Winter Fly Fishing Tips: Chapter 1

Over the next couple of months we will be publishing a series of quick helpful tips to help you get the most out of your winter fly fishing experience. Please feel free to reply to any of these posts with your own advice and best practices. Stay warm and tight lines!

Whether you prefer a fly fishing glove that gives you a great deal of dexterity or one that offers maximum warmth, it is a smart idea to have a pair on hand. From the Gunnison Valley, down south to the Conejos, and up north to the Yampa– it can get pretty damn cold on the river!

With that said, please take off your gloves when handling trout. It doesn’t matter if its a Gore-tex, wool, or leather glove– it will strip the trout of its slime. If a trout’s slime is wiped away, which can happen anytime an angler touches it without wetting their hands first, it will become susceptible to any diseases that are in the river.

If you’re on the fence about whether a glove can cause damage or not please watch this quick 30 second video. I will continue to wear my elk skin gloves while fishing, as should you, but please take them off for your photos.

A big thanks to Denver Outfitter for sharing this video!