Written by: David Garritt
[Editor’s Note: Here’s a great letter and set of photos Tom Rosenbauer received from podcast listener and blog reader David Garritt]
This past weekend, I decided to try some winter fishing on the Farmington River in Connecticut. Not having done much winter fishing and faced with an hour ride to the river, I decided to download one of your old podcasts for the ride. In this case, I chose “Tom’s Ten Tips for Winter Fly Fishing, January 28, 2011.” In listening to the podcasts, I picked up several useful tips specifically related to nymphing and getting the bottom. Once I arrived, I employed another useful tip from a previous podcast, which was to do a little hiking to avoid the crowds. Whereas one of the more popular pools had no fewer than 10 fishermen, I threw on a pair of snowshoes and hiked in about a 1/4 mile. My reward was spending the next three hours alone in 36-degree water.
Well, not completely alone. I landed three beautiful 16-inch browns on Tungsten Beadhead Prince Nymphs.
It was so enjoyable, that I returned the next day and repeated the performance, landing three more browns in the 15- to 17-inch range.
Thanks again for the podcasts. They’re a tremendous source of knowledge and allowed me to be successful for a weekend during this dreary winter.