Despite the escape to Belize, it was hard to stay indoors over the last two months. I made a point to find some unfrozen water and try my luck, and ended up fishing Gunpowder Falls near Monkton three times. And three times I proved that winter trout fishing is a puzzle I can’t crack.
Trip 1: Scaled frozen boulders in freezing rain, and over three hours, had one hit. Buddy landed one fish.
Trip 2: Solo. After a couple hours, found a pool holding lots of fish, and proceeded to have them whack away at a small black woolly bugger. No fish landed.
Trip 3: Two other buds and I hit the river on a warm day. One hit, no fish sighted, and 90 other fly fisherman on the river.
Trout are tough. Pressured trout are tougher.
Pressured trout in winter are the toughest.