Podcast Ep 14: Winter Fly Fishing Tips and Tactics

by | Dec 21, 2021 | 4 comments

 The Troutbitten Podcast, Episode 14, is now available everywhere that you listen to your podcasts.

** Note **  The Podcast Player, along with links to your favorite players is below.

Episode 14 is a deep dive into winter fishing tactics. And I’m joined by my friends, Bill, Josh, Austin and Trevor.

Because the trout have different habits in the winter, we refine our approach to meet them on their own terms. Is that . . . low and slow? Sure, sometimes. Nymphing is often seen as the go-to approach, but for the winter trout angler who’s attentive, the opportunities for some great streamer action are there too. Even dry flies can be an option if you keep your eyes open.

Why do so few anglers fish in the winter? Well, honestly, because it’s a challenge that many fishermen are not ready for. And while they might hit the water once or twice, so much is different and . . . difficult, that the results often don’t meet expectations. Then the warm fireplace seems the better option, and the fly rod is leaned in the corner until springtime.

So, what does it take to catch trout in the winter? That’s what we discuss in this podcast.

We Cover the Following
  • Approach, making a plan and choosing water
  • Find the feeding fish
  • Do mornings matter?
  • Limestone vs Freestone differences
  • Do you need to fish midges?
  • The egg bite
  • Streamers in the winter
  • Winter nymph rigging
  • Indicators, and bobber holes

 

Listen with the player above, or . . .

Find the Troutbitten podcast on any of these services:

— Apple Podcasts
— Spotify
— Google Podcasts
— Amazon Music
. . . and everywhere else where you listen to podcasts.

Resources

READ: Troutbitten | Category | Winter Fly Fishing
READ: Troutbitten | Winter Fishing — The Go-To Nymphing Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Winter Fishing — The Secondary Nymphing Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter — The System
READ: Troutbitten | Modern Streamers: Too Much Motion? Are We Moving Them Too Fast ?

 

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podcast.troutbitten.com

 

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Fish hard, friends.

 

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Enjoy the day.
Domenick Swentosky
T R O U T B I T T E N
domenick@troutbitten.com

 

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Domenick Swentosky

Central Pennsylvania

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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4 Comments

  1. Though it has only been a very short time, I am sure glad to have found Troutbitten. The podcast are really great and when I read this entity’s written word, I try to absorb every-thing placed on the screen or paper. Keep up the great work.

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    • Fished today, caught a beautiful brown, snapped a quick pic…then heard the dreaded plop of my phone into the river. Had to act quick and ended up with a wet and frozen left arm. Continued fishing and instantly recalled one of your articles that mentioned there will always be some sort of pain. Thing is, those winter trips always made going back home feel extra special if that makes sence. Even more so if you beat the conditions for a bit and catch fish. Hope you and yours have a great holiday Dom. Fun to see your operation expand.

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