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Ice Flies? Ice Jigs? Ice Lures?

Definitions and characteristics:
              Ice Fly:   A lure made up of feathers, dubbing, and hooks.

              Ice Jig:  A painted lure made up with lead, steel, and a hook - weighing under 3 oz. and small in size.

              Ice Lure:  A large lure (over 3 oz.).  Heavy for the purpose of plunking or pounding the bottom of the lake to kick up a cloud of water to attract the fish.

              I personally like Ice Jigs because they are easy to make and decorate by using powder coating or fish tape.  One way to make ice jigs is by using a stainless steel pizza cutter blade. (You may purchase pizza cutters at your local dollar store.)  Knock out the center rivet and use a pair of tin snips to cut them out.  Use a one-inch belt sander to smooth the edges.  Embellish with sparkle tape (fish tape) and a #8 hook.

            I’ve had a lot of success in making my own ice jigs (see photos), and they work well while fishing through the ice.

Jim Lefgren
December 2015


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           Well it’s time to start looking at a new ice fishing season.  I went out to my garage to check on my ice fishing equipment, and I noticed that everything had dust on it!  Oh how quickly the summer months went by. . .

            As I have been looking through the new ice fishing catalogs, I felt that some of my equipment was out of date.  It was fun to see the new inventions that have come on the market recently, but the items that have caught my attention are the new in-line ice fishing reels.  To me it seems like in-line reels for fly fishing have been around forever.  So in doing my updating, I found there are good and bad features to look for when purchasing in-line ice fishing reels:

·         Does it have room in the handle for your gloves?

·         Does it have a good winding ratio?

·         Does it have a good drag system?

·         Does it have a good release button for the spool?

         By performing all of these tests, I found one main thing to watch out for. . .when you do a dead stick drop, make sure you have your finger on the reel to prevent backlash on your line, or you spend a lot of time getting the rat’s nest out of your spool.  All I can say is, “good luck!” in picking out your new in-line ice reel.

Jim Lefgren
Autumn - 2015


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