Fly Fishing Podcast for December 2017 by Harry Murray
This months fly fishing podcast includes a detailed discussion on the trout fishing in December. Since the brook trout are still spawning in December I like to fish the stocked trout streams instead.
Many of the stocked trout streams such as the Jackson (near Covington), Bullpasture (near Williamsville) and Big Stoney Creek in Edinburg have natural springs that the trout love. You can find these springs on the steams by looking for the rich aquatic growth they provide. The trout will hold near these springs and feed on cress bug and shrimp patterns.
Many of my customers will come into the fly shop and ask, “can I go bass fishing in December?” Yes, you can. Are you going to catch a lot of bass? No–but you might catch a big one. I have some friends that are die hard bass fishermen that will go out in any kind of weather and they have been catching some big bass. They will float the river to find the deepest pools they can find and fish with big bugs such as a Madtom/Sculpin size 4, Magnum Darter size 4 and Creek Chub size 4.
Listen to Harry’s discussion on Fishing Shrimp and Cress Bugs for Trout – These insects are available to trout on many streams but this podcast focuses on Spring Creek fly fishing. The Spring Creeks, with their high PH and consistent temperatures, are an ideal environment for the production of abundant numbers of both freshwater shrimp and cress bugs. The selective feeding habits unique to spring creek trout is a direct result of the abundance of food availability throughout the year. Much of this food is in the form of shrimp and cress bugs. Listen as Harry discusses the techniques and tactics to turn a tough day of spring creek fishing into an outstanding day by using a few simple methods he has honed to perfection since the early 1960’s.