Fishing Report - Fly Fishing the U.P. in the Winter Part 2

Deep freeze tactics

I'm sitting here with a smile on my face, typing away, because even though it's cold outside, there's still some good fishing to be had! You see, we're in the middle of a winter wonderland, with temperatures ranging from just chilly to downright freezing.

Now, you might be thinking, "how on earth can you fish in these conditions?" Well, before Old Man Winter really tightened his grip, we managed to sneak in a few trips and have some fun with the rod and reel. And let me tell you, nymph fishing was the ticket! We fished tandem nymph rigs with indicators and spent some quality time searching every nook and cranny of the pools and pockets.

But here's the thing, when it's this cold, fish are looking for the biggest meals with the least amount of effort. So, we repeated our casts over and over, and on the eleventh pass, BAM! We hooked into a big, beautiful brown. The key flies were simple - either a large beadhead stonefly as the lead, with a smaller stonefly as the trailer, or a prince nymph. For example, a size 6 beadhead stonefly with a size 16 black stone trailer.

Soon enough, the chill will subside, and we'll be back in the rivers with the sun shining down. Until then, we'll be tying flies, cleaning gear, and keeping our fishing dreams alive. Winter may be here, but the fishing never stops!



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