Post By: Anteroman Posted: 5/19/2017 6:16:23 PMPoints: 1186
The bugs are coming off, logged my best 1/2 day of this season today with 25 to net, had a hunch today's low wind forecast after 3 days of rain/sleet snow would be good and it was. All on chironomids and all but 2 in the 18-22" range. Did not have one other boat/toon/tube in the area I was fishing the entire outing, very pleasant, when a snow squall started pushing through from the West the fish shutdown and the wind clocked up to 15+, also had one small pike on a SJ worm. Bill
Thanks Bill, good to hear that things have picked up at the pond. I've got the the Spinney Jones going. I need to have a day..... but it's fishing you get what's on the plate. Weather, hatches etc. However, 25 Spinney fish is awesome. I need to get up next Saturday. If things work out for me. I'll bring your midges. I hope they are close enough to what your buddy tied. I2
Hey Bill, wondering if you would share any technique notes on fishing chromonids. I do mostly spin fishing on the lake, but want to get my fly rod back out. I'll be over there Friday a week tomorrow. Looking forward to it...watch your reports and looks like things heating up...despite the water level. I remember a few years back started out low and slow...but still turned into a good year. Thanks...John
AC John, Some basics, I prefer 5wt. 8'6" rod with floating line. I normally fish a 1X-3X 9' leader and the 6# flouro to the second fly, (and sometimes 3rd) I buy 100+ yard spools of flouro at Wally Mart or similar as the little spools cost a fortune and only have 20-30 yds. I generally like bigger flies, sizes 12-16 are my normal, lots of folks do really well with tiny flies, I have a hard time putting 6# flouro in the hook eye and I don't like to play fish for longer than I have to, I love the hook-up and like to get them to net and off as quickly as possible, the faster I get the fish off the better it's chance of survival. I use slip bobbers now exclusively as it makes it a lot easier to get the fish into the net, this is especially true if your fishing in water much over 8' deep. One of the keys is finding what depth the fish are feeding at, vary your depth if your not getting bites. If your fishing one rod start a foot off the bottom and move up a foot or so at a time as necessary. Sometimes the fish want a dead still presentation, other times they want it moving, vary your presentation until you get bites. I prefer to anchor when midge fishing, it works better than moving around. Hope some of these points help you out and welcome to the LONG ROD disease!! Bill
Thanks a lot! I usually troll from my kayak, but next week will be on a pontoon decked out in the American flag. I pretty much have all I need from your description...except the sliding bobber...but have thingamabobbers. Thanks again and if we hook up I'll post.
Yep, Thought so. You went by me several times last week. Looked like you had a destination in mind up north of me. I was the green FatCat tube around outhouse #2. We were fishing through the snow squalls all last week. Had a great time and caught a lot of huge fish too.
I2....Those are some sick chironomids bro I would be proud to fish them! That is, in a sparce hatch because they are so realistic they might just blend right in w the naturals...So i would put some attention getter above like a flashy calli or damsel, micro leech, or a big old nasty ice cream cone with a plutonic bead... great work on those flies dude
Jibber, I'm not a tyer but I normally fish size 10-16 bugs, nymphs and Big Midges. On leeches typically size 2 to 10, and my drys, size 4 to 14. You'll have to get specifics on types of hooks from some of the very talented folks on this site like I2FLY . Bill
Thanks for the compliments guys. Those flies are not hard and are fun to make. They are on a 1760 #12 hook. The hook is 2xheavy. It was recommended by Charlie Craven. As a good choice for the chironmid. BTW Saturday I fished size #10 black and red holographic tinsel. 11 in the net + 2 pike. All the fish I landed were on it. 1 foot off the bottom. Also the hatch was heavy. Really big bugs....I think it is because they are late coming they are so big. Tight lines fellas.