WHERE TO BEGIN
Any fishery in the depths of winter can appear as a featureless expanse of water, making it challenging to decide on where to begin. As a rule, we’re often taught to search out the exposed shoreline as food is carried here to waiting trout. However, when Arctic winds ravage the surface, a cooler layer of water is ushered towards the exposed bank. As water is densest at 4°C, cooler surface water (below 4°C) is warmed up slightly when carried on the undertow on its journey back to the upwind (sheltered) shore (diagram 4). It might only be a degree or two’s difference but this is often enough to tempt trout towards the sheltered shore. With the bonus of the wind on your back, this should be your starting point.