Cold Weather Fishing Tips

On November 15, 2014
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Originally posted on November 15th, 2014.
Last Sunday my wife and I sat outside for lunch, I was wearing a t-shirt and was very comfortable. On Monday morning it was 65 degrees out; by lunch time temperatures had dropped to freezing. It was shocking to see how fast the thermometer continued to drop the rest of the week. Wednesday night Boulder experienced temperatures of -11 degrees (Fahrenheit)! I thought fishing was over for a while. On Thursday I headed to Saratoga, Wyoming to give a presentation to the TU group up there. My wife thought I was crazy when she learned I was taking waders and boots; I didn’t disagree with here, and I didn’t exactly expect to fish while on my short visit. But, I saw some nice water  that was still open (much of the North Platte, where I was fishing) was frozen over at that time. So, I waded up and headed out before coming home. I learned a few valuable things while fishing in Saratoga. Here are some cold weather fishing tips:

1- When it’s freezing out, fish downstream from hot springs, fish and bugs will be happy for slightly warmer water. Saratoga is famous for its hot spring waters. I saw the water bubbling up, and it had this bluish hue and steam coming off it. I started fishing downstream from it.
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2- When your feet start freezing go to hot springs and leave your feet there for a while. Neoprene and boots will absorb heat and stay warm for quite a while. It felt SOOO good.

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3- ALWAYS fish near hot springs when it’s freezing out! Not sure why I didn’t realize this sooner…maybe because there are no hot springs near where I live. I suppose I’ll be looking at more 4-hour drives to fish in the coming months.

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4- Go to hot springs after fishing. The public hot springs in town were awesome. I debated whether I should go in, and I was very happy I did. It felt SOOOO good.

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5- Not near hot springs? Stay home by a fireplace and tie flies :) That’s what I’ll be doing in coming days, and I’ll be using the upside-down fire method (this fire has been burning for about 1 hour and half now).


If there are no hot-springs where you are fishing, consider carrying some hand-warmers and gloves with you.

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7 Responses to Cold Weather Fishing Tips

  1. Jim Wood says:

    Daniel, what are your boots and waders of choice, as pictured there?

  2. Joseph Quiroz says:

    Brilliant! I just got home from fishing up the Popo .Agia. I was wondering why my line was laying out so nicely at full length with every cast until I realized it was solidly coated with rime ice. The fish were not very active and there was not a bug anywhere. I’m going to order up some hot springs for my local stream immediately. Are you stocking them at Tenkara USA or should I look on Amazon?
    Or, I guess I could go up to Thermopolis but that’s over an hour away.

    • Hey Joe, hot springs will be a great item for us to carry! Thanks for the suggestion! :)

    • Lagrange says:

      Bravo :: c’est une très bonne idée !
      ( It”s a very good idea ! )
      Je m’en souviendrai quand je pêcherai dans les Alpes , dans quelques mois …
      (i’ll keep it in mind next time i’ll fish in the Alpes ., in a few month ..)

  3. Sage says:

    Hey what happened to the long sleeve t’s with the little man with
    tenkara rod on them?

  4. Steve Elder says:

    You are hilarious. I think I will meet my brother in Pagosa this weekend and test some of your techniques. I think they might work for my skiing as well.

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