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Djfan 01-13-2012 10:38 PM

Tying for ice fishing?
Has anyone ever tied up anything for ice fishing?

Just wondering.

swimbait 01-14-2012 11:19 AM

Re: Tying for ice fishing?
Yes. Epoxy bombers, brassie type stuff. Also did some daphnia on TMC 2488's in size thirty. They were fifteen sizes too big, but the perch ate them like candy. Three turns of fluorescent lime thread, coated. Ta da! (Dropped them off a micro-marabou jig)

If you have ever wondered what the guacamole in perch guts you catch through the ice is, it is daphnia, aka water fleas. They eat them by the teeming thousands, but there are NO commercial counterfeits. I think you might need a camera to tell when you are being bit though, I tried to feel the bites, and I just could not. The tiny bug glowed in the IR light from the Aqua View though. I filled a bucket!


abbner 01-14-2012 11:49 AM

Re: Tying for ice fishing?
I'm not an ice fisher by any stretch of the imagination but what little I have done I noticed most folks catching fish on stuff like meal worms. I would think that if you targeted that as a pattern, you should produce something. It's an idea anyway.

fish fetish 01-16-2012 12:41 PM

Re: Tying for ice fishing?
There are some waxworm fly patterns out there- never heard of them working though. I believe fish in winter are attracted to the scent of mealies & waxies first, I don't know if they would eat the fly without the scent. Micro-marabou jigs are easy to tie & can be very effective (although purists might object to calling it a fly), & I know of a few guys who have done well with scuds on more than one occasion.

fish fetish 01-16-2012 12:46 PM

Re: Tying for ice fishing?
There is a fly in the fly pattern archive called the soggy mealworm ice fly tied by Fishingal- check it out.

fishingal 01-16-2012 02:24 PM

Re: Tying for ice fishing?
If you use the search function there was a thread in ice fishing a few years back and I posted a bunch of stuff there.

All were tied on size 10 1/80th oz jigs. The one with the fluorescent orange chenille body, grizzly bugger hackle and golden pheasant tippet tail was lost to a monster at Antero... rotten little thing!

Djfan 01-16-2012 11:14 PM

Re: Tying for ice fishing?
Thanks all!

RD3 01-19-2012 06:46 PM

Re: Tying for ice fishing?
When I ice fish, I always use two rods. I use the usual jig and meal worm on one rod. But on the other rod, I cannot help but to put on a scud that worked in open water.

My dad used to laugh at me... "Flies under the ice? Ha!" But I have done OK with the scuds. I would say that the jig and meal worm catches twice as many fish as the scuds. But I usually dead sitck both poles, so I the scent probably makes a big difference.

And like open water, I get much more reward catching fish on my scuds rather than on the meal worms. Also like open water, the fish hit the scud softer and spit it out faster than with bait. So you have to be in arms reach of your rod to ice fish with scuds.

And at the Delaneys, you have to use artifical. Sometimes I ice fish there just to force myself to try new things. Take your fly box with you next time you ice fish and give it a go. I would be interested to hear how you do.

fishingal 01-20-2012 02:26 AM

Re: Tying for ice fishing?
I've actually caught suckers (yes, you heard correctly) by bouncing a non-bead-headed pheasant tail on the bottom, in about a size 12 on some ponds a few years ago. Had the camera pointed down the hole and about died laughing when I saw what sucked up my pheasant tail...

I've seen guys use red chironomids, soft hackled wet flies, buggers, just about anything that looks vaguely buggy and food-item-like... and no, I haven't tried tying egg yarn on to make it look like power bait, yet... :D

rmalling 01-22-2012 08:42 AM

Re: Tying for ice fishing?
Is anyone ice fishing with their fly rod? If so, I guess you'd have to sit 9 feet from the hole?

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