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