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            It’s never too cold to fish for trout. In Alabama, even our worst winters don’t keep us from having fantastic days trout fishing. I’ve spent many sub-freezing temperature days catching trout on the Sipsey. However, none were as bone chilling as this one day out west.

Mary Carole and I were on a skiing trip in Utah a few years ago. The area had just received record snowfall. There was white stuff everywhere. Almost every house looked like a Hobbit home with a domed roof because of the snow piled so high. The trees were slouching. The cars were covered. It was a beautiful thing to see so much snow. Not surprisingly, my first thought on this ski trip was, “I wonder if I can fish the Provo while we are here?” So, as I always do when visiting new water, I called up a guide and booked a trip.

            It was an early morning as Mary Carole and I woke for the day, we layered up in our warmest ski gear and hit the road. When we met Dan, I knew it was going to be a comfortable day no matter the temperatures. He put us at ease and we headed to the river. Once we arrived, parked the car, and wadered up, we began to truly notice the obstacle before us.  We were 600 yards from the river. In those 600 yards, there was a mountain of snow. The snowdrifts were 5-7 feet deep throughout. Slogging through that much snow was going to be impossible. Dan had a plan though. He reached into the bed of his truck and pulled out a single pair of snowshoes. We waited for the other two pairs. They never came. The plan was for Dan to use a wading staff to avoid drifts that were too deep as he packed the drifts with the snowshoes. I was to follow Dan, my big clodhoppers further packing the snow.  And Mary Carole was to follow behind safe from being swallowed up by the cold, wet, deep snow.

            We made it to the river safely, only breaking through the snowshoe prints a few times. We fished that whole morning in a winter wonderland. The snow glistened off the trees, gleamed in the valley, and glared off the water. It even fell as we made cast after cast over the beautiful clear water. Periodically, we had to dip the rods in the water or apply Ice Off to keep the guides from icing over. It was the first time I had cast a fly line (or any other line for that matter) that had a balloon tied to it. The balloon was our indicator, and below it drifted a double nymph rig.

Three sets of eyes were locked on those balloons all morning for the slightest tick, or twitch, thump or bump but none ever came. Alas, that’s fishing. Was it COLD? Yes. Was it difficult fishing? Yes. Did it cost some $? Yes. But I don’t regret a moment! It was an adventure. It was exciting. It was a memory my wife and I will share into our old age together.

 While in Alabama we rarely (i.e. never) need snowshoes to get to the trout stream, winter trout fishing in the South is great fun. We can see some of our best dry fly hatches in the Winter. There is typically less generation. Some form of wildlife will welcome you on almost every trip. And the picturesque setting makes casting a fly a real pleasure!

So, is it worth fishing in the winter? Yes, Absolutely

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Christmas Day 2015 Alabama received a gift that just kept on giving. Water fell and flowed into the state. Lewis Smith Lake received more than its fair share. The lake would rise 10' in about 12 hours. Boat docks were broken loose from their moorings and floated away in the fast currents created by swollen creeks and streams. This abundance of water in the lake required Alabama Power to release water through the dam in order to reduce its levels. Though it took most of the month of January to accomplish the goal, with the generators running most of the day, the levels are finally back down in the lake. One misconception that many hold is that the trout get swept downstream in such high water/ high velocity events. I'm sure that this theory persists because it seems logical. We can't imagine swimming agains such water and can't imagine that the trout can either. The problem is that this simply isn't true. Trout were created to live in mountain streams where the snows melt and produce even greater volume and velocity than is found in the tailrace of the dam. The fish simply find a rock, tree, or obstruction to hide behind or they move to the slower moving water along the banks. So don't be afraid to fish a tailrace after generation or even after long periods of generation.  The fish are still there after the floods.

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FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL!!!! Take a Dad fishing! PLEASE SHARE! Now through Father's Day, buy a guided wade or drift boat trip for one and bring a friend for free. Give dad a half or full-day guided fly-fishing trip and he can bring a friend at no extra charge. For pricing check out www.riversideflyshop.com. Expiration:6 months from the date of purchase. Trip must occur within 6months first come, first serve with regard to dates and availability. Other terms and exclusions may apply. Hope to see Dad on the water soon!

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Alright Guys...One of y'all lost his wedding band a year ago in the gravel parking lot by the stream. This lady still has the wedding band and is searching for the owner. Is it yours?

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