Early season fishing.
There is some good fishing early in the year. Maybe the catching is a little slow but just getting out for a few hours (no matter the weather, dress in layers) stimulates the body and soul.
For those searching for open water, remember the fish are generally lethargic. To preserve energy they will not move too far to grab food. Plus the food sources are usually not as abundant and active.
If you are lucky enough to find an ice free lake try fishing in the shallows where the water warms faster, especially if the sun is shining. Anchor if you want to cast or row very slowly if trolling.
Try these early season flies and if casting use a longer leader and tippet.
Try to match the colors and size of the resident insects is best but not the only option.
For Midges; any Chironomid pattern, Lady McConnell, Griffiths Gnat, Para Adams, Tom Thumb, and Mosquito.
Nymphs; Dragonfly, Damselfly, Caddis larva.
Scuds, Water Boatmen, Leeches, and Minnows are all available to fish and their high food value makes them attractive. Their lack of escape speed (except for minnows) also attracts fish.
Check out my store and listings for these patterns.