Podcast Ep 11: Dealing With Weather and Fighting the Elements

by | Nov 30, 2021 | 1 comment

 The Troutbitten Podcast, Episode 11, is now available everywhere that you listen to your podcasts.

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Pushing through the tough times — dealing with bad weather and difficult conditions — puts you one step ahead of most anglers. The rivers and the parking lots are empty when the wind is howling, the snow is blowing or it’s pouring rain. Sure, we’d all like to fish the sweetheart days. But the more you learn to fight the elements and win — to have success on the water — the more you long for those tough conditions.

Give me rain over sun. I’ll take January over July. And I’m just as happy to fish in a snow squall as I am to fish seventy degrees in May. This is true.

In this episode, my friends and I talk about fighting the elements. How can we effectively fish through rain, wind, cold weather, ice, snow, hard sun and everything else that nature throws at us?

There’s always some natural element that we’re battling out there (usually it’s more than one). And if we don’t have a plan for dealing with these elements, we fail.

None of us spends enough time on the water. For the Troutbitten angler, the draw to the river is ever-present. And we plan for the next trip as the previous one winds down. So we fish when we can. Instead of waiting for the best conditions, the die-hard angler fishes because it’s Sunday, or because it’s Tuesday evening after work, or because it’s Monday morning after dropping the kids off at school. Few of us have the luxury to pick and choose our times on the water, so every angler who wishes to fish, quickly learns to deal with tough conditions.

Some anglers walk away when the going gets tough. But as we all know, sometimes the best fishing happens in the toughest conditions. So we fish hard. We persevere. We adapt and meet the challenges before us. And quite often, some of our most memorable days happen in these harsh or difficult conditions.

So my friends join me to share some tips, some ideas about how to get through the elements and get to the end of the day, not just with trout in the net, but with lasting memories and satisfaction.

It’s not just about meeting the challenges. And it’s not just about having fewer anglers on the water. It’s the satisfaction of being a complete angler. You’re ready for anything. Because you know you can catch trout in the rain, the snow, the cold or the sun. You have a system and a method of approach. Then instead of shying away from tough conditions, you welcome every new day — no matter the weather — as a chance to go fishing.

Question and Answer Round
  • What are the basic tools needed for fly tying?
  • Does rod balance matter?
  • Why are so many fly anglers also guitar players?
  • Do you most enjoy fishing alone or with a friend?

 

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Resources

READ: Troutbitten | Category | Fly Fishing in the Winter
READ: Troutbitten | Find the best light angles, and see what you’re fishing
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter — Ice In the Guides?
READ: Troutbitten | How to Wet Wade (The Gear and System)
READ: Troutbitten | You Stink — It’s the Wader Funk
READ: Troutbitten | River and Rain

 

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Enjoy the day.
Domenick Swentosky
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domenick@troutbitten.com

 

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Domenick Swentosky

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Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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  1. I’m over in Alpine Wyoming, 40 miles down river from Jackson. It goes 30-40 below in our area. Now for me, it can be WFO on those day and I’m still going to leave it all to you and your son. But on a serious note just how cold does it get before the bite is likely shut down and you decide to pass on looking?

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