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Mark Knapp

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It's still two months before ice out in interior Alaska. The ice is 33 inches thick so we are still ice fishing.

 

I tied some of these things, I thought they looked trouty but wasn't sure.

 

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As it turned out, they worked pretty good.

 

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The biggest we caught were 17 to 21 inches long.

 

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We have liberal limits. We brought home 30, mixed arctic char and rainbow trout.

 

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This is what we'll be eating.....

 

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and this is what they were eating. All of the fish I cleaned were full of these snails about the size of a nickle.

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Thanks Rick, yes it was a blast. Did I forget to thank you for the brushes you sent? Thank you, haven't decided where to use them yet but I will show you when its done. Watch the mail.

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trout eat snails like that in the Ozarks too, but I don't have any periwinkle patterns so far

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Over here in UK snails can be a real fish fix at certain times, especially as weed dies off and huge amounts of snails are in the surface and moving up and down the water column.

A black seal fur body with a grey hackle works as well as anything.

Also a dark chenille body for bulk with a dun hackle for the foot.

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Have not had char in years. Born and raised in Anchorage.

Looks like you had alot of fun.

 

Rick

 

Do you miss Alaska?

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Hi Dave G. well, you have a point there. I would say that, the jigs I tied fall into more of the "Trigger" realm than "matching the hatch". That being said, I could adapt one of these to look a little more snail like. Thanks Dave.

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With a snail pattern however you might start catching them at a snail's pace. Something to consider.

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