Dedicated fly fisherman have a knack for finding suitable places to cast a fly rod no matter the time of year. But if you are new to the sport, it’s natural to wonder, when is fly fishing season?
Fly fishing season peaks between the months of April and October. Though, for fly fishermen willing to brave the cold weather, it is technically a year-round sport. Additionally, with an abundance of warm weather destinations, fly fishing can be enjoyed all year long.
To be honest, fly fishing season really just depends on the species of fish you are trying to catch, and your willingness to get out on the water.
Spring Fly Fishing
Ah, Spring. The cold winter chill is starting to transform into a warm spring breeze, the flowers are blooming, and fish are hungry. So rig-up your fly rod, because you might just run into some of the best fishing of the year. You just need to know what to look for.
Tips For The Spring Fly Fishing Season
I’ll be honest, my least favorite part about spring fly fishing is the unpredictable weather. One moment, you’re fly fishing in the middle of a calm, 60-degree day, and the next, a freezing cold wind picks-up and blows in a surprise snow storm. But, if you come prepared with everything from a rain jacket to a winter coat, Spring can be a great time to hit the water. In fact, here are a few spring fly fishing tips.
- Get Deep
If you want to catch a lot of fish in the Spring, you should rig-up your rod for nymphing. Since the water hasn’t had sufficient time to warm up after Winter, there will be fewer bugs hatching in the water. That means, the fish will be hanging out in the depths. So, use a long leader, throw on some bead heads, add a bunch of weight, and get those flies deep.
- Look For Afternoon Hatches
I know I just said that there will be fewer hatches in spring-time, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep an eye out for them. If you happen to find yourself fishing on a warm spring day, be on the lookout for bugs coming off the water in the afternoon. The warm weather might raise the water temperature just enough to trigger a dry fly feeding frenzy. So, if you start to see fish sipping the surface, trade those nymphs for dry flies.
- Fish Tailwaters And Lakes
As spring begins to take hold, and rid us of the cold winter weather, snow-capped mountains turn into roaring rivers. In other words, with spring, comes run-off. So, if you are itching to whip out your fly rod, you are going to need to focus on lakes, and tailwaters (i.e. rivers that flow out of a dam).
Run-off is hard to fish, and in many cases, just plain stupid. Plus, Spring is one of the best times to fish lakes and tailwaters, so there’s really no reason to fish those raging rivers.
4- Be Flexible
As I mentioned before, the hardest part of fly fishing in spring is the unpredictable weather.
For that reason, I don’t recommend planning a spring fly fishing trip — to a specific destination — more than a few days in advance. Instead, plan a fly fishing trip, but be flexible on the location. That way, if a spring snow storm decides to rear its head, you can just adjust your trip to a less snowy locale.