Win­ter fish­ing

How to stay warm and dry this win­ter plus some tips to help you catch more

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

WIN­TER fly-fish­ing doesn’t have to stop be­cause we fear the cold. Firstly, those ex­tremely cold win­ters of yes­ter­year are pretty rare these days and the cloth­ing avail­able now is far more ad­vanced. Add in the fact that our trout, par­tic­u­larly rain­bows, pre­fer cooler wa­ter and you can see why many con­sider win­ter to of­fer some of the year’s best sport. So why is it still dif­fi­cult to con­vince many of us to ven­ture out? Well, an­glers are crea­tures of habit and our bod­ies are used to go­ing into fish­ing ‘hi­ber­na­tion’ when the cold comes. So that’s per­haps one rea­son why we’re re­luc­tant to go. Another rea­son is that many of us just need a break or pre­fer to re­plen­ish our fly boxes, spend­ing our win­ters in­doors at the vice. But all this aside, are we re­ally will­ing to knock win­ter on the head, es­pe­cially af­ter the high sum­mer tem­per­a­tures ru­in­ing sport for many of us? Those wa­ters strug­gling with ar­gu­lus (fish lice) in sum­mer have largely be­come win­ter fish­eries as a way of com­bat­ing these par­a­sites, so they def­i­nitely come alive in the cold. Win­ter fish­ing makes ab­so­lute sense, the only draw­back be­ing the lack of in­sect hatches com­pared to spring and sum­mer. But re­mem­ber that the trout fight harder too, apart from in ex­treme cold. Here’s some ad­vice on how to keep warm dur­ing a win­ter ses­sion.

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