I’ve been hearing over and over that the best time to target fish in the winter is during weather changes. That is, when the river level rises a bit, when it drops, after a light rain or even snowmelt. Trying to understand the science and water mechanics I went rooting around for some podcasts on the topic. I found a podcast from Orvis that helped titled, Winter Fly Fishing Secrets: Big Streamers and Big Trout – 11/19/12. In which Shawn Combs, winter streamer extraordinaire, talks about these changes, “Fish will turn on to those little differences in climate change… If it’s raining I’m out there.”
I’m also addicted to USGS.gov, looking constantly to find the right fishing conditions near me. If you haven’t paid attention to these reports you’re really missing out. I am still trying to wrap my head around all of the data provided, but keeping an eye on the relative changes is bound to help your fishing efficiency.
If anyone has any resource that has helped them understand what makes winter fishing the most effective please share below or on Twitter with the hashtag #rogueflywintertips