Salter’s Lake

Headed out at to Salter’s lake with Mike and Logan today for the first and last shot at ice fishing this year. It was pretty nice weather wise, and having just bought my first ice rod I was pretty pumped to get out there and slay some fish. We headed out at about 9:30 and being the Salter’s lake is out near Alberta Beach it’s not an ungodly distance but takes about 40 minutes.

I was feeling pretty lucky and optimistic, given that the last time we were at Salter’s I caught a pretty sizeable rainbow and it was my birthday so that was a nice present for me. When we got there a few folks who were leaving had limited out at 5 fish and mentioned someone had pulled out a 3 pound monster earlier in the morning. This fit with the rumor of a 4 pounder a few weeks ago according to the folks at the Fishing Hole. I was using a Forage Minnow on top and tied on a Black Chironomid I tied the night before as a drop down fly. Once I got in the ice tent I could see there was lots of interest but nothing took the bait. Story of my life these days.

After those few interested fish took a look and decided how unhungry they were the fishing dropped off. ´╗┐Logan´╗┐‘s brother pulled in a small rainbow about 20 minutes before we left. In addition to being an expert fisherman, taking photos is another one of my fortes, but I only managed to get him releasing the beast back into the hole from which it came!

Better luck next time boys!



A few new fly patterns

It’s about this time I think all anglers including myself get anxious. The rivers and lakes are newly frozen but not frozen enough to start ice fishing. I’ve been pretty bored over the last few weeks and I’ve been meaning to hit the tying bench but didn’t get to it till today. I went out and bought a few new things to bolster my supply of feathers and hooks and after talking to my uncle this afternoon about fishing I decided to make an effort and try a few new patterns. I picked two new ones from my tying book, improvised a multi-colored Woolly bugger and then winged it and tied a pattern out of the latest issue of Fly Fusion.


The First one I tied was a pattern called a Red Tag, which was relatively simple. Materials used were: red yarn, three peacock herls, one red-brown cock hackle, and black thread. I used a number 10 Mustad hook. This is a dry fly but can be tied to be fished wet in rivers or lakes. Best used against Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Arctic Grayling.


My second pattern I tried was called a Soldier Palmer, which is a wet fly. Materials used were: red yarn, gold wire rib, two brown cock hackles and black thread. It is for use in lakes mainly and is effective for Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Sea Trout.



My next one was just a Woolly Bugger and while I though I remember how to tie one, I ended up doing it backwards and forgot to put a bead head on. Materials: one brown marabou feather, one white marabou feather, grey chenille, a short strand of lead, brown cock hackle and black thread. I used a number 10 Mustad 3xl streamer hook. This one was pretty haggard. It can be used for Browns, Cutthroats, Rainbows and Arctic Char.



The last one I attempted was a pattern I saw in Fly Fusion regarding flies from around the world. This one is from Japan and is very simple.  Materials were: cream color dubbing, one grizzly hackle and black thread, tied onto a number 14 Mustad hook. This is a typical Tenkara pattern. These patterns usually don’t use anything else from what I listed above. In Japan they have fish like Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden and a land locked Salmon called a Cherry Trout. I’m sure this will be effective here as well.


In preparation of the upcoming ice fishing season I’ll be tying some simple patterns to be used as a second drop down hook. My Uncle Dean mentioned a small freshwater shrimp pattern that apparently makes fish go nuts at Hasse Lake. If anyone has this recipe, would you care to email it to me? Thanks!