The chill in the air, a freezing east wind, breaking ice off your guides after every cast, everybody and their dog out trying to catch a fish. There is nothing like chasing winter chrome. That's been winter fishing late December through the first week in January. With the last push of water and air temperatures hovering around 40 degrees the fishing has really turned on. I have been fishing non stop since Chrstmas in my local haunts and it's been poor to very good. In my 20 years of chasing winter steel I have never seen so many early natives. I turned back a 15 pound buck last week, and as of Sunday I have seen many fish. I hope this trend continues.
Most of my winter fishing is local but I know of a couple guys that have been putting the crush on them on the coast. My openings are limited this year, and as always the river condition is critical as well as fragile, but hey, so far so good. I look forward to hearing from you this season for winter steel or to talk about Trout and Steelhead trips in the spring.