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.
Alright so, the other day my loving wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, and naturally I said whatever maybe socks and underwear from Costco. She said sure but, she really wanted to get me something special as this was a big year for me, with the launch of the Fly-fishing Insider Podcast and our brand and many other personal life accomplishments.
Normally, I am the type of guy that when I want something I just go and order it straight from the dealer or company through programs that we are enlisted in. Either way she wanted a surprise gift for me, so I sat down put pen to paper and came up with what I call 12 top Christmas Presents to get the Fly Fisher in your life. Theses are no limits presents.
Fly Fishing Insiders list is as follows in Random order:
1. Moby Nets, The Whale Landing Net:
A great Canadian handmade landing net Company Moby Nets, The Whale Net offers product features of steam bent hardwoods and beautiful inlays adding both durability and style for when you land that big one. Options of mesh or rubber basket available and of course it floats. Making this the most badass handmade net on the planet. And my personal challenge to you. Try to wrap this gift up this holiday season without guessing what it is.
2. Fishpond, Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar Pack:
A fully submersible waterproof pack, that offers superior comfort for long days on the water. Some features are the TIZIP waterproof zipper, ultra tough 1680d TPU coated recycled cycle pond nylon. Huge gear pockets for storage. Super stylish looks, integrated net slot and not to mention Fishponds, Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar pack will get the fish looking twice at you on the water as this is one stylish pack. And we think it might be capable of holding milk and cookies as well.
Price $ 229.95
3. Costa, Baffin Sunglasses:
Costa Baffin Sunglasses frames made from 100% recycled fishing nets, yes that’s right recycled fishing nets. In keeping with Costas cool style, the frames are also designed to be fully recyclable. Various colour options in both frames and glass. And of course, theses beauties are a fully Polarized glass lens (580). Boasting Comfort and style. The Untangled Collection and Costa with its purpose are sure to make it on the nice list this year.
Price $ 199.00
4. Yeti, Tundra Cooler 45:
The Yeti, Tundra 45 cooler is a superior premium cooler. The cooler combines versatility and durability, featuring rotomolded construction and design, that includes up to two inches of permafrost insolation which means it will keep those lazy day bevies cold in triple degree temps. Making you look like a fly-fishing boss. And you just might be the life of the Christmas party this season
Price $ 399.99
5. Simms, Challenger Insulated BIB:
Simms, Challenger Bib features 100% waterproof performance, full body and bib insulation with adjustable suspenders and hem. Reinforced knees pads and front zipper storm flap. Nothings getting through theses babies. With several sizes to choose from, making them a sure fire bet you’ll be seeing theses bad boys on my boat during salmon season in the PNW and BC west coast while hunting down some chrome. Even the big fat guy with a red suit is thinking about upgrading up this year.
Price $ 199.95
6. Sage, Igniter 1090-4 fly rod:
Sage introduced the Igniter fly rod late this year, with a well received debut as a big game rod known for throwing big flies in less than ideal conditions (Usually head on in the wind). This rod has become a staple for many a fly fishers’ arsenal of rods. And with good reason this ultra fast action rod features, the famous Konnetic HD technology, hard chrome snake guides, fuji ceramic stripper guides, aluminum locking reel seat with hook keeper integration, super sexy chipotle and gunmetal colour all wrapped up in a black rod bag fitting into a black aluminum rod tub. Just missing a big a red bow and I am sold.
7. Scientific Anglers, Amplitude MPX Fly lines:
Scientific Anglers has developed the Amplitude MPX Fly Line. A fly line a half size heavier and a fully redesigned front head with more mass and power yet somehow gentle enough to drop a dry fly right into a rising trout’s mouth. They put a huge emphasis on presentation, but they also didn’t stop just there. The line offers the ultimate in flotation, amazing long casts are easily achieved with superior shooting ability and line slickness. The line not only delivers in dry flies, but streamers and nymphs are well received with this line. With many different water and condition models, weights to select from its hard to decide which reels get spooled up first. Humm thinking a few lines for Christmas might be best. Price $129.95
8. HH Outfitters STLHD Hoodie, Retro Fall Steelhead:
H&H Outfitters have done it again and created some awesome new gear. Preictally the STHLHD series of clothing. I am sure most of you are aware of this brand (if you’re not aware get out from under the rock). So, the brothers at H&H Outfitters designed the Retro Fall Steelhead Hoodie in black with a retro looking blue and white logo. If you already own some clothing from this brand you know that the quality speaks for its self. They offer many hoodie styles and in sizes Small to 3XL. If still looking for more from these boys phone the customer service department, they have by far the best Customer Service in the industry, (true story). I am I am willing to bet they will even wish you a Merry Christmas to you if ask.
