To say its cold out is an understatement with temps hover at around zero oe below! Now as we wait for a break in the temps its a good time to sit by the vise. With the water temps at or around 32 dgrs you will want to stick close to the bottom so for the guy/girl fishing under the indicator the egg pattern(washed out colors) or a variety of nymphs such as a black stone, hex, caddis or a white death(minnow) will be in my opinion your best bets so stock up while waiting for a temperature break.
For the person who wants to swing well a heavy head/sink tip such as 10-15 feet of T11 would be the ticket in my opinion and as far as flies well thats up to you.........
On the waters I fish when its super cold I really like to fish a minnow or sculpin style fly and as far as color that is and will always be an experimental thing but Im a fan of whites, silvers, coppers and gold and lets not forget to therow a little black and some olive in the mix as well!
Until next time God bless and be safe!
The Fall fishery here in the U.P. has been and is still going strong! As we near the end of fall we are typically looking at freezing temperatures, low water and ice flows but this year we have been blessed with both above average air temperatures along with good/great water levels. As many know I prefer to swing the fly but with the strong salmon run of this year along with a good fall brown run the steelhead have been super keyed in on the egg bite as of late so this along with the falling water temperatures has got me sticking now close to bottom under the indy rig.
Another thing worth note I along with a few of my fishing buds have started using quite small egg and black stonefly nymph patterns as I do believe the fish have become smart if you will to the BIG spawn bags and such that they are being pounded with on very regular basis. When saying small I refer to hook sizes in that of 10-14.
Until next time GOD bless and be safe!!
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