Winter fishing does not involve cutting a hole in the ice of a lake that is surrounded by a shanty and a television — at least in the High Country. In the High Country, most of winter fishing involves many of the same things that summer fishing involves. There are some differences, some subtle, some obvious.
But winter fishing is alive and well in the area, even if there are more fishermen who test the waters during the warmer months. The key to winter fishing, according to fishing guide Brad Burchette of Watauga River Fly Shop, is to make sure you are prepared to bundle up for warmth before going out into the river or on the lake.
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