PODCAST: Winter Skills Series, #6: Dry Flies in the Winter — S6, Ep6

by | Feb 19, 2023 | 6 comments

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This is episode six of season six, with the Troutbitten skills series on winter fishing. We’ve covered locations and expectations, where to find trout, and their wintertime habits. We did two full podcasts on staying warm from head to toe. We talked about fishing nymphs in these waters, streamers in these waters, and now we’re ready to talk about dry flies.

Specifically, this conversation is dedicated to what is different or unique about fishing dry flies in the winter, versus other times of the year.

My friend, Austin Dando, joins me for a great conversation about the floaters. This is a fun one.

We Cover the Following
  • Where to find rising trout
  • Regional and geographical variations
  • Expected hatches
  • Spring waters, tailwaters, freestoners
  • Water types for small flies
  • Hatches and patterns to match
  • Why local knowledge is supreme
  • The dead drift is everything
  • Presentation specifics
  • Leader adjustments
  • Fishing two dries
  • Fishing dry dropper in the winter
  •  . . . and more

READ: Troutbitten | Category | Fly Fishing in the Winter
READ: Troutbitten | The George Harvey Leader Design
READ: Troutbitten | Category | Dry Fly Fishing
PODCAST: Troutbitten | Hatches and Strategies, S3 Ep3
READ: Troutbitten | That’s Not a Dead Drift

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  1. What is up with all the rod racks this year? I almost never see them and this year I’ve seen dozens, hell I saw 2 this morning at the grocery store.

    “So you did go to middle school” quote of the season.

    Great Podcast, brightened my Monday


  2. I counted 5 risers the other day ,unfortunately I haven’t graduated to drys yet.

  3. Enjoyed the podcast on dry fly in winter. But what got me to comment is that a couple weeks ago I watched a interview with Hacksaw Jim Duggen. Very cool interview and surprised you mentioned him.

  4. Frog’s Fanny might not ever sponsor you guys, but you’ve still got a chance with Flyagra. Especially since you guys are such fans of getting up early in the morning 🙂

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen trout rising in the colder months here in Australia. However, I do get the odd slurp of my small orange thingamabobber. If I tie up a floating egg, does that count as dry fly fishing?

    Loving the goofing around throughout this episode. I think the subject would be a bit dry otherwise.

  5. For your Harvey leaders do you use a leader tying tool to help with the blood knots or do you do them all by hand? With as many leaders as you are selling I imagine you probably have a pretty streamlined system for tying them. I bet your sons are getting pretty damn good at it as well.

    • Hey Matt. I don’t tie the leaders in the shop. It would literally be a full time job. Sold 900 leaders in the last round.

      But there is no tool better than your hands for tying and knot. Tools do nothing but slow you down, in my opinion.


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