Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The winter is a time to develop new flies, tie more flies to replace those used up over the summer and go ice fishing. I like to test new flies, and old ones, by adapting them for ice fishing. Ice fishing gives me a rare opportunity to watch fish and see how they react to different fly patterns by watching them through the ice in a darkened fish house. I am not able to present the flies how I might if I was actually fly fishing but I am able to see how enthusiastically certain species of fish might react to a particular fly. So here are gratuitous pictures of fish caught over the winter with fly patterns adapted for ice fishing.