01/29/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges



Trout Will Not Bite In Cold Water. REALLY!

I'm not feeling very well today and just don't feel like thinking or writing anything.
Sorry for yesterday. I had the same problem. I think it's called the distemper. I
probably look and feel like a dog with distemper, although I haven't heard that word
in many years.

I check Craig Mathew's Blue Ribbon Fly website during the winter, just to make sure
I don't fall into the same category as many of those that fish the streams of the
Smokies - meaning, become convinced by those that like to write about fishing that
actually never go fishing, that you can't catch trout in cold water or that if you do,
you want catch many. That is total crap!

You will see Craig show that catching nice trout all winter long isn't difficult, at least
for him, and you will see him do it in very cold water. Yes, the Madison River is a
tailwater but if you will notice, he often catches them many, many miles downstream
from Hebgen Dam where's the bottom discharge has little, if any, effect on the water
temperature..

This video really caught my attention because in this case, he doesn't even use a
fly reel. I want give it away. See for yourself and also see for yourself that he is
dodging huge chucks of ice in the river while doing it.

Here's Craig showing you what the real deal is on fishing cold water.

I'll assure you there isn't any fake or tricks to this. He does it all the time on regular
fly tackle. He also has to do it within the couple of hours (at the most) when the air
temperatures get up near freezing because it's normally much colder than that most
of the day. I didn't say get up into the forties or fifties. I said get up around freezing
temperatures.

By the way, there's another hidden message in this video for those that think you
need to cast a long ways to catch trout. I doubt I need to say anything else after you
watch it.