What do you do when it is too cold outside to cast a fly? You get organized of course! Organizing your fly boxes is also a great time to take inventory of what you have and what you need to tie more of. Can you ever have too many flies? I don’t think so. Everyone has different ways they like to organize their things. Here are a few of my boxes that I got around to straightening up during our most recent period of subzero temps.
Dries and Nymphs
While getting organized, I often like to think about the places I would like to fish throughout the year. I think about what time of year certain flies work best. Sorting through my still water patterns got me excited for kicking around in my float tube, chasing tasty perch and chunky ‘bows.
Sorting through my hopper and salmon fly box reminds me of much warmer days. Every spring, usually in late May or early June, the Salmon fly hatch goes off. Fishing the salmon fly hatch does not require a lot of technical skills, but it can be a lot of fun. It is one of the few times of the year that big browns will come up from the rivers depths and actively feed on the surface. As summer really starts to heat up, throwing hoppers can provide some of the most exciting fishing to be found. There is something awesome about watching a big trout slowly rise from the depths of a pool and inhale your hopper.
Stoneflies and Hoppers
My carp flies remind me of walking the flats in search of a good mud line. My first carp of 2012 came during the first week of March. I am hoping to catch one even earlier this year. I plan to focus a lot more of my time this year on chasing carp and really improving my carp fishing skill set. More than anything, I’d like to land a carp over 30 lbs this year.
The temps here in Eastern Idaho are finally starting to warm up a little and I have been able to get out and do some fishing again. Thank goodness the trout don’t mind the cold. Cabin fever seems to set in all to quick when I am not able to be out on the water.