9. Hatch Fly Fishing, 7plus GEN 2 Finatic:
Hatch Fly Reels,7 plus Gen 2 Finatic the envy of all reels in my opinion. With a decent amount of stopping power in the drag system which is fully sealed and waterproof making this drag a new industry standard. But let’s not over look, the retrieval rate of line at 9.22 inches per/turn. A spool that can handle big backings and fly lines, totally turning this into a sexy looking reel. They offer may different colour options and reel pouch is provided, I guess great things do come in small packages.
10. Plan D fly Box, Pack Max Articulated Plus:
Relatively new to the fly-fishing scene Plan D holds their ground. With 5 different fly box options and other Gear tackle Box options in their product line up. Its no surprise that Plan D is quickly becoming both a fresh and saltwater Fly Fishers favorite choice to load their copious amounts of cash I mean fly’s into. But let’s observe the quality of the Pack Max Articulated Plus fly box product as well, with features such as a large storage capacity capable of holding up to 40 flies in the steel hook and slotted foam design. A clear window to view your fly’s in while making a choice. The unit will fit comfortably into a boat bag or waders’ front pocket or under a Christmas tree maybe even a stocking.
Price $ 59.99
11. Riversmith, River Quiver 4 Banger:
Now somebody’s thinking and it’s the guys over at Riversmith, they have solved a long over due fly-fishing problem with their new River Quiver. The River Quiver is a roof top premium fly rod holder system that’s light weight and lockable. They offer two different model choices either the 2 banger or 4 bangers. Either way both models will hold most rods and reels well up to 10’. And theses bad boys will fit most standard roof racks this includes your grandmas 87 dodge caravan (we think). The quivers are crafted of strong aluminum making them light weight and extremely durable. Locking features and easy entry and custom liners to protect your rods. I bet Santa’s sleigh has theses attached to it now. Price $549.99
12. Rock Treads, Rock Tread Aluminum Wading Shoe Kits:
Ok let’s talk safety and that’s exactly what the team at Rock Treads gave us with the addition of their Aluminum Traction Kit for wading boots. Its so simple to install on any boot or shoe you want to convert into a non-slip wading traction machine. The aluminum discs that attach to your boot will make you the envy of others as you saunter out to the waters never waded before. Theses are also adaptable for walking on icy roof tops as well.
So, there you have it Fly Fishing Insiders list of 12 items to get the fly fisher in your life for Christmas this year. We will keep everyone up to date to let you all know, what items we received off the list. Happy holidays to everyone from the Fly-Fishing Insider Podcast and Reviews.
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Ok, we all have something in the fly fishing game that really grinds our gears. Ok come on now think about it, yep there it is. Well we at the Fly Fishing Insider have decided to share Five top trends that does just that Grind our gears and drive us crazy in a funny way. In good fun here is our list.
- The old fly rod in the teeth photo: Yes there was a time when we all did this (or not), but come on people this is so mid 2000s and its now done. Did you know that the fly rod technology has improved so much now that studies show we can now submerge our reels and rods to get that perfect grip and grin for Instagram besides four out of five dentists suggest this is not cool or good for your teeth?
- Wearing hip waders while river fishing: yes don’t laugh I have seen it a many of times in our days. Really it’s time to put away the old booted rubber hip waders there hot, they don’t breath, and they don’t belong. Really for the cost of waders that offer much more practicality and function let’s not forget style why would you bring out grandpa old green hip huggers. I often ask myself daily why they still make theses waders. Anyone?
- Fly fishers on Instagram who are Public figures: Ok I get so it takes time to build up an IG account and setting your profile to public figure works right (lol). But here’s often the case really you fly fish on weekends and work at the office as tech something Monday to Friday. Why are you a public figure, is it because you IG handle is @fishgodallmighty65 or something like this. Really this does not make you a public figure or does it?
- Tacky Fishing shirts: You all know the ones I am talking about the crappy slogans I rather be fishing, born to fish forced to work the happy fishermen picture, and unfortunately the list goes on. Why I mean why do people still buy theses or even make them please stop it. Reality checks you like fishing and fishing gear lots of it you need to work. So please put away the old fishing wardrobe wonders and get some new threads there is lots of great fishing brands out there who make fly fishing life style clothing.
- Wearing a buff always: Ok so were not criminals are we? No were fly fishers and we enjoy the fresh air and wind on our face so we tell others, but why do we cover it up with wearing a buff. Yes I have seen people wearing buffs at the boat launch or even on the river fishing from the bank, some Stillwater anglers who are anchored on a calm blue bird day yet sporting the give me all your money look. Come on guys lets stop this crazy action.
I guess at the end of the day its all about fishing and however you fish is your choice as long as your respecting the fish, land and waters. Its really all good what you do and what you wear. However, we at the Fly-Fishing Insider are all about fishing and fun so please enjoy this blog in good humour, remember to keep em wet.