Winter Fishing: The Most Important Part of Your Rig

28 January 2016
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28 January 2016, Comments: 0

Winter Fishing: The Most Important Part of Your Rig

Andy McKinley Winter Fly Fishing

Look at this photo.  There are a few winter essentials being show here…however which one do you think is the most important?

If you were ask us, it would be the split shot.  Use a lot to get your bugs where the fish are.  Without it, you will not be in the zone.

Of course the stonefly nymph and the small baetis nymph are very important, but it doesn’t matter what bugs you are using if you are not getting them to the fish.

The Simms Exstream Foldover Mitt?  Very important for keeping your hands warm when fishing…but they are just keeping your hands warm.  They are not catching you fish.  You have pockets too if necessary.

Well what about the tippet?  Tippet is a very important piece of the rig, and without it you are not even fishing.  Some may argue it is the most important.  But without split shot, all you will ever be doing is fishing in the winter, you will not be catching.

Have enough split shot and you will be successful this winter.  We guarantee it!  Well we can’t guarantee it, but it will be the most important thing you put on right now if you want to catch fish.

Andy McKinley
Andy manages Duranglers Flies and Supplies online store and web content. When he is not plugging away in the basement of Duranglers, he can be found in the shop talking weird flies, throwing spey casts for few fish, eating pizza, drinking coffee, painting, and raising a family in Southwest Colorado.

His fly fishing writings have been published on blogs such as the Daily Drake and Simms Wading Room.

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