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.
In this episode the Fly-Fishing Insider Podcast speaks with Brian Niska and Geoff Perioway. Brian is associated with the Skeena Spey Lodge located on the banks of the famous Skeena river in Northern BC, and Geoff is the owner and master Rod builder at Perioway Rod company.
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By: Fly Fishing Insider
So, the lakes are open and the fishing is hot, you’re ready to head up to your favorite spot only to find the boat launch is blocked or there is a large crew of people having what seems like an on the water party. Perhaps even worse is a when someone is trolling up and down scaring the fish from your go to hole, in a non-motorized lake. Well don’t laugh we have all been there before and it sucks when it happens to you right?
And of course, you don’t do these things you’re a respectful Stillwater fisher, well the good folks at the Fly-Fishing Insider is here to point out Five on the lake Courtesies to practice this fishing season. Now theses Five tips might not help you catch more fish but they will defiantly help with your enjoyment out on the water and prevent the fisherman’s glare or worse…
Here is the Five on the Lake Courtesies:
- Follow all the rules of the specific lake: by following all the rules this ensures everyone is on the same playing ground and will not create that much a hated fisherman’s stair. It will also save you from a possible fine or worse. It’s just as easy to still fly fish by obeying the rules.
- Don’t block the boat launch: we have seen it before the person who blocks or pro longs their time at the boat launch don’t let this be you. This can be avoided if one does all their pre boat prep beforehand or even while out on the water, remember others want to get out too that’s why they are there.
- Being too loud on the lake: Many of us might not be aware that noise on the lake travels. So those private stories of last night’s shenanigans might not be so private. And not everyone may have the same quality in taste of music as you as well. This also goes for those who called in sick to work and are explain to their boss that they won’t be in. yes we heard it all before and though it’s heard it might not be wanted.
- Give other fishing boats space: It’s the rule of how much space is needed between boats; they say its 50 -60 ft. minimum however we say 80 – 100 ft. is best. Remember not everyone wants to be this close when someone when casting big flies with the wind pushing as well. It’s for your safety.
- Be safe out there: no one wants to be keeping an eye out on a jack ass you know the person who is jumping through wave like it’s a race on Bassmaster, or is standing on the gunnels of the boat in the chop. Yes, they do exist. And well we at the Fly-Fishing Insider feel like its our duty to keep an eye out for theses clowns just in case something goes south. But by not doing theses practices we can all just peacefully fish.
Truth be told its best to just practice both common sense and respect towards others on the water. If you enjoyed this blog leave us a comment or if you feel there is something else, we should add to our lets please let us know in the comments. Now lets get fishing , but first if you have not yet subscribed to our podcast please do so by going to our website www.flyfishinginsderpodcat.com and clicking the subscribe button on your favorite podcast platform. Happy fishin.
In this GDF we learn that, Chad talks about what guest can expect while on a guided fishing trip with him and his crew. He mentions to us of all the great places that he guides from. Captain Chad is no stranger to being up in Alaska one week and then Patagonia the next. He’s considered a fly fish/ guide bum by many. He also shares with us the love he has when he takes guests out guiding and they up into that fish of lifetime.