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Monday, December 26, 2011

Ice Fly Fishing?

Lake Cocolalla, Idaho

"Ice Fly Fishing?" is written by YellowStoneFly for the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog and if anyone knows how exactly to do this, please comment. I know absolutely nothing about this rapidly growing activity, but each year as I pass this particular spot on Lake Cocolalla north of Coeur d'Alene Idaho, I see more and more people wetting hooks. Rumor is they are fishing primarily for walleye and yellow perch (aka racoon perch). Bait consists of jigs, minnows and combos of the above. Don't know how much catch-n-release fishing is done. I believe most of the catch is designed for the dinner table.

Good ice fishing areas sometimes look like campgrounds in the summer. I have seen some really cool tents for sale for this purpose with utility sleds designed to haul augers and other gear and with built-in seats. These sleds look like small boats. I guess if the ice breaks they can be used to save your a--. The tents are wind proof and appear to be quite warm and cozy inside. Would be a great place to socialize and have a little Jack Daniels while telling fishing lies.

As far as "Ice Fly Fishing?" is concerned, I suppose one could design a weighted streamer and using a sink tip line dropped it into the augered hole in the ice and maybe catch a fish. At least it would take very little casting skills. You would however have to stand outside your ice hut unless you made a really short fly rod. Might just try it sometime.

Well until I design said fly and build that really short fly rod, I guess I'll just wait for spring and the Idaho fly fishing I know and love. This time of year really makes me yearn for those warm days and nights when the cutties and bows start to sip midges in the surface film. The slamming takes of a 5 pounder on a 6x tippet really gets the heart pumping.

Come fly fish Idaho with us soon, but in the meantime, if you have any suggestions about the topic discussed above, simply post your comments or email suggestions to us and we will post for you.


Tags: Westslope Cutthroat
Look warm, don't they?
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  1. Hey, found your blog and followed it.

    I have always wanted to try ice fishing. Not a lot of it down here in Kentucky. JGR

  2. Thanks for following. Used to live in MO. Know people that do ice fish in the northern portion of the state for stocked walleye, but I wouldn't. If you try to, please be very careful. Ice definitely doesn't get as deep there as in ID.