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Friday, February 17, 2017

On Fire

Fly fishing can be "on fire" some days but not others. It's still winter in Idaho and there is a lot of ice fishing, but not a lot of trout fishing in the steams yet. It was 44 degrees this afternoon and although there is still quite a bit white out there, the possibility of stream/lake fishing is just around the corner.

Idaho Fly Fishers BlogThe snow will be melting soon so water is and will be high, but lake/stream fishing will be rapidly upon us. As soon as the lakes thaw, the chironomids will be out in mass. Some of the small mountain lakes will soon be boiling with fish and it will be time to dust off the rod and the pontoon boat. This time of year, I begin to think of floating a black crawler or chironomid deep and giving an occasional twitch. This technique will frequently initiate strikes, but they may be quite subtle.

Idaho Fly Fishers BlogAction though can be dramatic and the fish, once active, can be quite large. They will put up quite a fight and are usually thin, but give them a few weeks. They will fatten. If you are fishing streams/river, be careful of the "strainers" (trees that fall from snow and ice) for they may not be that visible sitting just under the surface. Always wear a PFD (personal floatation device) and never strap yourself in to your float tube or personal pontoon.

So go out there and catch 'em soon. Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and huge trout to all.

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