What a great weekend of steelhead fishing on the Pere Marquette River in Baldwin, MI… I mean, come on, even if you don’t catch fish, it beats being almost anywhere else in the world.
Would you go fly fishing (wading) when it’s only 14 degrees out and about a foot of snow on the ground? How about at 2:30 in the morning, damn near pitch black out and you’re casting to the sound of a fish rising, not actually seeing it rise? How about fly fishing in a drift boat on a 43 degree fall day in cold wind and rain? If your answer is “hell no!” I get it. BUT, you’re missing some of the best fly fishing experiences possible. Yes, seriously.
I’ve seen a lot of hatch charts over the years. Most are fairly basic. Of all the hatch charts out there, this one is truly wicked! Ya gotta check this out!
Business can take you places offering some great fly fishing. Do you make time? Fly fishing the Lower Provo River in Utah is one place I got to explore on a recent business trip – a river I’ll definitely jump in the next time I’m there!
Many fly fisherman/woman have never been fly fishing in the winter months or even late fall. Why? We don’t know. Maybe because it’s cold, or they don’t think there’s much action. Fly fishing during the much colder months offers its’ own rewards, but you’ve got to adapt to the conditions to make the most out of your excursion.
Fish are highly sensitive to their environment. Us fly fisherman need to be students of that environment and how it impacts the behavior of the fish to increase our odds of success. Some of us are better students than others, and a journal will help you learn more and be better educated to improve your odds on the water.