The first sign of winter pushes us to hang up the waders, cover the boat, and dust off the skis until warmer weather returns. Although this may be true for most anglers, the few that tough out the numb fingers and the frozen guides can have some very productive days on the river.
One thing we love about Winter-time floating and guiding is the solitude. Some of the places we fish can get quite busy in the spring, summer and fall months but in the winter, put-in's and take-out's rarely see much traffic.
We're basically the fly fishing version of "Cheers" the bar but with only one drink option (Coors Banquet) and WAAAYYY too many fly options.
As the days grow shorter and our annual water flows start to wind down, we can't help but fixate our attention on streamer fishing. The cast, the strip and the grab all leads to an adrenaline rush that nymph fishing simply cannot replicate.
Here we are. The sun is starting to set at 5pm and we're staring at winter right in the face. You’ve likely began to make adjustments in your daily schedule based on the time change but keep in mind that, as an angler, your fishing strategy also needs to adapt seasonally.