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Winter Trout fishing




Winter Trout Fishing is not for everyone. Rarely does the airtemp reach above 44 degrees, layers of clothing are a must and fingerless or fingered polypropylene gloves are your best friend. If there is a wind, the chill factor can be biting. On a warm winter day, the weather is tolerable for the average angler. On a normal winter day the temperatures are marginal for the average fisherperson and on a cold winter day the temperatures are basically not enjoyable for the consensus. Winter fishing is for the angler, not for the fair weathered interested fisherman. Winter fishing is for someone who enjoys fishing and not catching. The catching can be great in the Winter, but when it isn't the weather is an obstacle that most fair weathered fishers would like to do without.

Generally, solitude, abundant wildlife, low and clear water combined with average to great fishing is why the angler enjoys fishing in the snow. Within the last week of writing this, I have seen deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, elk, eagles, hawks and blue heron riverside. The other day while fishing with one of our guide staff, I witnessed a blue heron trying to eat the 17 inch cutthroat at the end of his line. After the blue herons first mid-flight attempt at the trout the bird then landed 7 feet away from my friend and attempted to eat the trout while on its feet. Recently, I watched an angler fishing from my boat become a bit miffed when he thought he had hooked the bottom while swinging a fly sub surface and only to be amazed when the bottom started to move and low and behold the next thing he knew the bottom was shaking its head just above the surface and spitting the hook! All I said was, "that was a big fish".

Fishing roadside can rally up some interesting looks from passing by motorists. While fishing roadside during one of the best midge hatches I have ever seen, I was questioned by an interested person as to how fishing was. He had stopped to view some of the bighorn sheep on the other side of the river and saw me hook up on a fish. Anyhow, he proceeded to ask me questions relating to the river and I was so engrossed in the moment of this incredible pod of fish in front of me that I basically never took my eyes off the water while talking to him. Hopefully he didn't think I was rude, but what was happening in front of me was to good to be true!

Water temperatures are a significant factor during this time of year. On the Yakima, if the water temperature is not getting above 34 degrees on any consistent basis, you might as well hang up your rod and socks, tie flies, drink eggnog and hug your kid. That is not to say you can't catch a fish, but..................

There is just something about fresh winter snow and a river. The day is bright even if it is cloudy, the water is friendly even if it is cold and the fish are there even if they are not biting.

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