Wildwood Outfitters Blog and Fishing Report
Catching fish during winter is not for the weak. The cold, wind, and snow combines for a concoction that means trouble for the fly angler. It can be a type of bone chilling shiver that stays with you for days on end. No amount of coffee, soup, or extra logs on the fire can fight it off. Even though the snow and wind can sometimes create some unpleasant conditions, it's the slush or ice on the water that threatens to derail our winter fishing the most.
Earlier this year I was researching musky flies, and who makes the best ones. One name that kept coming up time and time again was Tony Sandrone of Nightmare Musky Flies. His patterns were more innovative and lifelike than anything else on the market. It was very apparent that an incredible amount of detail went into each fly sold. Not just that, but to see his flies hanging out of the mouths of monster smallmouth bass and musky were testimony enough of their effectiveness.
While fish might be in the streams, the years steelhead season is still in its infancy. Trips north to the "tribs" might be a bit premature, but that doesn't mean these fish aren't constantly on the brain. With that in mind, we decided to share our top three go to flies for Pennsylvania and Ohio chrome!