Monday, November 24, 2008

Cold Weather & Hot Fishing

When water temps fall close to the freezing point, dead-drifting will be most productive for Ohio steelehead. An egg/nymph combo fished under an indicator is hard to beat. Steelhead will be found in deeper holding areas just on the edge of main current flows. Get a fly in front of them and they will eat it! Often peak activity will be "Banker's Hours" from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM- and just a slight rise in water temp will trigger action. Make sure you are dressed for the cold and your gear will function in sub-freezing air temeperatures. The Nautilus CCF reel is one of the best for cold weather. The fully-sealed drag system is impervious to any moisture and maintenace free.

This colorful male hit a purple Prince nymph.

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