NIGHT & DAY. We hope you’ve enjoyed this reprieve from January’s usual bone-chilling temps, because inside conditions will be sweeping through the area shortly, making for a difference you can feel. Today is your best bet for a hot bite as the front approaches this evening, so get on the ice if you can and put a few fish up top. After Wednesday, it’ll be back to your tackle projects, which we talk more about in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The Darkness and the Light. Tying nymphs with various shades of material this winter can mean the difference between strikes and striking out this spring. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 1/9 – Nice day, then dicey. Hi 40, Lo 20, Winds S@6.
Tomorrow: Wed 1/10 – Falling temps w/ snow and wind. Hi 27, Lo 1, Winds NW@21, G30
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:26AM Sunset: 5:15PM
Moonrise: 1:22AM Moonset 12:54PM
Overhead: 7:12AM Underfoot: 7:35PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (42% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:15-6:15PM. Make it a night bite as the approaching front and sunset combine to turn fish on in today’s Edge Hour.
DUAL ACTION. Tying a few of your favorite fly and lure patterns in dark and light colors will help you adjust on the water to changes in turbidity (water clarity) due to wind or runoff, and to sky conditions such as a bright sunny day or an overcast one. Use the shinier patterns on those super clear waters or sunny days, and toss the darker ones out when it’s overcast or the water is dingy.
MEDALIST. The same can be said for spinners and spoons. In dingy or dark waters, gold, red, purple and bronze-hued metals are often a good bet, while silvers and light colors shine in clear waters. Oftentimes, baitfish (and predators) reflect the color of the water they live in through genetic selection and protective coloration. Key in on these factors as you use the cold nights to build your tackle arsenal, making enough offerings for any given scenario.
YOU’VE GOT TIME. After Wednesday, nighttime lows are expected to stay below zero, and daytime highs aren’t going to get beyond the low teens for about 7-10 days, giving you plenty of time to get your tackle, rods and other gear in order when you can’t be out on the ice. That’s just January’s way of helping you get ready for spring!