December is a month known for bringing colder temperatures, impactful snowfalls, and of course Christmas. Things start to slow down, water levels decrease, and fish become sluggish. For some, its time to hang up the boots and rods and take the rest of the season off. Others enjoy taking advantage of this time of year when rivers are less crowded and fish are stacked up in deeper pockets. It is often noted in the winter to “go small” meaning the colder the temps the smaller the fly. This isn’t always the case but it is very effective most of the time. In this tips and tricks video of the week, Trouts Fly Fishing breaks down 5 flies that will get you through the month of December. All of these flies can be purchased directly from Trouts Fly Fishing at their Denver and Frisco locations or online by clicking here.
5 Flies Perfect for December Trout Fishing
- Excellent bug for tailwaters but can be fished in freestone streams and rivers.
- Represents a Blue Winged Olive or Olive Baetis Nymph.
- Flashy but also subtle for those finicky trout,
- Contains two tungsten beads meaning it gets down quick.
- Represents midge larvae.
- Red works well in the winter months.
- The red bead is a great representation of the shine midges give off in there transition in stages.
- Tied in an olive color with a red bead.
- Very successful in tailwaters and freestoners.
- Considered your low flow light tippet sort of worm.
- Technical presentation with multiple beads.
- Great lead fly for shallow riffles.
- Uses egg yarn which looks very lifelike in the water.
- Created by Charlie Craven.
- Very simple to tie and very effective.
Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the winter months on the water, you might be surprised how much you like it. Small flies and slow drifts are the name of the game and will ultimately lead to your success. Load up the box with plenty of variety and hit the river, Tight lines!
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