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Old 12-16-2004, 11:27 AM
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Winter advice for a rookie?

I just got into fishing a two-handed rod this year and have become addicted! Now that the cold has officially set in, can any of you offer up some advice for fishing speys, wets and streamers through the winter? Should I be concentrating more on a dead-drift/"dredge" technique now that the fish have become more lethargic or still primarily fishing a swing? Should I slow my swing down with more mends or basically continue using the same broadside swing I've been using all fall? Finally, with the cold water do you find more and more takes coming on the hang down after leaving the fly hang in the current, and maybe adding a few twitches? I know there are no hard set rules, but a little encouragement from the experts here will help my confidence greatly. Thanks in advance guys!
There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process. ~Paul O'Neil, 1965
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