you're a lucky dog to be able to go fishing. Even if I could, it's -22 Celsius in Montreal today ==8-O
Broodstock landlocks will indeed hit flies. I have seen large ones that fought well and others that came in like a a wet sack of potatoes. Go figure. Don't know what kind of water temperature you have in those ponds now, but I remember doing well in the north woods of NY, fishing streamers about a foot down, as late as november.