It was cold yesterday. My first winter fishing trip was full of learning. Yesterday my brother and I made the trek to the NE corner of Iowa to fish some spring fed creeks. The only other people out were a couple of our friends that we met up with. We had the streams to ourselves, which was nice.
The fishing wasn't great, but definitely better than not being out. I came up empty handed, but my brother caught 1 brown at the first stop and a couple chunky bows at the next. The brown was caught on a sz 14 beaded nymph. The 2 bows were caught on a small inline spinner. We saw plenty of fish, and even some rising fish late morning. I had one brown hit my nymph at our first stop, but couldn't manage to hook him. It was a strange take, and I was still getting used to the cold.
As cold as it was, hovering around 0 the first part of the day, we weren't that cold except for toes and finger tips. Layer your wool and synthetic base layers. Wear a balaclava over your face. Fishing with gloves takes some getting used to. After a bit I got in a rhythm which was only disrupted by clearing the ice from my rod tip. I will absolutely make another winter fishing trip. It was a great time, despite the lack of fish. Just spending some time on the water with my brother made it a good day.