Podcast: Winter Fly-Fishing in the Far North, with Timbre Pringle

Interview begins at 40:08.

Continuing our exploration of winter trout fishing techniques, this week my guest is angler and photographer Timbre Pringle. You have likely seen photos of Timbre or ones taken by her and her husband, Darcy, in Orvis catalogs and ads, as well as in many of the fly-fishing magazines. She doesn’t exactly fish in the far north as she fishes in Alberta, in southern Canada, but for most Americans any place in Canada seems like the far north. Timbre discusses fishing her local river, the Bow, in the winter, and she offers tips that will work during the winter in any trout stream.

In the Fly Box, listeners share the following questions, comments, and tips:

  • I have been taken to task for telling people to never trust anglers who tell them to “never” or “always” do something, yet I tell people to always check their knots.
  • A tip for carrying two rods in one case.
  • Will a textured Orvis Pro Fly Line give me more distance?
  • Where do you start making changes when things just aren’t working?
  • How do you estimate the depth of the water where you’re going to fish your nymph?
  • I saw a recommendation in a book for an 8-foot rod for 6/7-weight line for trout. Most other people in my river use 3-weights. What gives?
  • Can I fish a dry fly on my 10-foot, 3-weight Recon rod?
  • Are the flow levels I see online useful?
  • How do I fish nymphs in a deep, slow plunge pool?
  • Should I spit on my flies to get them to sink?
  • What do you think about UV tying materials?

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2 thoughts on “Podcast: Winter Fly-Fishing in the Far North, with Timbre Pringle”

  1. Hi Tom
    I’ve truly enjoyed your winter fishing podcasts. I live in Montana and the cold months are my favorite times to be on the water.
    About WD-40. I use it and it works great. I spray a small amount on a rag and rub the top 4 guides. A little dab will do it. It will last for quite a long time. I do clean my line each month and I think this takes care of any possible line damage. It’s worked for me so far.
    One question for future guests. I do everything I can to reduce the fish’s stress after I hook it until I can successfully release it, regardless of the time of year. In the winter with its metabolism reduced, are there any secrets to playing and landing the fish that will improve a successful release?

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