Winter means it's time to restock the fly boxes. With below freezing temps and typical Maine winter weather, we've been busy on the fly bench. Grabbing a warm beverage or a cold beer and tying up a dozen flies is enough to keep us daydreaming until spring arrives.
My favorite part about tying flies isn't about reliving memories of fish caught last year, although it's a close second. It's about tying one of my favorite flies, the old partridge and orange. I love the thought of using feathers from birds that I've shot here in Maine and using them to catch beautiful trout. It's the best of both worlds, fishing and hunting, and there's something that feels good about catching a fish with a fly that you tied from a bird that you shot.
As the snow falls outside, take a minute to sit back and think about last year's fishing season, as well as daydream about the season ahead!
With ice fishing on hold due to higher than normal temps, fly fishing is still a viable option if you can keep your toes warm enough!
I had the pleasure of guiding a couple of former Mainers on New Year's Day. The river is still teeming with brook trout and salmon. With the right flies, you can get lots of hookups. The hard part is landing them on such small flies!
We enjoyed a few hours on the river during the middle of the day. The fish were most active when the sun was shining. The highlight of my day was receiving some deer kielbasa from Dave and receiving compliments about the deer jerky that I made last week!
Aaron Broaddus is a Registered Maine Fishing Guide with Headin' North Guide Service. Aaron specializes in fly fishing in the Western and Southern sections of Maine.