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Winter Fishing

Fishing in the winter can be a little tricky. If you are going to a lake, like Becker for example, you never know what it is going to look like when you get there. Two days ago, I was driving passed it so decided to stop and see what the conditions were. I found that it was mostly clear of ice. I could launch but would need to break through about 40 yards of ice before hitting clear water. This wouldn’t be a problem and with temps predicted to be in the 50’s for the next couple of days, I figured the lake might be clear by today. So, I talked my neighbor into hitting the lake. We got there and to my surprise, the lake was covered in ice. There was one clear spot and that happened to be by the one and only fishing pier.

We could see fish rising in the open area so we did what any die-hard angler would do.  We went and fished off the pier. Of course when we got there, they stopped surfacing so I started with a type II sinking line and a small white bunny leech. There was a patch of ice that my line had to go across and it was keeping it from sinking. I then went to a floating line with an indicator and two flies. We picked up some fish and had a good time. There is another winter storm approaching this weekend so it might be a while before this is really fishable again. That’s okay. the fish on the mountain could use some more rain and snow.



About Cinda Howard

Cinda Howard has been an Arizona fly fishing guide for several years. She’s spent her whole life fishing and picked up a fly rod in 1996. She worked for the Orvis Company as a Fly Fishing Manager for eight years before branching off and starting her own business in 2012. Cinda spends a considerable amount of time instructing people on the sport of fly fishing. Cinda has been featured in several fly fishing articles and books (“Fly Fisher’s Guide to Arizona” by Will Jordan, “Arizona’s Official Fishing Guide” by Arizona Highways and Arizona Game and Fish Department) as an expert on fly fishing Arizona. She is extremely passionate not only about fly fishing but also about teaching others. She hosts trips all across the world and has taken customers fly fishing in Alaska, Belize, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and The Bahamas. Cinda loves to fish for trout, steelhead, pike, carp, bonefish, tarpon and anything else that will eat a fly. She is a past President of Desert Fly Casters and is a Zane Grey Trout Unlimited board member.

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