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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As I have been looking through the new ice fishing catalogs, I felt that some of my equipment was out of date.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.
Autumn - 2015
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Can Fish See Colors? I went fishing with my buddies on Bear Lake last weekend in northern Utah. To start our early morning fishing, we pulled out the lures that we had been using in July (silver, brass, dark green with strips of red and yellow).
In the summer, we had great success with these lures. . . the temperature of the water was around 59 degrees then. However, when attempting to use them in the month of November, we had no bites. After going through our tackle box for an hour and a half, trying various lures, and having no success, we checked the water temperature. It was 39 degrees. Thinking that their food had probably changed because of the cold weather and water, we decided that yellow and green were not working. We finally found a lure with silver, blue and chartreuse, and the fishing was on! I would say that their feeding habits had changed, and the fish were attracted to different colors. I am sure the fish recognize color!
I’ve found that if you don’t recognize the seasons and habitat (location) of the fish, you may not have the fishing adventure you are seeking. Then, other times it’s just a stroke of luck. This is what makes fishing a challenge! . . . Jim Lefgren
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Another great day fishing with the Bullnose Wobbler Lure
JIM’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL FISHING. . .
Over the years I’ve found that there are many different techniques for the three basic categories of land fishing: Fly fishing, bait fishing, and spinner fishing. Each method has its basic tips for success. Here are a few I’ve found to work for me.
1. Many know that while fly fishing, it’s important to “match the hatch.” In order to do this, you first must determine if you are fishing on the surface (dry fly fishing) or underneath the water (nymph fishing). If you are dry fly fishing, run your hand through the branches of the trees and see what falls or flies out. Then, match one of your flies to the current bug! For nymph fishing, turn up the rocks around the area or in the river and see what’s lurking there. Then go through the fly box and match the fly to it. The hatch changes from day to day. What works one day, may not work the next. Also, check with the local fly shop personnel. They usually know what is working for the day.
2. The key to “bait fishing” is trying to simulate some type of a “scent.” Fish have a way of sensing the particulates in the water. Purchase some fish scent (many different varieties available) and dip your worms into it! (Anus is one of the best because of its permeating scent.)
3. Also, when bait fishing, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water before baiting your hook, and rinse well, for a clean start. Fish are extra sensitive to foreign odors from your hands. If you’ve been eating finger food or handling mechanical boat parts, for example, the fish will pick up the scent off your bait and shy away. (Hint: If baiting with maggots, smash them first. . . the scent will be dispersed and fish will flock! If you don’t smash them, they are just a hard shell that has little appeal.)
4. In spinner fishing, the key is to determine the right color to attract the fish you are after. For example, trout seem to be attracted to greens, reds, pinks, and blues. Bright, shiny metals (silver, brass, gold) are the best colors to use in spinner fishing along with any accent color that might attract your kind of fish.
5. Spinners/wobblers flutter in the water attracting fish to the object. Fish are basically cannibals and will prey on “wounded fish.” The spinner/wobbler simulates this condition.
The movement of the lure is essential as well. If you’re not catching fish, try bending or twisting the blade to create a different fluttering action. Watch how it moves through the water, and if it isn’t spinning/wobbling like a fish, try something else. (I don’t recommend using your teeth to bend metal blades! Keep a pair of small pliers in your tackle box. I’ve seen many chipped teeth because of this activity! )
For additional fishing tips visit TACKLE.ORG they have a great section on "How to Fish-Fishing Basics"