I know that some guys use small flys for bluegill and crappie threw the ice. Would some one mind sharing some of the flies they use and have had success with?
this rig has worked for me this last year I used it and caught alot of fish on the fly above the teardropI use the Michigan style rig for my sight fishing poles. Use any scud like patterned flys, diffrent colors on diffrent days. I will use a jig or teardrop as my dropper weight and tie my fly up a bit. Try and get your fly out away from the line just like a open water drop shot. I use this in finnese situations only, so all jig sizes and knot junctions need to be minute. Play with it you can probbly use it in other applications as well. Flys work great I don't even bait mine most of the time.
As far as I know this is illegal. Maybe I interpret the law incorrectly, but I was under the impression that you could only use two hooks per line. Anyone else familiar with this law?We used a twin fly set up with a lead jig on the bottom at Simcoe the last time we went. I tell you what, hauling 3 10+ inch perch up at one time is a blast, but very hard to get through a 6" hole.
Let's see some pics! I got interested in ice flies last winter, but there is not a lot of information out there.As far as ice flies go, it's all I use. I will never use an ice jig again. I don't need bait and always outfish everyone around me. My rig usually consists of 2 flies with splitshot between the two flies. How many splitshots I use depends on the depth I am fishing. I usually catch most of my gills in deep water at least 20'-30'. My flies are one of a kind and I think it's why they are so successful. I may be willing to sell some or trade secrets if anyone is interested.
Thats what I was thinking, who knows what the rules are on that lake, canada's wildlife managment has a jumbo book with diffrent rules on about every diffrent lake out there. I was confused at first but then I just turned to the page with the lake I was fishing and was all set. captian thanks for the info on the exact law here in MI It was a little gray for me before, now I know.This was at Lake Simcoe in Canada, not Michigan.
As far as I know this is illegal. Maybe I interpret the law incorrectly, but I was under the impression that you could only use two hooks per line. Anyone else familiar with this law?
I never fish more than one fly, so I don't check the rules often. However I have always thought you were limited to two hooks per line. However here's the detail from the DNR site, it doesn't seem to specify only two hooks per line any where -
Hook and Line Fishing: Fish so taken must be hooked in the mouth.
Fish not hooked in the mouth must be returned to the water immediately.
No more than two lines per person (including tip-ups) nor more than four
hooks or lures may be used. Except: on L. Michigan, L. Huron,
L. Superior and the St. Marys R., those persons in the act of trolling while
targeting trout/salmon may use three rods/lines and attach no more than
crawler harness are counted as one hook. Hooks must be baited or
for taking smelt in recognized smelt waters. Tip-ups and similar devices
must be under immediate control. Hook size regulations exist on certain
streams (see Exceptions to General Regulations by County, p. 16-19).
I use high color braid on my spool then I attach, with the use of a blood or uni knot, a mono or flouro leader about 3-6'. I will take the jig and tie it to a 6" or so (does not nead to be exact you can adjust with your knot) left over peice of the line used to make the leader. Next make a blood or double uni knot to conect the jig to the leader at this ponit you can fine tune how far apart everything is going to be. Once the knot is secure you will be left with the two tags pick the straightest one (it will be horizontal off your leader) and save it, clip the other peice of line from the knot close. Finally tie your fly on that (tag) portion of the line left over, it needs to be fairly close to the main line to acheive a true horizontal presintation I would say less than 1.5" no closer than a .5". Mess around with this set up and you will get the appropriate depths and can readly tie one that suits or needs. You will see (if sight fishing) the bigger gill, especially redears, come up and lip the fly, this requiers instant hook set beacuse the fish will not enterly love the taste of the fly and often spit it out. Its fun and gets the heart a pumping.