Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by JasonG, Feb 5, 2014.
I think any where is gonna be tough when its this cold.
If you hit the lakes suggest fishing the drop off ledges and deep water.
Rattlesnakes' west shore drops off quick, though not sure about lake levels this time of year in terms of shore access. For me, out deeper is where the fish will be lulling around this time of year.
If you're willing to travel, the salt would be my choice right now. Pick a high, incoming tide.
I agree with steeli. Rattlesnake if not iced up would be best from a boat.
I tied flies today while staring out at the whitecaps on Lake Roosevelt. It was sunny but cold, the wind making it around -10. Though I have fished many times in such conditions, and I'm sure I will again in the future, I didn't have the slightest urge to venture outside today, even though I was aware that they'd just thrown a bunch of 5-6 pound stockers in yesterday.
Instead, I opted for a nap when I tired of tying streamers and midges. Listening to the icy wind howl was much more comfortable from my couch.
I might give rattlesnake a try. I haven't don't much still water any suggestions on what to use? I do have a full sink line.
Maroon, black or blond microleech fished low and slow of the west bank.
Stonefish gave some great advice, fish the salt. If the choice came down to fishing the Middle Fork Snoqualmie vs fishing the salt, I would fish the salt, regardless of season. Read a Roger Stephens post or two over on the salt forum. Become familiar with the South Sound, orient yourself to Searun Cutts and resident Coho, and forget the winter fishing blues. Salt will not ruin your trout gear, and if it does, there's an excuse to get more gear...
Ill have to look into it. I'm losing hope around here in the winter.
+1. If I lived close to the coast, saltwater would most definitely be my game.
The SF Snoqualmie looks like it's in great shape. Use deep and slow winter tactics and lower your expectations. Or hit the Sound and lower your expectations.
The fishing is easy, it's the catching that is a bit tougher
You will have to nymph, be patient and lower your expectations. Get out and explore the middle fork, it can be fun and I never know what you'll will find.
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I think I might just go for a hike today.
Use your hike to scout places to fish when it warms up a bit.
Take a camera too; this weather can make some cool ice formations. Also, you might see Bobo. Shirtless of course.