5 flies to have in your box this winter

December 27, 2012

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winter fly fishing utahHere are the 5 flies you must have in your box this winter.  I really think winter fishing is some of the best because you don’t see as many people, the water is low and clear.  I do love midge hatches in the winter, it might be the best dry fly action of the year.  so here is the list.

  1. Midges – This means all different sizes and colors.  Remember, if you see fish rise and they wont take your midge dry, go smaller.
  2. Scuds/Sowbugs – This is one bug that I feel fish will eat year around and they are in most rivers.
  3. Pheasant Tails – Also a bug that fish will be looking for year around, just have smaller sizes.
  4. Eggs – I know these are the best at the beginning of the winter but you can use them as a great attractor for your second fly
  5. Streamers – In the winter fish are more lethargic but you can still turn some heads and catch good fish using streamers.

Most of these I know are straight forward but the key is having a huge variety of these flies because winter fish are more picky and if you don’t they will frustrate the hell out of you.

Good luck this winter.

Here are some pics of the flies.

There are a ton of midges but this is my favorite winter midge

winter fly fishing

Put some red thread on the head of the fly

winter fly fishing

I always use a flashback

winter fly fishing

Standard Egg

winter fly fishing

My Favorite Streamer as of now… this changes a lot.

winter fly fishing

 

 

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6 Responses to “5 flies to have in your box this winter”

  1. Danny Says:

    I am a big fine of you guys, I was wondering what the name of the midge you have the picture of in this article. Keep up the great articles and videos, maybe well see eachother on the water.

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    Big Hoss Reply:

    I think it is called a Ginny Midge. I have seen them on orvis

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    Danny Reply:

    Excellent, I noticed you have mentioned this fly a few times and also spoke of the ease of tying. Any chance you might be able to send me the recipe? Once again thanks, and if not, I fully understand.

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    Greta Reply:

    Hi: I was hoping to get in half a day of very cold fishing tomorrow…can you recommend a river/creek around ogden – eden? don’t mind driving! have been to the sports warehouse and pretty much everyone is telling me everything is frozen over, which, after driving around, I know is not the case…any ideas would be great.

    thanks!
    greta

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    Big Hoss Reply:

    I have heard that a lot is frozen as well but you are right i am sure you can find some spots around that are fishable. Weber is low and prob frozen in many areas. Ogden i bet is the same. Tomorrow is going to be warm until the evening and i would take the extra time to drive to the middle provo river. you will see some amazing midge hatches tomorrow and there are no frozen areas at all.

    Greta Reply:

    Thanks for that tip! Appreciate it. Hope you have a lovely winter.
    Greta

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