IMPROVEMENT! The Colorado low heads off to scare the east coast media for the weekend and we’re back on the trek toward spring. We talk about tips for improving fly and lure offerings in today’s Three Things, because we know you spent your snow day(s) productively too!
(Featured Photo: Mix it up! Tie patterns with a variety of materials, and bug that dubbing out with a brush. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 3/7 – Skies clearing, winds drop. Hi 25, Lo 14, Winds NW@10.
Tomorrow: Thu 3/8 – Sunny, warmer afternoon. Hi 29, Lo 4, Winds SE@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:11AM Sunset: 6:38PM
Moonrise: 12:05AM Moonset 10:20AM
Overhead: 5:16AM Underfoot: 5:40PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (76% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30 – 6:30PM. The time leading into sunset will help stabilize the bite and give you a solid Edge Hour.
BRUSH, BRUSH. Wasn’t that a Paula Abdul hit? Utilizing an old toothbrush (or your sibling’s), or a strip of Velcro, you can tease fibers out from a fly’s body to give it a buggier look. Those stretched and scattered strands resemble legs, hairs, gills and other feathery parts – adding realism to an offering.
TOTALLY WIRED. Instead of going with just the standard copper or gold wire for ribbing – color things up. Ultra Wire comes in different sizes and a variety of colors and is even available in a convenient kit with six different hues to spice up those favorite nymphs like Copper Johns, PTNs and GRHEs!
A REAL HOTHEAD. Don’t forget to turn your favorite patterns into egg-sucking options for spawning trout in spring and fall. A little hot orange, red or chartreuse thread built up as a head will make it look like the insect or leech is attacking an egg – which brings out the parental instinct in some fish – or maybe they just want two snacks for the effort of one.