Fishing Rock Creek in winter can be productive for the patient angler. For this article, winter fishing happens in November through March.
In November, the brown trout spawn wraps up, occassional and sporadic small hatches occur on the best afternoons, while the lack of daylight and cold overnight temps bring fresh ice to slower waters every morning.
In December and January, the ice forms and covers much of the river as the shortest days of the year are upon us. Overnight temps can be as low as 30 below zero.
Temperatures moderate in February. Days are a little longer and clear days feature bluebird skies and warm sunshine.
Winter lets go of it’s grip in March. Days are noticably longer, the sun reaches higher into the sky daily. As the frozen sections of river become free-flowing once again, the trout are hungry and can be eager eat big nymphs.