Winter fly fishing is almost always about good moments. It’s rare to have good fishing all day when the temperatures are low. Instead, there are usually brief windows of time when the fish decide to bite.
In this video, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop talks about why it’s worth the wait to stay out on the water as long as you can. Oftentimes, the water and air temperatures are warmest just as the sun starts to go down–which also creates low-light conditions that make trout feel less wary. That’s when you may go from one strike an hour to four or five in a half hour. Such late success will make you feel as if the numb fingers and toes are worth it.