01-18-2000, 07:02 PM
Since I haven't been fishing, I have no reports to make. http://188.8.131.52/images/flytalk/Sad.gif
However the Stony Brook Fish & Game club will be hosting an ice fishing tournament(weather permitting)February 19th & 20th. It's just a small club pond but it will be stocked with trout both days and is open to the public. I think the cost is $10.00 per hole. They will being serving breakfast and lunch in the clubhouse. So if you're not in some warm exotic location fishing or sitting by the fire tying up some flies break out some traps or your jigging rod and stop by.
01-18-2000, 07:03 PM
I forgot to mention the $10.00 tags are good for both days. http://184.108.40.206/images/flytalk/Happy.gif
How do you chip out a hole long enough to get a decent cast? Do trout rise well in subzero winds? What pattern do you use? http://220.127.116.11/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif" border="0" align="middle">
I guess a fly guy would have to be pretty hard up to try his way of angling in this weather. But fishin' is fishin', they say.
For me tying is fishin', and building camaraderie is fishin' and sipping a glass of Balvenie (thanks Pete!) is fishin' in it's own way. As long as I am visualizing the sweet smell of cottonwood buds in the Skagit River valley, or the pungent tang of low tide on a Brewster Flat while I sip, it's fishin.
Unfortunately, and meaning no disrespect to my good friend Sully (who burned the midnight oil with me last night trying to understand the network problems) - ice fishin' aint' fishin' to me... brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! <img src="http://18.104.22.168/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif
Better get MikeZ in on this conversation!
01-19-2000, 08:18 AM
Ice fishing?! don't get me started now... I will never do it... 25 freaken years living in this north pole with 6 months of winter and I don't care. I will NEVER do it! Hate the cold... hate it... we're still in deep freeze in Montreal -24 this morning and we're in it for another five days at least. I need some relief... I'll go check the Patagonia pics in a couple of books I got yesterday from Amazon.. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH
01-19-2000, 11:49 AM
It's kinda tricky but I usually use a chain saw to cut a 4x20 slot through the ice. That's about as far as I can cast the 6WT. No risers so a sink tip is the only way to go. http://22.214.171.124/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif" border="0" align="middle">
I started fishing the hard water in my late teens when it wasn't very popular. As in all things in life there are benefits and drawbacks. If you wanted solitude this was the sport. Beauty comes in the most unexpected forms and places.
To me there is something celestial about the sun rising over an apparently lifeless tundra with chips of ice flying all about creating a frozen rainbow in their wake. The brilliant winter colors of a fresh caught brookie.
The adrenelin rush of a flag going off and the race to the hole knowing that a pike has just inhaled a 12" sucker and is pulling so hard the trap is slamming against the side of the hole. Or peering through 5" of crystal clear ice as you are doing hand to hand with a 5# rainbow at Walden.
And of course NO BUGS. <img src="http://126.96.36.199/images/flytalk/Happy.gif
Keep those pictures coming. WOW! What a nice brown. And that picture of the side of the Brookie is unbelievable.
01-19-2000, 12:25 PM
I can see your angle of where you find beauty but the cold... man, I will just never get used to it. Everything I love to do happens with water in liquid state. Glad you like the pics. The brown that appears in my sig is a 22" fish from the mighty St. Lawrence River right here in Montreal... urban fishing. It's a fall fish and the place where I caught it is about 2km wide and I was wading out about 500 feet from shore. Water was low and you have to respect this beast of a river but there are browns , rainbows, smallmouth, largemouth, pike, muskies, carp, suckers... hell, even sturgeons! and the odd salmon or steelhead from the great lakes. The brookie spots pic is from that fishing club near La Tuque, Quebec. It was late August and the fish already have their spawning suits on 8^)
01-19-2000, 03:10 PM
Urban Fishing? Sounds like the Merrimack in Downtown Lawrence. You never know what you might pull up. Have I got a fly for you!
01-19-2000, 04:20 PM
Sorry to get you excited. I was refering to my new fly in my post from last night. I'm targeting a herring species in the Merrimack. I'm a new tyer but what the hell, it might kick butt. I have another idea in the works too. I hope to gfind some feathers for it this weekend at the show (sshhhhh)
Here is the link (cool you can link to other messages)
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01-19-2000, 04:37 PM
Terry, that's a great looking fly (doesn't look like a fly tied by a beginner to me). I'd bet deceivers like that not only catch saltwater species. Looks a hell of a lot like some of the large streamers tied on 8X hooks or tandems to fish New England and Quebec big lakes. That would pass for a smelt.