The pursuit never stops, no matter the time of year.
Living in the South, I’m afforded the luxury of being able to fish all year-round. Many that cherish fly fishing as I much as I do cannot say that same, but I can, and I’m grateful for it.
We don’t have “seasons” in South Carolina. Many of our local waters are managed and maintained all year-round . The SCDNR does a great job with keeping our local waters open, maintained and ready to visit at a moments notice.
And while the amount of fishing slows in the Winter, the drive to want to be there slinging flies does not. In some ways, the drive is even stronger, because there is just not much else to do in the Winter to replace that therapy that a river provides.
Being right at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains means that Summer is miserable, Spring and Fall are absolutely perfect and Winter is bearable for the most part. That cycle means that year-round pursuits are always on tap. With proper planning and a close eye on weather conditions, I can almost always squeeze out stellar days on the river, no matter what time of year it is.
Summer can brutal in my area, which means really early days on the water. Winter, while cold, is still rather comfortable compared to many areas, so by mid-morning it’s all good. Spring and Fall are just downright perfect no matter what time of day.
And while we get the occasional snow fall or heavy dousing of rain, I’m rarely presented a day that fishing just simply cannot be done. When I am, it just comes down to how bad do I want to go and what I’m willing to put up with to get out there. Those days are few and far between.
I’m thankful that I have some amazing places to fish in my area, and the seasons to allow it to happen all year-round. It’s my therapy, and I’m not quite sure I could handle only being able to do it certain times of the year.