Winter Fly Fishing On Taneycomo


During the winter, our trout really key in on midges, and this has definitely been the case during the recent low-flow periods. Any type of bead head zebra-style midge has been killing the trout, and it really does not matter what depth you set the fly. Scuds are also working well, especially when there is a little wind-chop on the surface of the water. I’ve developed a new Ultra Violet (UV) dubbing blend, and this color seems to really produce when the sun is shining. This material is very visible, and I think the scud patterns I tie with it are functioning as more of an attractor type of fly. Dry fly fishing has also been pretty good considering the fact that it is January, and the best patterns for this bite have been Big Ugly’s and Cracklebacks. Who knows what the trout think these flies are, but the fact that they are working is all that matters. The best dry fly bite has involved twitching the flies while stripping them in very slowly. This added movement will cause the fly to sink slightly into the surface film, and for this reason, I think emergers like soft-hackles would have also been effective. If you are suffering from cabin-fever, now is the time to get out on Lake Taneycomo and experience the best winter fly fishing currently available in the Ozarks.

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~ by troutdoctor101 on January 4, 2010.

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