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by Phillip Dobson
(Butte, MT)

It was our last relatively "warm" day for a while so I headed out to a thawed-out part of the river. Thanks to the encouragement from people here, I finally caught my first winter trout.

I learned quite a bit today that should help me in the future. Firstly, the Ice Off paste does work. A bit of ice formed, but it didn't interfere with casting. The most important lesson was to not slack-off on the rigging. Getting the flies exactly to the trout is critical given their slow metabolism, but it's tempting to take shortcuts when tying knots with frozen fingers. I wasted a lot of time with leaders that were the wrong length and flies of the wrong density for the run. When I finally took the time to get everything right, the fish cooperated nicely.

I fished dual-nymph rigs with the Sagiri 54 and a short line. I cycled through fly patterns, but every take was on a Rainbow Dexter (a fly tied with my brother's dog). I had some excitement on the last fish when, during the fight, the dropper hooked his anal fin and he ran me down the river. That's what I get for lazily tying the flies too close to one another!

With next week's weather holding in the negative temps, I think I'll have to be happy reminiscing and tying flies. Thanks for all the help!

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Dec 31, 2016
Sweet success
by: Hoppy Dave (SD)

Nice one! Now, you can get back to happily working your way through T. E. P.-T.'s "handbook" with a BIG smile on your face.

Dec 31, 2016
Way to Go!
by: Les A.

Nice job of getting out for some great winter fishing. You are going to be sending that cold weather down the Snake River to us next week! It was 1 degree when I got up this morning. Negative degrees next week. Time to think about some ice fishing or tying flies.

Dec 31, 2016
Indoor fun
by: Hoppy Dave (SD)

Sub-zero temps? Definitely time for indoor fun--sitting pot-bellied around the ol' stove, tying flies, and telling lies. My problem is that I am going to have to come up with some new tall tales; I know all of the old ones by heart!

Think Spring, and keep the dreams alive until then!!

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