By Fly Fishing Insider.
The weather is starting to warm, the days are longer and were finely in the double digits on the thermostat. Yes, spring is in the air. And you like so many others are checking the local fly shop website in hopes that the fishing report will read ice off on one of your early seasons go to lakes.
The thing about ice off is this, fishing can be hit our miss and we have all been there before. But this year its going be different you tell yourself, and you know what it is your going to ready and prepared now thanks to your friends at the fly-fishing Insider we have 10 early ice off tips to help you catch more fish this season.
So, take notes and listen up here are your 10 tips put you on more fish after ice off according to various guides and experts we asked, interviewed and been told by.
Tip #1: Be ready and be prepared, bring different rods with different lines from floating to sinking theses spring days can be super unpredictable with a quick hatch coming off for an hour to a full day on sink line and deep.
Tip #2: Diversify your fly box and have some secret ice off flies in there such as a blob, boobie and balanced leech theses flies are a must have before even leaving the house.
Tip #3: Go slow, no really fish slowly and strip slower than normal, let the fly sink down slowly even give the fly a slight twitch slowly theses are some keys to striking success.
Tip #4: Start in the shallows and don’t be afraid to fish in 2 to 3 ft of water as this water is warmer and more alive with food sources for those hungry trout.
Tip #5: Fluorocarbon leaders are a must year-round but if I had to choose it would be in the spring where they are most important. Trout are spooky and slow and will closely check a fly often before a strike occurs. You don’t want to lose any chances on an already slow time.
Tip #6: Micro leeches, in a mix of colours. Many anglers like the pumpkin head I find that a black leech with a little flash will work great if fished just off the bottom in shallows.
Tip #7: If the shallows are unproductive try deeper and drag your leech along the bottom with a full sink line beadhead leeches are a great fly choice. Long leaders are also suggested.
Tip #8: Often overlooked or forgotten about till you re on the water, is to pre stretch out any old lines that have sat on the reel all winter or especially new ones that you may have got for Christmas as the cold temps could further increase the line curl resulting in a delayed or missed hook set.
Tip #9: Blobs, it seems as thou the blob is the new ice off fly for some reason. Personally, I think is causes it confuses the trout into thinking its cloud of daphnia. So, make sure you stock up on theses littles guys before coming out.
Tip #10: Make sure that all equipment is working from boat motors, batteries are charged up, anchor ropes are uncoiled, drain plugs are properly and correctly in place and all boat safety equipment is working.
The Fly-Fishing Insider wishes you some great early Ice off Fishing, this season. and we want to know what tips worked best for you.