Obsession or just crazy?
Fishing is winding down for most, or let me correct that... fishing is over for most. Only the hearty, and obsessed few will be out now. I fall into the later. It's pretty awesome to get out this time of the year and have complete solitude. While your options are more limited, there are always options and you can have them pretty much to yourself.
This is the time of the year when the window of opportunity is short and the layers of clothes are many. A few hours of fishing though is better than no hours of fishing in my book. We are fortunate to have the Spokane River here at our convenience for times like this. A river that never freezes thanks to the aquifer and the top spill dam feeding it constant water year round from Lake Coeur d'Alene. For those that live here, it can usually be accessed within minutes of your home as well. No long, treacherous drives to get to this destination.
The Coeur d'Alene is also noteworthy during the winter. Especially after fish get acclimated to the cold temps they will continue to feed, you just need to present your flies deep and slow. The only downfall to this fishery is that it might freeze during December / January. But don't worry, it usually doesn't last long. Stick to the lower portions of this drainage. The higher you go, the colder the river and more likely it will be frozen.
Tungsten nymphs, lead wrapped flies, beadheads, coneheads, sink-tips are all common words during the quiet season. The chubby chernobyls and elk hair caddis patterns are stored away until the spring time. If it doesn't sink, odds are low that it will work. Slow water, deep pools, back eddies, soft currents, inside bends, deep tailouts are all likely areas to find winter time trout. We have numerous fall / winter techniques videos on our YouTube Channel for those that need some more advice on where to look.
We are open 7 days a week for all of your winter time fishing needs, or if you just need a place to escape from the winter blues.