. Historically, the Snake River basin was the largest salmon producer in the Columbia River system, once home to salmon runs numbering in the millions. This pattern for me produces better than any dry fly I’ve used. What do I … I use a size 18 Black Zebra midge all the time, it’s just black thread with wire ribbing. Tie simple rigs to avoid tangles and keep your flies in the water. If you’re nymphing with more than one fly (and you should be) this is the one on top. where in sc do you fish? These flies are all recommended by local river guides and have been tested time and time again to entice even the most lethargic of winter trout. What does this mean for the fly angler? Big fish, little fish, red fish, blue fish: every fish eats a midge larva. Best of all, the beauty of the WD-40 is that it could be a midge or a BWO which is great, since those two insects overlap during winter hatches.I carry gray, black, and olive for colors.”- Chris Barry. Sometimes I like them with tungsten, brass, or red glass beads, but more often than not, with the lows flows of winter, I’m a huge fan of the regular old Pheasant Tail without one. So, here you go. Weekend Vibes | Winter Fly Fishing | Rainbow Trout. I’ve also done well on hot pink zebra size 20. Staying Out of Hot Water: Trout and Soaring Stream Temperatures, Hurricane Maria killed mangroves months after the storm, RIO Perception: 'The Trout Line Redefined'. Thank you! Your email address will not be published. The general consensus for Winter fly fishing is to slow down. I just want to know your opinion on this and any advice for hopefully selling them in the future. During this anticipation period, thoughts of mayflies, stoneflies, and... Winter on the Madison River (photo: Christopher Daniel). Never go on the water in the winter without it! Glass adds weight which is really helpful. ... like fishing a rainbow warrior as the first fly and then a small imitative midge like a zebra midge on point below the rainbow warrior. Yong special size 20 behind all those tungsten midges. The first time I saw this fly I thought it was a joke. Though it catches fish all over, it is my go-to fly when I’m on the Blue River, and when I make it out to the Roaring Fork or lower Frying Pan between now and spring. Good list. Trout will move slower and our presentation of the fly will need to match this or we might just end up cold and skunked for the day. Tie some up on jig hooks with tungsten heads, put it below that zebra midge as a point fly and go for the gold. This is the one to have if you only had one and not five. Trout in the … What do I know? Have the fundamentals of fly casting changed over time? Really works here in SC. But I'll be damned if the fish don’t go nuts over it. If I had to bet, I'd say more trout have been caught on this fly than any other pattern ever. Get the latest up to date fly fishing report for Rainbow Trout fishing in Guadalupe River with the … These are our words: five flies. Trout during the winter months have a much slower metabolism that makes them far more lethargic than the warmer summer months. Tie some in 6s and 10s and you’ve got a stonefly. A wicked day out on the bow river in Calgary, Alberta, Canada ends with a nice rainbow trout fro Chad Bullock.Give us a follow for more … It might be the most boring looking piece of crap fly ever created. That's not a turd, that is pure gold. Most times I’ll run a size 20 or 22 behind an egg, worm, or some other attractor. glass head or body? The trick is to use enough weight to get the fly down in the water column, since fish tend to hold close to the bottom this time of year. No dries. Your email address will not be published. “When conditions are right, you can usually see fish rising to the surface in the warmest parts of the day, as sparse hatches of midges or Baetis come off. For PA, this list is legit, although one more fly I would have added would be the irrefutable, Greenie Weenie. Maybe trout like eating turds. I think he said head and body . Below is our list of seasonal flies for the winter months. As all of our guides and several of our frequent guests know, winter is an excellent time to fly fish in Colorado!In this ‘secret season,’ the waters are crystal clear, the air is crisp, and crowds from summer have long gone.Our many tailwater fisheries provide incredible winter fly fishing environments and are home to beautiful trout … I think everyone has their own preferences but the midges on winter though are perfect. Trout … KG replied on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 09:56 Permalink. I teach fly tying to beginner’s 12 months each year. Copyright 2021, The Orvis Company Inc. Don’t over-think it!” As Dave is quick to point out, maintaining a good presentation has a greater influence on the fish than specific fly selection. backcountrychro... replied on Sat, 11/14/2015 - 13:05 Permalink. We use a sow bug very similar to Walt's Worm. I do just the head, as well as the head and body on some too. Small. I caught four trout last week in about 45 