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January 28, 2008

Winter Fishing Blues

By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter

Greenmt01_08_2Does anyone else have the winter fishing blues?

Every year around this time I decide I've had enough of it, I absolutely have to get out and fish. Every year I come to the conclusion that it's usually a bad decision.

It always sounds like such a good idea the night before... Yeah, it'll be great! We'll get up early, drive for two hours, rig up as fast as humanly possible (so as not to get frostbite), slog through three feet of snow to the quarter mile of tailwater that's open for fishing. After we get to said spot we realizie the sun will never make a full appearance in our little spot of canyon and curse ourselves repeatedly. After an hour of catching nothing but bottom, rigging and re-rigging a solo fisherman with a pipe wanders past. Of course we make the mistake of asking him how his fishing is. "Managed a few", he says. He also mutters this same sentence a hour later as he wanders back through our spot.

Time to go.

We've had it. Time to take off our ten layers, get back in the car and drive. Of course, it's sunday and ski traffic is at a standstill. What should have taken two hours takes three and a half getting home.

I got skunked yesterday and I'm bitter. All I wanted was one fish. I didn't want to ski, snowshoe, icefish, or watch TV. I just wanted one fish on my fly rod. I know Deeter hung up the waders months ago. Maybe I should have listened when he said he was done...

I'm done until March, when the blue wings start hatching and the temps warm up. Or so I say...

TR

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

pretty much tailwaters. Roaring Fork is not and the Colorado, while fed by a multitude of tailwaters is technically not a tailwater

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from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

those are all tailwaters? or is there winter fishing in any of the freestones?

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Joey,I like the Blue below green mountain, williams fork, kemp breeze units on the colorado, S. Platte once every 10 years, lower colorado in glenwood, roaring fork down low, and the Big Thompson up in estes park.

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from Anthony wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

South Platte and the Arkansas are the two main winter hideouts for me, but I do get a wild hare and venture over to the Taylor or even the Toilet Bowl on the Frying Pan... Bundle up for the later two. You never know, maybe if we can ever get Deeter outside of the mountain shack we may venture south as a group.

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from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

haha, anthony...i know. i'm just giving tim a hard time. tim's fighting his genetics. he's a texan at heart that's denying his heritage claiming that colorado is the place to be...but he's cracking.by the way, where are you fishing in winter, south platte or some other tailwater?

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from Anthony wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

JoeyIt is not that bad at all. Today is bearable in the 30s. This past Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were all fishable and just a light jacket. Timmy is just whining more than usual as he was skunked - again!!!

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from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

or just eat a bullet and end it all right now. life can't be that miserable there, can it??

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from Drew wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

If you're an accurate flycaster, there's always ice fishing.

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from Anthony wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Timmy - When you talked about pretty damn cold, you need to remember to go where the sun hits the water. Look at the latest issue of Field & Stream for Deeter's "how to" in the snow. We can cut this out for you if needed.

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from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

what i meant was, yes, there are some shitty parts of texas. but the area of cool parts of texas to live and fish (arguably more public water available with world class fishing, if you include the coast) is equal at least to the good parts of colorado.i'm secure enough in what we have, and tim, i know you are a texan by heart, so quit pretending. just trying to help a brother out, cuz all i hear is depressed complaining. you'll never hear anyone in central texas complain about not being able to get out and fish ANY time of the year.

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

sarg,let's see some pictures and hear some stories.

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

of course it all comes down to size for a texan...

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from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

tim,texas: better food, better women, better music, better/more diverse fishing year-round, better state to live in.colorado: great state in the summer for people from texas to visit or own property.you can count out the eastern third of colorado as being good to live in, and minus the touristy shit and weird places, you are left with an area of the state not much bigger than the entire hill country and the coastal bend of texas...

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from curmudgeon wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

March? I don't believe it ...

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from sarg wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Any one wantig the names of some good guides just say so..

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from sarg wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Hey guys got the Blues, cabin fever deer season over, go Musky fishing, now is a good time here in Kentucky, and Cave Run is the place to go.From now until sprin the muskies are really active, The guides are tellig some good tales with pictures to boot.. I'm gettin ready but I'll not use a guide. Cave run in Rowan County is a great lake.

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

joey,You are correct sir. stocked--a while ago. native--nope. When it's all you have though...Texas? Hey man, I love Austin - but i think 99.9 percent of people will agree what the better state to live in is... Colorado or Texas? Not a tough decision.

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from Alex Pernice the fly rod winner wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Hey kirk dont feel so down most don't catch a ton during the winter, I did catch a few monster carp on the fly rod i got from you,biggest being 10 pounds and 1 big crappie (for where i live ) 12 inches long

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from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

what makes it way worse than that is that it was for pathetic stocked or non-native trout species probably...tim, move your butt back to texas and quit pretending, not worth it...(in the meantime, come visit argentina, fishing is red hot down here right now)

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Anthony,Tried it. Tried everything. What makes it even worse is I had two nice fish on and lost both. PS It was way cold up there most of the day.

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from KD wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Thanks Tim. That's the perfect set-up for my TV appearance tomorrow morning on Denver Channel 2 at 7:30 a.m. ... where I will talking about the great winter fishing here in Colorado. (I'm also going to justify my selection of Glenwood Springs as the best Fishing Town in America).Way to go, yutz.

