With cold weather comes cooler water temps making for some slow moving fish. When this happens smaller and easier to eat food items hit the top of the list. Fish also look for slower moving water were they can use less energy. Here are a few go to patterns for targeting picky winter fish.
Midges and scuds make up a huge percentage of food in our local rivers and lakes. These bugs aren’t affected as bad by the cold temps as some of the larger insects and vertebrates making them pretty active throughout the cold months. With these bugs moving around more gives trout and other fish an easy meal to keep them going until things warm up again.
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Pairing a larger flashy bug with your smaller flies can be a solid option to get more eats. The larger profile can catch the eye of a curious fish and with your smaller fly below as an easy snack usually seals the deal.
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With colder water temps the fish are going to start looking for slower moving water on all our rivers. Find the soft stuff and put these patterns to use for the best success.
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Sculpin are a big trouts favorite food and finding the right pattern can be tough. The tube sock sculpin brings a lot to the table. great profile, movement, and is simple to tie. This bug also gives you all the great swimming qualities of a game changer style fly without all the shanks and extra time behind the vise.
Hook: #1 or 2 streamer hook. (Moonlit Hook Works great)
Eyes: Large lead eyes
Body: Techno Bunny Olive
Fins: Lazer Legs Atomic City
Tail: Techno Bunny Olive
Head: Techno Bunny Olive
The leaves are changing and the temps are dropping which means winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when the big fish come out to play and we have a handful of patterns that are sure to get the job done for you this fall. So break out the puffy coat and sharpen your scissors because this is going to be one to remember!
Browns are pre spawn and extra aggressive and the rainbows and cutties are trying to plump up for the cold months ahead. So here are a few of our favorites to chuck.
Hollow Perch, Turbo Leech, SRF Bugger.
Perch minnows make up a huge portion of the food base and the trout love em. There are also tons of sucker, carp, and chub minnows so tying these is some lighter color variation is also a solid option.
Leeches are another huge source of food and tying them in browns and olives always produces some nice fish. Whites and tans are other great options as they will imitate your smaller bait fish.
Simple to tie and effective is how we like our flies. The SRF bugger is a great all around attractor pattern that you can tie in a wide variety of colors and tie them fast. This has been a go to swing bug for us the last couple years.
Under The Bobber Bugs:
Hands down one of the most effective ways to fish smaller streamer and leeches. These bugs ride level in the water instead of vertically which gives a whole new presentation when fished under an indicator. The hook point riding up allows you to put your flies right on the bottom while decreasing your chances of snagging up.
Just like we talked about above perch are every where and sometimes the dead drift is the ticket. Also the smaller profile can entice the picky fish to take a bite.
Not only is this a great option for the snake but just about anywhere we have fished it. The hot colored bead grabs the attention and the shine of the burnt toast mohair locks em in. A lot of leeches found in our rivers and lakes have a warm brown coloration to them.
Blue is one of the last colors you loose in the water column so this bugs shines bright even when fishing deep. The mixtures of blue and greens and the way the midnight rainbow solar flare refracts light is why this bug needs to find a home in your fall/winter box.
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