minutes on the trout bead alone. When the water … We stock 196 different … Tie some, buy some, steal them from your buddy's box when he's not looking. And as … Any wet or sink fly needs weight ok . Even more important than your fly selection is maintaining that drag-free drift and set to everything. It could be the head or the lead wrap or even the wire ribbing . Though there is no shortage of fantastic flies that work, our guides have compiled a basic list of patterns that we will almost always have on the water, November through February. I have midges but not sure if I have a Morgan. “The WD-40 was created for the Frying Pan River back in the 80′s and has since become one of my favorite emergers of all time. This selection is recommended for (but not limited … Very effective if presented properly and for that I suggest a bounce rig. A selection of trout flies that fish well in still waters including trout farms, lakes and reservoirs during the Winter months of December, January and February. i know its tough changing flies in the winter 20 -30 degrees or colder but if u want to catch fish its a must. Zebra Midge, sizes 18-24 Maybe. Tungsten sinks three times quicker than brass, and that added density is great in low flows allowing you to use less split shot. Go size 14-18. Zelon midge or a Griffith gnat emerged….when the fish are sipping. “I fish various egg patterns at some point every day I’m on the water September through April—pretty much regardless of location. Trouts Fly Fishing is an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing outfitter based in Denver, Colorado. Depth is so incredibly important with nymphs. So there you have it. By Kirk Deeter. “Without a doubt, one of the best flies for the winter is the … This was a good one, I agree the black zebra midge is the most effective out of all the colors, although small reds have worked for me when nothing else will on spring creeks. This simple tried-and-true bug has fooled fish worldwide and is a great fly for taking some very nice fish during the cold weather months when trout are surface-feeding on midges or the sporadic Baetis.”- Dave Lovell, Tungsten Head Rainbow Warrior, sizes 18-22 yes.. and the bugger… any list that does not include a bugger is a half arsed list!! Thanks guys, info. Those brownies and brookies are spawning in the late fall and winter and eggs are all over. Winter is coming. When using a double nymph rig, I like to put the egg on as my first fly, and drop a smaller, more natural imitation, like a midge or Baetis, behind it as my second fly. They are at 6:00 the second Tuesday of every month at McWaters on Shop Road. Trout eat minnows and crayfish during the winter but won't chase them far. Anybody who scoffs at this list, the point (to me at least) is keep it simple and maximize your chances of catching something. I know people that hate this fly and refuse to fish it, but not because it doesn't work — because it works so well. Walt's Worm, like the Pheasant Tail nymph, is simply a Frank Sawyer "Killer Bug" fly, or variant at least of what FS tied a generation or 2 before us. - Fly Guide Me, Classic Pro Tips: 8 Must-Have Flies for Winter Fishing | FishingsBest. I usually start with a 16 and see what happens. You will certainly notice these flies are all on the smaller side and only simulate a couple food sources, but that is the nature of the beast when it comes to fly fishing in winter. The natural midge emerger is slender and sparse, and so is the WD-40. And they can tell you the flies that work there. It is nothing more than a thread body of varying colors, and I like it best with a tungsten bead. Zebra Midge, sizes 18-24. I have an uneasy relationship with boats. Dressed with no bead or no hot spot it actually looks like a little turd. Maybe trout like eating turds. Today, all stocks of... I’ve always been a vest guy. Yep. I bet you do to. The curved hook gives the profile a more natural representation. During the winter the metabolism of trout … Never a lack of naturals in the water noticed while wading. Since 1856. And though we are now in December and it’s probably time to put away that hopper box until next summer, don’t think that there aren’t plenty of fishing opportunities throughout the state. November’s Suggested Flies for this month are :-Baby Doll. ** Find the full Fly Fishing in the Winter series HERE.. These are the patterns that’ll get you over that seasonal depression. Want to save money use lead core fishing wire keep or strip off the coating happy tight lines, 9 trout today n a snow storm late dec. on San Juan.hands down best non fly fly for winter. Try using an olive cats whisker with an orange hot head about 1ft – 1&1/2ft below the surface and stripping it hard and fast, I’ve been pulling the trout out by the dozen in Stillwater. The five you need. Personally, I like to catch fish. Winter fly-fishing can be challenging and rewarding, especially if you use these best winter flies to catch those finicky trout waiting down below. His Killer Bug fly was brought