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Old 12-12-2010, 02:00 PM
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Default Winter Fishing Tips

It's winter time again, and while I love it, it brings about some fishing difficulties. I just started fly fishing almost exactly a year ago, and I had a little bit of luck last winter. I was wondering if anybody had any tips that would come in handy. I will be fishing streams that are not that very big in size. They are occupied by mostly brook trout, and a good portion of those are wild. I am also in Pennsylvania, if that helps. Some tips would be much appreciated, thanks.
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I always relied on two streamer flies to get me through the winter on brook trout streams. Lew Oatman's Brook Trout Minnow and the Nine Three. Both of these are feather wing streamers and you may not be tying this type of fly however I will advise you to look at fly shops for something similar in size 4 and 6 and then fish them while moving down stream. Start at the head of the run/ pool and swing the fly across the piece of water from the head to the tail.

A quick search given the names of these flies will get you pictures. I thought I had both handy but do not, sorry bout that.

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Default Re: Winter Fishing Tips

Colter,
Pick the best part of the day to fish when the sun is high and warm (relatively), and insects activity if any will occur usually during this time too. Midges, Baetis, and Streamers are the main players this time of year, so be sure and have the life cycle of the 2 bugs covered.

And use real wool socks too!
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Always take some extra dry clothes with you in case you trip and get water in your waders.
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Default Re: Winter Fishing Tips

A photo of Oatman's Brook Trout can be found here:

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Definitely a great streamer for larger, cannibalistic brook trout.
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Take a rag to dry your hands with..keeps the fingers a lot warmer and use-able.
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Swing your flies, keeping 30 feet or so outside the guides, and flip the line back upstream. The less you strip, the less you freeze up your guides, if you hook something big, and you have frozen guides, getting the line in becomes difficult and you could lose a fish of a lifetime.

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Default Re: Winter Fishing Tips

Midges are a good fly to have, as well as woolly buggers. I know some guys also swear by various worm patterns, but haven't used them too much.

Another tip: If you need to make a quick fire. I always carry a small first aid kit with me, and in it I make sure I have a handful of cotton balls and petroleum jelly (Chapstick.) Put a nice size glob of the chapstick on a couple of the cotton balls and light with a lighter. This will stay burning for quite a while (somewhere around the 5 minute mark) which should be plenty of time to get you other tinder going.

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Default Re: Winter Fishing Tips

those streamers look like the ticket, black ghosts also work exceptionally well and are along the same lines as that silver darter. woolly buggers are a go-to and in some rivers that sustain shrimp i do very well with #18 scuds
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