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Life of Riley  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:59:23 PM(UTC)
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When fishing the early c/r season(winter season) in the driftless how do you pick a lure size? Are the bugs in the river smaller this time of year? Sometimes I heard they bite a small spinner better. Maybe they are targeting smaller minnows?
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:48:23 PM(UTC)
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I couldn't tell you why, but in general, smaller spinners work better in cold water. That rule is definitely not hard and fast, however. I've caught fish on 1/2 oz in january, and had days when they wouldn't touch anything over 1/16.
If you're getting a lot of follows, but they aren't striking, size down.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2019 2:20:50 AM(UTC)
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Conventional wisdom says to go small and dark in the winter.

I haven't used a size 4 more than ten casts this year. Nothing but 9s and to a small degree, some 6s.

I've been catching fish.

I've mentioned colors etc in other threads, so won't repeat all that here.

Have a variety with you and try stuff till it works.

It changes from day to day and even from minute to minute.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2019 3:23:48 AM(UTC)
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Had best of luck so far on size 6. Color/ Blade hasn't seemed to make as much of an impact as placement for me!

There is only one way to find out if they are biting or not....
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#5 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2019 5:25:16 PM(UTC)
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Had best of luck so far on size 6. Color/ Blade hasn't seemed to make as much of an impact as placement for me!

There is only one way to find out if they are biting or not....


You hit the nail on the head. Casting ability is possibly the number one factor when it comes to catching numbers of fish. I fish small jigs all winter long and catch fish of all sizes and a lot of them. Fish are cold blooded so obviously they arent as active in the winter because of the colder water temps. That doesnt mean that you can put up some major numbers however. I fish green year round no matter the size or type of lure I am using and have outstanding results.

I'd have to say though that the best way to catch more fish is to fish more.
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#6 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:11:33 PM(UTC)
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I caught all my fish on opening day on a size 14 hare's ear flymph, fished in the surface film. Of course, I was fishing in a sweater, and fish were looking up - a rare day in January, in Wisconsin.

I'm always told to use a tiny midge pattern, but have never caught a damn thing with them. That's almost certainly user error, but the fact remains, I just don't have confidence in them.

I think that a big dark wooly bugger fished low and slow in the pools should get results any time of the year. I've also done well with a bushy streamer that consisted of a small flashabou tail and about 5 Chickabou feathers palmered onto a #8 hook. I can't remember where I first saw it, maybe a Tightlines video. There is some serious action on it.

Lots of folks launch big articulated streamers like the Sex Dungeon, as well.

But I still do well with a size 12-14 Pink Squirrel 12 months a year. I'd guess a 14-18 GRHE or PTN would do well year round as well.
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Life of Riley  
#7 Posted : Friday, January 18, 2019 7:09:03 AM(UTC)
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