Fishing in Bad Weather

Fishing in Bad Weather

By Gerry Federick

Fishing in bad weather can be good, trust me, I know. I’ve spent more days fishing in the rain than I care to remember. Most were productive days, in the water, on the water, and covered with water.  When I lived in Kitimat B.C., fishing in the rain is a way of life.

The bad weather can help the die hard fly fishers that just can’t stay home. I think the biggest advantage could simply be that there aren’t as many fools out there as you would see on a good day. There’s more room for you and less fisherman to chase the same number of fish. If you are fishing a body of water that is fairly clear, the fewer boats and people to spook the fish the better. Like my father would say about the broccoli I didn’t want to eat, “that leaves more for me”.

Fishing in the Wind

This last season sure has started out with more than our share of poor weather. Wind also has been a little much this year. That can be one of the worst conditions that the fly fisher faces. Casting in the wind is a bit dangerous too. I won’t go into the details of how a big grasshopper fly ended up in my eye brow, just know that wind can sure cause problems when casting.

The wind can work to your advantage if you put up with hassle. The wind breaks up the surface of the water. This helps to hide your line and leader. It does a real good job at hiding you too. Gentle wind can be the fly fishers best friend. It adds to the distance of your cast, it helps turn the fly line around behind you, it can cut down on the tangles when casting and when fishing down wind it will keep the fly line straight. This makes it easier to detect subtle hits. On the other side of the wind story, it can be the fly fishers worst enemy. Strong wind has sent more fly fishers home than perhaps any other fishing condition

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2 thoughts on “Fishing in Bad Weather”

  1. Jackie Leslie says:

    this article is dead on. As an avid fisherwomen – perhaps of the softest sort – I will endure brutal weather on the pretext that the fish are still biting or if the trip is so darned expensive I’d better get out there! I learned a lot though – and could possibly become a fair weather fisherman!

    1. BJ says:

      Hi Jackie,
      I’m like you a female angler and I find the bad weather less and less appealing all the time. I guess I’m becoming a fair weather fisherman…er… fisherwoman. BJ


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