over to the States and became popular through Lee Wulff: their generation popularized, and therefore spread throughout much of the fly tying and fishing communities then and now, many mainstay flies, or "classics." One of the most frequently … Black Woolly dead-drifted can be deadly on the right day too. Having said that, the use of large flies should not be discounted and a blob or cat’s whisker fished very slowly has been the down-fall of many a trout. My granddad fished with a vest, my dad used a vest, and I used my dad’s vest until it met an untimely end thanks to a barbed-wire fence. Carry this fly in olive, black, and red colors and you will be well rewarded.” – Chris Barry, “The Tungsten Zebra Midge is one of favorite winter flies. I fish this fly on every tailwater with great success in winter. The bead is the secret. by George C Costa - Wednesday, Nov 4th, 2015. Well first, focus your efforts fishing slower deep runs. I prefer olive, red, and zebra patterns, and I find great success using this fly in late fall through early spring.” -Dave Lovell, Egg Patterns, sizes 14-16 When Trouts Fly Fishing Outfitting Manager, Dave Lovell, was asked about his favorite winter flies, he said with a smile, “I keep my winter fly selection pretty simple: give me a few different flavors of a few key seasonal food sources—such as the midge and Baetis—and I’m ready to hit the water with confidence. I have never heard of a few of these patterns. Mayfly. “If I could only fish one dry-fly pattern for the rest of my life, I’d take a Parachute Adams everyday and twice on Sunday. The choice of flies that you can choose from for this method is very extensive. Fishing lodges, guides, and travel operators face uncertain future after pandemic-spiked 2020, Scientists draft letter calling on governors to tear down the lower Snake River dams, Rearranging deck chairs on the Olympic Peninsula, Patagonia is giving away the $10 million it made from 'irresponsible' Trump tax cuts. The Baby Doll is used to imitate a small fish, it works as a standard lure and can be fished at almost any depth with different rates of retrieve.. Part Two is here. Winter Dry Fly Fishing. I use glass bead heads with lead wrap and my rate is based on how many wraps I use it that easy . Second, the glassy water makes the slow, delicate sips of feeding fish stand out significantly more. Look for rises. The ones that will work when you’re freezing your tail off. January 2, 2013 I find it works best as a Baetis emerger, though I think a fish will sometimes eat it as a midge pupa. I like it best without any flash, especially when it comes to highly pressured and wary trout. That extra weight at the end helps get it down to where it needs to be.” – Scott Dickson, “With midges being a staple food item throughout the year and especially in the colder months, I can’t think of a better pattern to have in my fly box than the Juju. You should come to the Saluda River Trout Unlimited meetings. Notable winter tailwaters in Colorado include the South Platte—below Spinney Mountain Reservoir, below Cheesman Reservoir, and in the Deckers area—the Big Thompson River, the Blue River, the Frying Pan River, the Yampa River, and the Taylor River. What glass part of the fly? ... Get the top producing trout flies for winter … Tips for catching winter trout in urban lakes are found in an online Missouri Conservationist magazine story, https://short.mdc.mo.gov… This gets a lot of strikes for me in the winter. Must Have Flies: Winter Edition This fly is my favorite to fish behind an egg any time of the day. That's all I'm giving you for the next 3 months. “I love fishing small Pheasant Tails during the winter. Andrew replied on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 00:28 Permalink. You can’t just subtitute this with any fly. Kyle Smith replied on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 18:48 Permalink. I will often fish the fly below a small dry for those sipping fish that are in the very soft water. Top Trout Dry Flies - The Best Dries For Your Rainbow Trout Stillwater Fly Fishing Which Dry Flies Should You Take For Rainbows On Reservoirs, Lakes and Lochs? Nice list, I have 4 out of 5, no Walt's Worm. Nymph. Winter’s not all big flies, though. Kristina. The list includes minkies, damsels, … Historic Menhaden Battle Nearing Conclusion in Virginia. Fish water you know, and fish close to your car in case you take a spill. A look into the history of flies is always educational as to which of these "classic" flies have performed well in order to stand the test of time, various regions and fish, and also the test of being adapted by later generations. Agreed, size 20 black zebra midge worked for me a couple days ago landing a rainbow on a small stream outside of Ithaca, cold cold cold water but hey, ya gotta eat. Eggs and worms and all of a sudden you can smell the desperation... Jim Rauch replied on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 19:03 Permalink. Trout are not going to pass up a quick protein blast if