When the temperatures are low and post spawning trout are hungry, it’s time to show them the meat. Fishing big streamer patterns can be extraordinarily fun, but isn’t always as straight forward as just “chucking n’ ducking.” Even cold loving salmonids become lethargic when frigid air temperatures plummet the streams and rivers into the mid 30’s.
Wait for warm snaps, sunny skies and snowmelt will increase river flows and water temperatures. High flows and warmer water will put big aggressive trout on the prowl. Show them the beef! Try throwing big articulated streamer patterns such as the Sex Dungeon and Drunk And Disorderly. These big flies will require heavier weight rods, I personally prefer a 6 or 7 weight with a good sinking line to work the banks and get those flies deeper in the water column.
Even with the warmer temperatures, the trout may still be moving kind of slow so you’ll have to fish hard to get your fly right in front of their faces. Target spring fed waterways, the spring heads are usually feeding in water that’s warmer than the rest of the iced out creek. Fish smart, dress warm, and do as my friend Ian does, bring liquor.
“And remember folks, whiskey is a sweater that you wear on the inside… A drunk sweater!” -Ben Kauffman and Jeff Austin
By Austin Green