I don’t do it nearly as much as others. I have nothing against it, but the cold.
I have never fished below 10 degrees, and as I see it, I probably never will. I don’t think any fish is quite that important to be out there in freezing, freezing weather. I fish in the winter months of November through February. Now, I added November in there because it can be pretty cold during that month. In the last few years, it seems like both November and February have been pleasant. Or at least I think they were. We often forget how cold and how hot it was once a new season rolls around. I was out a couple of weekends ago on the Arkansas River in Pueblo, Co. I was a bit over dressed with my rolled down waders and Patagonia Cap. 3 long sleeve shirt. I expected a cool day, but with the temps pushing 70 degrees, it didn’t feel much like winter, except the low angle of the sun.
Fly pattern selection is crucial during the winter months. Gone are the days of throwing # 14 Humpies and #8 Chubby Chernobyls. Midges are the name of the game. Attractor flies also work as do mayflies, but for the most part, its midges. On the South Platte River tailwaters, it usually size 20-28. Some days the fish are eating #26 midges. Other days, it’s a #22. Having some popular patterns in a few different colors and sizes helps to be prepared. Some of the most popular patterns include a Mercury Black Beauty Midge, Black Beauty, Rainbow Warrior, Juju Midge, Miracle Midges, Top Secret Midges and Brassies.
|Mercury RS2--Must Have!|
|Greg's Foam Back Emerger|
|The smaller, the better!|
|Make sure to keep a well stocked fly box. You never know what the fish will want.|