Skip to main content

Chrome Sweet Chrome

Chrome Sweet Chrome

Four years ago, if you would have told me I would be living in the Pacific Northwest chasing steelhead with a double-handed rod, I might have laughed. I never thought I would leave the flats and mangrove islands of Islamorada and Florida Bay, certainly not in the winter. This was where I started fly fishing over 20 years ago and the game fish of these waters are in my blood. Of course, I return as often as I can to not only get my saltwater fix, but also to absorb a little vitamin D, which is in short supply in these parts.

I would be telling a small white lie, if I said I didn't miss it. Please, don't call me with news of laid up tarpon sunning themselves on a warm, calm winter day in Florida Bay. I don't handle cold weather well and last week's snow and ice storm, power outages and 50 knot winds gave me a bad case of cabin fever. I'm not a dyed-in-the-wool winter steelhead fisherman. Pam cooking spray may prevent the guides of my rods from freezing, but it does nothing for my hands. I have even hand stitched and adapted a hunting muff which I stuff with heat packs to prevent my hands from turning seriously interesting shades of purple and red. Honestly, it's not the freezing that is so painful, but the thawing. Why is that?!

So, while it's hard to watch the snow and rain fall for days on end, when the rivers come into shape and the air temperatures moderate, I may forget about the fish that consumed me years ago. I doubt it, but I'll be at ease wading deep and swinging flies. Until then, I'll be dreaming of chrome sweet chrome.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Huk Waypoint Collection

Huk Waypoint Collection

Huk's new Waypoint Collection fishing apparel is conservation-minded by using recycled water bottles.

George Daniels Hauling Tuck Cast

George Daniels Hauling Tuck Cast

George Daniels Hauling Tuck Cast

 Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Locating fish is the first step to a successful outing.Best Spots to Find Trout and Bass Beginners

Best Spots to Find Trout and Bass

Ross Purnell

Locating fish is the first step to a successful outing.

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones are brightly colored treasures.Alpine Lakes for Remote Monsters Trout

Alpine Lakes for Remote Monsters

Landon Mayer - April 18, 2018

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones...

Fish are cold-blooded, so their body temperature reflects that of the water in which they swim.Temps for Trout: How to Catch Fish that Behave Hot n Cold Trout

Temps for Trout: How to Catch Fish that Behave Hot n Cold

Hilary Hutcheson - July 15, 2020

Fish are cold-blooded, so their body temperature reflects that of the water in which they swim.

See More Trending Articles

More Editor's Notebook

A 55-inch taimen carries a message of responsibility to save and protect Mongolia's wilderness rivers.The Beast from the Delger Editor's Notebook

The Beast from the Delger

Ross Purnell, Editor - January 03, 2017

A 55-inch taimen carries a message of responsibility to save and protect Mongolia's wilderness...

According to Sam Wilson of the Billings Gazette, a Montana fly-fishing guide was settled a lawsuit over the wrongful death in 2014 of his 81-year-old client.Fly Fishing Guide Settles Wrongful Death Suit Editor's Notebook

Fly Fishing Guide Settles Wrongful Death Suit

Ross Purnell - December 28, 2018

According to Sam Wilson of the Billings Gazette, a Montana fly-fishing guide was settled a...

Mass Shotting Victim Lawrence Levine Remembered as FLY FISHERMAN writer and North Umpqua GuideRemembering Umpqua Community College Victim Lawrence Levine Editor's Notebook

Remembering Umpqua Community College Victim Lawrence Levine

Ross Purnell, Editor - October 03, 2015

Mass Shotting Victim Lawrence Levine Remembered as FLY FISHERMAN writer and North Umpqua Guide

Olympic Pole Vaulter May be the Perfect Fishing PartnerOlympic Pole Vaulter May be the Perfect Fishing Partner Editor's Notebook

Olympic Pole Vaulter May be the Perfect Fishing Partner

Ross Purnell, Editor - June 10, 2016

Olympic Pole Vaulter May be the Perfect Fishing Partner

See More Editor's Notebook

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Fly Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now