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hi folks, i am 21 years old and attend regis university. i play baseball there but am taking the year off from that because i had an elbow surgery (tommy john's) a month ago. because of that i cant do the normal things i love like shoot my bow, lift weights, etc. and have been bored out of mind. i asked my doctor and physical therapist if i can fish and they said no fly fishing, spin fishing, but you can ice fish. i said ok, ive never done that or really thought about it, but i will give it a try. so i did last weekend and went up to golden gate canyon state park and had a blast. i only caught three fish, keeping one, but i had many bites/nibbles. i have decided to stick with it because it is so much fun. i am the only outdoors person in my family so i have to learn on my own about this kind of stuff or read advice from internet forums like this. so i have some questions:
1) i have read alot of the reports posted on here and a common thing that i read is people "seeing" fish through their holes. well i would like to know how? are you guys seeing them on electronics like fish finders or cameras? or seeing them with your own eyes just by looking in the holes? i didnt have a shelter when i went does this help? i tried to peer down into my hole and i couldnt see where the ice ended, what am i missing here?
2) i bought a 24" frabill ul rod/reel combo. i did this because i knew that the fish at the park would be little. can i still use this rod on other lakes where the fish might be bigger? in the summer i use the same two ultra light rods for whatever i am fishing for: walleye, trout, bass, panfish, etc. because i just like how they feel when a fish is on. it makes me feel like i have a big fish lol. i just dont know if ice rods are built the same way that regular rods are and dont want to break my ice rod if i do get a bigger fish. any advice?
3) i read on another thread (something about green mountain res.) that some people can get aggitated when a person cuts a hole x distance from them. i think one person said 200' would make him aggitated. now i wouldnt have thought that because in my mind that is a long way(home to first to second and then some). so can somebody list some sort of icefisherman's code of conduct/ethics? i'm just curious because when i went last weekend the worker at the visitors center told me another gentleman was fishing and it was his first time too and maybe i could ask him how he was doing. so i did, and we talked and i watched him for a few minutes and then asked him where he would like me to fish since he was there first. he said he didnt care so i asked if i could fish about 10-15 yards from him and he said that would be great. i dont know if that was unethical, or if another fisherman would be offended by me asking him where i should fish in relation to him/her, or even if they would get aggitated just by me approaching them? some advice/help there would be great!
4) how long typically does the icefishing season last? i would imagine that the lakes around the divide would hold ice longer than those closer to home which is denver.
5) are there lakes that are better off for someone who has a very basic knowledge of icefishing? are there ceertain species that are better for me? i have talked my stepdad into going with me, and he has done it before, but said that he jsut went along with his friends and did what they did/told him to do. he said he enjoyed it, but doesnt know what to do anymore than i do.
6) anything else that you think i should know?
thanks for your time and help in advance!
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hey chris thanks for finding me on here and for telling me about this site. my name is kyle by the way. and oh yeah thanks for letting me fish near you. i will definately bring a chair next time, ibet it wouldnt be as cold! it would be cool to get together with you for a trip. we could learn together from about the same skill level. but it is sometimes hard for me to make plans in advance because you never know how much homework professors will slam on you at the last minute. you have some good gear ideas and additions, thanks for sharing. and if you ever see me out again you can use my auger anytime!
-tal0362- i kind of figured that golden gate was alot different than other lakes. i kept reading about how guys catch trout in 15-20feet of water. i was amazed that the bottom was only 5 turns of the reel handle down. i was more amazed that there was fish there! im not sure if chris heard my "holy s**t" when i got my first bite or not. i also certainly would not park myself close to someone on a bigger body of water, but at those ponds you are kind of forced to. i would like to get up to green mountain this season...how bad is traffic typically? to be honest i have never skied so ive never been up i-70 in the winter so i have no idea what to expect with that. "I'm sure you will catch fish." really? it's that do-able for someone with one trip under thair belt? sounds like fun
-hosswolf- i kind of figured i couldnt see in the hole because of the difference in light between above the ice and below, much the same effect that when it is night time and you are in the house with the lights on it is harder to see out than window than when the lights are off? i thought about bringing a sled and a bucket and some bungee cords, and standing the sled up on end and then putting the bucket inside and bungee cording it to the sled so the sled stands up...but i didnt want to look stupid to anybody else who was out on the ice. i think i am going to give it a trial run (my ideas always sound better in my head than in actual practice)at home and see if it actually works. about the rods: i did search through our attic and found two rods, one kind of stiffer than the one i have, and one stiffer than that. so i am going to give them a try and see what works out best. they both have little wire-type strike indicators on their tips so i am optimistic. it makes sense what you said about a stiff rod being better for hooksets. i missed a lot of fish, and that may be the problem, but i did go buy some smaller hooks (14 i think) to put on my swedish pimple. is a flasher one of the things that looks like a fish finder but just has bars with lights? if i see someone with one is it ok to just ask them "excuse me, i see you have a flasher, can i just sit a few feet from you and watch how you use it?" (no fishing or drilling by me). if you ever see a kid that looks really out of place, thats me...and yes i would love a bratwurst! thanks for your reply.

-one other question: how is the right way to hook a mealworm? i was using half and just going right through the middle of them with the hook. it seemed that after one little nibble (that i noticed) they would steal it. if there is a more secure way, or certain part of the mealworm to go through when putting them on i would love to hear it.
thanks again for all the replies, i apprecciate it emmensely.
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hey thanks guys! jaquomo-i am not too clear about your tube/mealie method. but if i have it right you are saying that instead of the tip of the hook pointing up towards my hole (running parallel with my line if we could extend an imaginary line off the hook tip in the direction it is pointing), the hook tip shodl be perpindicular to my line, and the eye of my jig shodl be pointing up towards my hole?
 
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