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Winter Fly Fishing Tips for December

By December 10, 2011

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We're a dozen days away from the official start of winter (Dec. 22), and many waters across the country are already starting to ice over.

Many Big Sky rivers, for example, are frozen at the edges with icebergs starting to pop up everywhere.

So what's an angler to do in these harsh conditions?

My first tip is to stay home. As my buddy Big Scoop likes to say, "this is fly tying season."

If you must get out there and wave your stick, wait for things to warm up a bit and try fishing nymphs you think will bring the trout out of hibernation.

Or, better yet, go after some of the more active mountain whitefish that are stacking up in the feeder creeks.

San juans, rubber legs, pheasant tails and beadheads are your best bet for fish this time of year.

Otherwise, stick to tying spring patterns and wait for that last Saturday in April.

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