I’ve been busy tying flies lately. But I was able to get to the river a couple of times recently and reconciled to myself if I really wanted to catch fish, fishing with nymphs was the best solution.

Winter Rainbow with $3 Dip | www.johnkreft.com

What a difference a year makes. Last year by this time, we had five feet of snow that had fallen. I can’t tell you how many hours I was behind my snowblower or shoveling snow.

Here is a picture from mid-December 2016. We probably had another three feet of snow by this time last year!

Walking thru Snow to Fish | www.johnkreft.com

But this year there is no snow on the ground. Which is why I went fishing.

Upper Metolius River | www.johnkreft.com

On a winter day, you might be lucky to see a few Blue Wing Olives hatching. It doesn’t last long, but if you look closely, you’ll see those little sailboats floating down the river.

Blanket Hatch | www.johnkreft.com

I’ll use two simple, but effective flies to match this hatch – an Improved Sparkle Dun and my RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple.

BWO Improved Sparkle Dun

Improved Sparkle Dun BWO | www.johnkreft.com

RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple

RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple - BWO | www.johnkreft.com

I love these two flies. And when the fish are looking up, I have a lot of confidence one of these flies will work.

But the hatch is usually short-lived. I wanted to fish longer so I decided to tie on a couple of nymphs. I’ve written about the set-up I use when fishing two flies in a previous post entitled – How to Fish Unweighted Nymphs.

Which flies worked last week?

If you look closely at the first picture, you’ll see a $3 Dip.

$3 Dip - Gold Bead | www.johnkreft.com

I don’t know why this fly works so well, but I’m guessing the fish think it imitates a BWO nymph rising to the surface.

Rainbow Warrior | www.johnkreft.com

And the Rainbow Warrior is another fly that works well too.

These are a couple of great nymphs to use during winter fishing.

For a good list of nymphs I use in my fly box, check out a previous post entitled – Nymphs for a Well Stocked Fly Box.

I hope to get out and fish later this week. You can be sure I’ll have these flies in my fly box.

Enjoy…go fish!

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