Winter fishing is better in the snow

Winter fishing is better in the snow

To misphrase the Dude: “Snow really ties the woods together.”  Things get a bit dim in the winter around here, especially on these short days.  It’s nice to have some early snow, and extra water in the river.  Walking upstream in higher water is...
A few warm days

A few warm days

After nine days in North Dakota chasing the wily pheasant (and a few Hungarian partridges, now skinned and preserved) I was anxious to hit the river to see what’s doing, as they say.  Denny, Kim and I sped to the river around 1 pm today for a short float which...
Here’s a tip, keep your faucets on drip

Here’s a tip, keep your faucets on drip

This is not the November I envisioned.  In my head I had 40s, drop-back trout, nymph fishing, a few streamer floats.  Instead todays high was 18, wind chill had us below zero, and it snowed all day.  I stared at the sign in front of the shop: Here’s a tip, get...
First snow, forever snow?

First snow, forever snow?

Winter came early.  Today we got a couple inches of unseasonably dry powder: January-type snow.  It’s a bit early for this stuff.  My “winters coming” chores are mostly undone.  Oh well.  I hadn’t been fishing in a while and, heck, winter is...
The unique opportunities of fall

The unique opportunities of fall

For most of the year, a trout is worried about eating while not being eaten.  But for the next three weeks, trout split their time between food and survival, and spawning.  Sometimes interrelatedly, often in difficult to understand ways.  Almost all the trout caught...