Ice fly fishing?!

Oh yeah! It is totally possible…just don’t use dry flies or poppers πŸ™‚ .

All you have to do is apply the same good old rule “match the hatch”.

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Nymphs are the best but small streamers works too. Perch is usually the target but this year I was surprised with a few bass eating my nymphs.

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The setup I use is simple: a small 24″ ultralight ice fishing rod that cost me $12 and a $2 reel. The main line is a 4lb ice fishing braid about $6 … so you can have one rod setup like that with under $20.

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Tie a fluorocarbon leader on the main line and then all you have to do is go to your favorite pond, drill a hole in the ice and “cast” your new fly rod πŸ™‚ . Let the nymph(s) sink to the bottom. If you use two flies put the heaviest one first and the smallest one on the dropper with around 14-16inch distance between. In case you decide for a squirmy-wormy fly a Palomar knot is best, have the fly tied straight on the main line(no dropper). This helps you make that worm move more naturally.

 

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The ones that gave me best results lately are in this order: Caddis, Buzzers, Squirmy-wormy, Micro black streamer.

Also important if you tie the squirmy-wormy on the line, try to have the hook point up, that way when the fish hits it the hook-up is always in the upper jaw, and that is what you want for a 100% catch/no miss/no loose πŸ˜€

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Of course that I carry a lot of other models, trying to combine or find the best working fly, all depending on the water colour, time of day, weather, depth…but enough theories for tonight πŸ˜€ weΒ can always talk more on this subject, just let me know if you’re interested.

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2 thoughts on “Ice fly fishing?!”

  1. I usually like to drill holes at 50 yds and 75 yds. Casting it everytime and landing it in the hole is a big challenge. Dont give up though…after 30 -40 tries you definately can land it in the hole. So True….poppers just dont work this time of the year.

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