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from Anthony wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

As usual Timmy, we will have to teach you how to catch fish in the winter. As nice as yesterday was I have a hard time believing the whole skunk factor, but then again you were probably tossing a streamer. MIDGES and more MIDGES.

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from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

i don't have winter fishing blues, i live in argentina most of the year. and when winter comes here, i'm back in the states...get your ass down here, tim...

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from Evan! wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

I got skunked yesterday, too.yrs-Evan!

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from fishy man wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I get the winter fishing blues as well, so i just go ice fishing,I "manage a few" just about every time i go.

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

pretty much tailwaters. Roaring Fork is not and the Colorado, while fed by a multitude of tailwaters is technically not a tailwater

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

those are all tailwaters? or is there winter fishing in any of the freestones?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Joey,I like the Blue below green mountain, williams fork, kemp breeze units on the colorado, S. Platte once every 10 years, lower colorado in glenwood, roaring fork down low, and the Big Thompson up in estes park.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Anthony wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

South Platte and the Arkansas are the two main winter hideouts for me, but I do get a wild hare and venture over to the Taylor or even the Toilet Bowl on the Frying Pan... Bundle up for the later two. You never know, maybe if we can ever get Deeter outside of the mountain shack we may venture south as a group.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

haha, anthony...i know. i'm just giving tim a hard time. tim's fighting his genetics. he's a texan at heart that's denying his heritage claiming that colorado is the place to be...but he's cracking.by the way, where are you fishing in winter, south platte or some other tailwater?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Anthony wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

JoeyIt is not that bad at all. Today is bearable in the 30s. This past Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were all fishable and just a light jacket. Timmy is just whining more than usual as he was skunked - again!!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

or just eat a bullet and end it all right now. life can't be that miserable there, can it??

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Drew wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

If you're an accurate flycaster, there's always ice fishing.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Anthony wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Timmy - When you talked about pretty damn cold, you need to remember to go where the sun hits the water. Look at the latest issue of Field & Stream for Deeter's "how to" in the snow. We can cut this out for you if needed.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

what i meant was, yes, there are some shitty parts of texas. but the area of cool parts of texas to live and fish (arguably more public water available with world class fishing, if you include the coast) is equal at least to the good parts of colorado.i'm secure enough in what we have, and tim, i know you are a texan by heart, so quit pretending. just trying to help a brother out, cuz all i hear is depressed complaining. you'll never hear anyone in central texas complain about not being able to get out and fish ANY time of the year.

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

sarg,let's see some pictures and hear some stories.

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from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

of course it all comes down to size for a texan...

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from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

tim,texas: better food, better women, better music, better/more diverse fishing year-round, better state to live in.colorado: great state in the summer for people from texas to visit or own property.you can count out the eastern third of colorado as being good to live in, and minus the touristy shit and weird places, you are left with an area of the state not much bigger than the entire hill country and the coastal bend of texas...

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from curmudgeon wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

March? I don't believe it ...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from sarg wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Any one wantig the names of some good guides just say so..

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from sarg wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Hey guys got the Blues, cabin fever deer season over, go Musky fishing, now is a good time here in Kentucky, and Cave Run is the place to go.From now until sprin the muskies are really active, The guides are tellig some good tales with pictures to boot.. I'm gettin ready but I'll not use a guide. Cave run in Rowan County is a great lake.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

joey,You are correct sir. stocked--a while ago. native--nope. When it's all you have though...Texas? Hey man, I love Austin - but i think 99.9 percent of people will agree what the better state to live in is... Colorado or Texas? Not a tough decision.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Alex Pernice the fly rod winner wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Hey kirk dont feel so down most don't catch a ton during the winter, I did catch a few monster carp on the fly rod i got from you,biggest being 10 pounds and 1 big crappie (for where i live ) 12 inches long

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

what makes it way worse than that is that it was for pathetic stocked or non-native trout species probably...tim, move your butt back to texas and quit pretending, not worth it...(in the meantime, come visit argentina, fishing is red hot down here right now)

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from tim romano wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Anthony,Tried it. Tried everything. What makes it even worse is I had two nice fish on and lost both. PS It was way cold up there most of the day.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from KD wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

Thanks Tim. That's the perfect set-up for my TV appearance tomorrow morning on Denver Channel 2 at 7:30 a.m. ... where I will talking about the great winter fishing here in Colorado. (I'm also going to justify my selection of Glenwood Springs as the best Fishing Town in America).Way to go, yutz.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Anthony wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

As usual Timmy, we will have to teach you how to catch fish in the winter. As nice as yesterday was I have a hard time believing the whole skunk factor, but then again you were probably tossing a streamer. MIDGES and more MIDGES.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from joey wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

i don't have winter fishing blues, i live in argentina most of the year. and when winter comes here, i'm back in the states...get your ass down here, tim...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Evan! wrote 6 years 11 weeks ago

I got skunked yesterday, too.yrs-Evan!

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from fishy man wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I get the winter fishing blues as well, so i just go ice fishing,I "manage a few" just about every time i go.

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