Trout Fishing In The Wild
A Tampa Bay Trout on Fly

Trout Fishing Calendar

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Winter
(December through March)

Outlook: Good to excellent.    

Summary: Good catches through cold months in drop-offs and channel edges as trout are fairly cold tolerant and will bite in most winter conditions. Fish channel edges near grass flats with sinking lines and weighted flies. Where? Protected bays rivers creeks and residential canals.  

Advantage: Lots of trout stacked in small areas.  

Disadvantage: The flats can be chilly at times.  

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Spring
(April through June)

Outlook: Good to excellent. 

Summary: Spring time sees some of the largest trout of the year in a couple feet of water where they are an easy target for the fly fisherman. These trout are hungry and will eat any number baitfish patterns and top water poppers and sliders. Just drift the shallow flats and work a top water plug until you find a group of fish and hop out and enjoy some wade fishing. 

Advantage: The fish are hungry and average large.  

Disadvantage: The fish can be widely scattered. 

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Summer
(July through September)

Outlook: Good to excellent. 

Summary: Best chance for larger trout early and late as the temperatures rise. Plenty of smaller trout all day in many cases. Fish shallower grass flats early and late, deeper grass flats and sandy holes during mid day. Use floating lines with baitfish and top water patterns early sinking lines and flies mid day. 

Advantage: You're going to catch a lot of trout. 

Disadvantage: Sizes average on the small side. 

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Fall
(October through November)

Outlook: Good to excellent. 

Summary: The water is cooling and the fish are feeding in preparation for the summer slowdown. Try topwater flies early and be ready to switch to a sinking line -fly rig as cooler weather approaches. 

Advantage:  Fish feeding heavily. 

Disadvantage:  Possible cold fronts to think about. 

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17454 Hwy. 301 
Dade City, Florida 33523
Phone: (352) 567-0543
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