Warming up to winter fishing | PostIndependent.com

Warming up to winter fishing

On the Fly
Will Sands
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

With the advent of snow throughout the valley, we are blessed with a variety of activities to choose from.

Visitors spend much of their time planning the day around mountain activities, and most of them find the concept of winter fly fishing amazing.

Many locals know they can sneak in a few great runs in the morning and spend a couple hours catching trout in the afternoon.

Even at this time of year, local anglers and guides relish the opportunity to fish on a midvalley day when the temperature is approaching 40 degrees or better, and then float-fish the rivers.

Floating on a balmy winter day is an experience not soon forgotten.

Most float guides bring propane heaters, hot soup and tea along with layers of clothing to keep you warm on a wintry day.

Snow in the forecast is often a sign of great floating and good all-around fishing conditions to come.

Snow and overcast evenings act as an insulator and maintain warmer nightly temperatures much better than bright, cold nights.

These warmer nights keep our local river temperatures stable and ideal for a day of angling opportunities.

This week, fishing opportunities abound throughout the valley, for wading or floating.

Anglers headed out this week should be focused on fishing the slower, deeper pools, wherever they decide to wet a line.

Fly selection should be comprised mainly of midges, some baetis imitations, and attractor patterns, like eggs, prince nymphs, 20 inchers or pheasant tails.

These are good lead patterns that can trigger strikes.

Generally speaking, look for the trout to key in on midges early and late in the day, while baetis and attractor patterns will fish best during midday.

As much as possible, we prefer to fish in the sunlight during the morning hours to help stay warm. By late afternoons – once the day warms up – it seems as if the fish are feeding better under shade or overcast conditions.

Stop by your local shop to hook up with a good guide or get the latest info on where to be with exactly the right flies.

Tis the season, so make sure you do not overlook finding that something special for the angler in your life!

– This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at (970) 927-4374 or taylorcreek.com.

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