FALL FOR NOW. Much of the snow from the past two weeks has melted away, putting the landscape back in beige. We chill out today, staying in the 20s all day, before we bounce around in the mid-30s for the foreseeable future. The weekend is setting up to be calm, so plan your mid-season firearms deer hunts accordingly. We drop it like it’s hot in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Three rooster pheasants make their way through the brown grasses of a farm near Raleigh, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 11/15 – Cooling off. Hi 30, Lo 24, Wind NW@15 to N@7.
Tomorrow: Thu 11/16 – Southeast breeze, no rain. Hi 42, Lo 19. Wind SE@22, G33
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:47AM Sunset: 5:08PM
Moonrise: 4:34AM Moonset 4:17PM
Overhead: 10:30AM Underfoot: 10:53PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (7% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 4:10 – 5:10PM. The stretch leading up to sunset will be prime time, as today’s Edge Hour combines moonset and lessening winds, along with more rut-friendly temps. Perfect for an evening sit!
DROP SHOT. The drop shot rig places the hook about 12 to 18 inches above the weight, which is tied at the end of the line. Typically fished on light monofilament or fluorocarbon, the drop shot rig is designed to pick up finicky bass, but is being converted to ice fishing applications as well. Try it out this winter, or next summer, whenever it seems fish need a little finesse.
DROP TINE. A deer sporting a drop tine typically develops the odd antler accessory through genetics, age or injury while the velvet antlers are setting up during the summer season. Highly prized as a rare trophy, a buck with a drop tine is often sought after and frequently a thing of legend in late fall. Some oddsmakers put harvesting a droptine buck in the 1-in-1,000 range, others suggest it’s much rarer than that.
DROPP…ER? A dropper fly is often attached to a bright attractor fly, such as a stimulator or Chernobyl ant with a small loop of monofilament tied in at the butt (or the nymph simply tied directly to the hook). The dropper – usually a smaller nymph behind the larger fly – often serves as the primary offering, while the bigger surface fly is used more as a strike indicator, but does double duty, just in case fish are on the rise.