Cold Casting

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Winter fly-fishing tips.

While there might be a few fair-weather fishing days ahead, it's still a little on the cold side. Here are a few tricks to make your winter fishing a bit more enjoyable:

 Winter Fly Fishing Montana, Montana Fishing Outfitters

1. Apply Loon Ice Off Paste on your rod guides the night before to reduce ice build up.
2. Get yourself a pair of Simms ExStream wading socks… trust me. 
3. Try applying antiperspirant to your feet beforehand to keep them warmer.
4. Hand warmers are your friend. Foot warmers too if you have enough space for them.
5. De-barb your hooks, use a rubber landing net, and do your best to release fish without getting your hands wet.
6. Fingerless gloves with the fold-over mitten are great for keeping your hands warm. They do take some getting used to, though.
7. Err on the side of overdressing versus underdressing.
8. Take a thermos of hot chocolate or other hot beverage to warm you from the inside!

This time of year, midge activity begins to pick up on the upper Madison—nothing like fishing a size 20 midge dry to a 20-inch brown gently slurping off the surface!

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