it floats past them. Three of the best rainbow trout flies / lures. Thanks I’m looking it up. =) https://www.fieldandstream.com/story/fishing/the-best-fly-patterns-for-winter-trout Winter is my favorite time of year for trout. From back to front: zebra midge, frenchie, walt's worm, pheasant tail, glo-bug (photo: George Costa). If the temps crack 30 and you’re in the right place at the right time you’ll see one of nature’s most unique offerings - a winter midge hatch. It's bright orange or yellow or pink or blue or whatever form of obnoxious you want. When the water turns cooler, the the majority of mayflies and caddisflies cease activity, which leaves the midge as the trout’s go-to meal. Its a great fly that I’ll fish on the South Platte, the Blue, and just about any other river I can get on.” – Scott Dickson, Parachute Adams, sizes 20-24 Current fly fishing reports and conditions for Guadalupe River, Below Canyon Lake in Texas! The most up-to-date information on MDC’s winter trout stockings in the KC Metro Area is available by calling the trout hotline at 816-525-0300, press 2 at the recorded prompt. Lots of people there fish the Saluda. Multi fish days in heavily pressured winter waters. In particular, tailwaters—or sections of river below a dam or reservoir—offer your best chance during these winter months. Black and silver. Pound-for-pound in the ecosystem, midges make up the main food source. They find it unfair. It mimics the midge trapped in the transitional phase where it is helpless in the river and easy pickings for a feeding trout. During the warmer months, Trout are at-least 15 ft. deep and can even get down to 160 ft. Secondly, what do rainbow trout eat in the winter? “Without a doubt, one of the best flies for the winter is the zebra midge. Solid advice here. https://theflycrate.com/fly-fish-winter-top-15-winter-trout-flies THis article and the comments were very helpful in me choosing pattern(s) for November fishing. Dark. I am right by lower saluda just getting into fly fishing. I catch more fish in the winter on a small Griffith’s gnat than any other fly, though I usually wait until conditions are right for risers. Tungsten Missile. Red midge behind a trout bead is my go to winter rig. The flies that will work in 99% of trout water in both hemispheres during winter’s icy grasp. At any point, there are generally a number of flies that a fish will be willing to eat, but even the most perfectly selected fly is useless if the drift is sloppy or unnatural. If anglers are still having a tough time, I will drop this 12 to 18 inches behind a more visible dry fly, like the Parachute Adams, to help track the flies and drift.”- Reid Baker, WD-40, sizes 20-24 These flies work even when the rainbows have gone off the take. All add up to the rate the fly drops down . One of my favorite dry flies when fishing tailwaters in the winter is the Brooks’ Sprout Midge. Fly Fishing Tips for Catching Winter Trout. Flies like Scud patterns and Damsel Fly nymphs work great but some of the most effective flies we use are varieties of tungsten jig nymphs that are heavily weighted and sink quickly. Oftentimes, these sections do offer some specific technical challenges, but their relatively consistent water temperatures and food sources lend themselves to fish that are hungry, big, and willing to eat your fly! It also makes a different noise underwater. This offers anglers a great opportunity to change to a dry-fly setup. I fish them all up and down the South Platte during the winter months. With these flies in your nymph box and some water like that found in deep holes on the Eagle or Roaring Fork River and a little cooperation from Mother Nature, catching winter trout is not complicated. Required fields are marked *, Pingback: Video: How to Tie the Eggs Over Easy | Orvis News. Remember that midges are available year-round to trout, and will make up more of a trout’s overall diet during the winter months. Tie some with bead heads, some sparse, some plump, some more traditional or however you like to tie them. I have caught trout on zebra midge and pheasant tail, but will keep trying. Can I fly fish during the winter in Aspen? In this manner, how deep do trout go in the winter? Getting your flies down rolling near … San Juan worm in red with those egg patterns. Sure, there might be some olives on January 26th when the mercury tips out at a balmy 46. These are the flies that'll get you through the tough times when your guides are icy, your knuckles are bleeding and you’re really wondering if standing in 42 degree water when it's 23 outside is a wise life choice. Though the fly is small and more difficult to see, I usually have my guests fish these flies in the long, slow, flat tailouts below riffles—where you are most likely to see fish rising in winter . But those trout are lethargic and don't want to spend the energy to rise. In Jackson, those days can be few and far between unfortunately. Morgan’s midge is a killer winter dry fly. 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