It's winter here, and the Ice is 30 inches thick. We are not doing much fly fishing these days.
I have been ice fishing though and it's been a pretty good season so far. I like to adapt my favorite flies for fishing vertically. Typically I put a bead in front of the eye of the hook.
The water we are fishing in is shallow and crystal clear so we can look down the hole and watch how fish approach the fly. We can differ the presentation and see how fish react. It's a lot of fun and I learn a lot by watching.
We do keep some of the big fish, they are delicious. I like them smoked. These fish are triploids (sterile) and have a five year life span so we don't feel bad about keeping them.
Here are some of them.
Friends with a days catch, we let a lot of the small ones go, had to keep some that bled a little.
A 22 inch char and some nice rainbows.
Some more friends, that's one of my best char this season, 24 inches. This is a Quartz lake grand slam, a char, a king, a silver and some rainbows in the same day.
14 to 18 inch rainbows.
My Cuz with a really nice char.
And that's her punk- azz boyfriend with a 26 inch rainbow. He's not really a punk-azz though, he's pretty good to her.
Friend Christine with her very first rainbow.
My bud Steve with girls and a nice catch. The first time fishing since the girls were kids.
Only four more months and I can fly fish again. Till then I've move the house to a lake with thirty pound lakers and 15 pound char in it. Wish me luck.