The rivers are asleep, the trout are on hold. Winter exerts it's vise like grip on activity.
The last few winters were billed as record snow falls, and record low temperatures. This winter is actually a mild one. It beseeches climate change. I believe here in the north, climate change is measured not by millennia but by seasons. I am heart felt for college educated meteorologist who come to this area seeking to advance their careers. They just can't get it right. The massive Great Lakes are a real weather anomaly. So hard to predict. A given wind direction, coupled with a certain temperature can surprise you with a couple feet of snow. Snow that seems to come from no where on a clear day?
Long cold snowy winters seem to make me appreciate trout season. When warm weather arrives I still can always find a secluded part of the rivers to enjoy. There is no substitute for "Peace & Quiet". The lone fly fisherman is a way of life like no other. It is hard to phantom with 7 billion people on the planet, you can achieve such peace.
Dirt roads with no cell phone service will get you off the grid. It takes research to find these places but the reward is bigger, hungry, approachable trout. I will admit I'm not a winter fly fisherman, but May 1st to October 1st I am an enthusiast...persona.
Many fly fishing greats, John S...Tony D...Ed D....Rob L, all old timers who have fished many decades and now share the rivers with today's influx of rookies still have great success rates. These old salts carry an immense amount of knowledge that I have pulled from over the years. No matter how good one thinks they are, sharing ideas and techniques is priceless. With that experience, I have honed my skills into a sucess rate of 4 out of 5 "good fishing day" success rates.
OK...everyone has their spin to put on the our sport of FlyFishing...fact is let's get to a river and prove it.
Tip to success:
Every river has a different personality...that's the challenge that drives us all.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.