The leaves are mostly off of the trees, the snow has flown and the weather has turned colder. This does not keep the fish from biting. We are able to experience this great sport of fly fishing all year round. It may be hot during the summer. We do see a lot more trout taken and active during the warm months, but the fish are still feeding this time of year. The spawn has slowed for most areas around us, but that puts the fish into slower winter mode, not hibernation.
During this time of year they can still be taken on top if there is a warmer day that brings about a hatch, but most of your luck is going to be underneath and often with smaller midge patterns. You need to know when to set the hook as fishing with 22 and smaller flies often can be very subtle. The fishing can be a real gem this time of year if your willing to bundle up as well, because you can have the entire river to yourself. This can make for some fun days that make you quickly forget about the cold.
Get out and enjoy some cooler fishing!