Off and on, I’ve been working on throwing size 30 dries while at flat water. I’m avoiding quick currents and trying to see if I can get fish to take up top at slow or still water, even when there isn’t a hatch going on. The trout can eyeball the flies for a long time.
Six years ago, when I started to fly fish more than once a year, I visited the Swift Y-Pool on a late-winter day. It was very intimidating. Two anglers were fishing tiny dries and were catching fish in a snowstorm. I couldn’t believe it. I was in awe. I was a rookie and felt like
I was down at the Swift this past weekend. I didn’t see a fish in several of my favorite spots. Really reliable spots. I sat down and watched for a while, too. Nothing. Which is why, when a fellow angler just down the river told me a nice ‘bow was just frozen in the snow,
An angler whom you should meet is Gary Metras (our interview with him here). He catches many fish, and here is one of them. I am excited that he is willing to share his presentation on winter fly fishing at the Swift River. The link is at the bottom of this post. There are many