Tom Rosenbauer: More Winter Fishing Tips

Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

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In his latest podcast, Rosenbauer talks about nocturnal winter trout, tailwaters, rainbow pods and fly selection in cold weather. Rainbow trout.
“I was answering a question on our Facebook page the other day about night fishing for trout in the winter, and I emailed back that I don’t think night fishing in the winter would be very successful, because typically fish start to feed when the water temperature rises a little bit. And that usually happens in mid- to late afternoon, when you get some sun on the water and some solar energy baking the bottom and warming up the water. You wouldn’t think that at night when the water temperature is at its minimum that the trout would feed.
And then yesterday afternoon I was going through some scientific literature on trout habitat, and I saw a statement that said that trout in winter are mostly nocturnal. Now, that’s one study, and I don’t know if we can put it to practical use, but you may, if it’s legal, try some night fishing in winter and see what happens. I do know that I’ve had luck fishing right at dawn, particularly in spring creeks when the fish come out into the shallows and hunt for scuds and sowbugs — freshwater crustaceans and crayfish.”

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