WEIGHTY MATTERS. We’re getting closer to the weekend and another shot at snow, but not nearly the amounts we saw last week. While we plow through the last of winter, we talk spring and spring fishing and tips for getting your flies down for hungry fish in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Flies at the ready. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 3/9 – Clouds settle in. Hi 28, Lo 15, Winds SE@15, G 22.
Tomorrow: Sat 3/10 – Chance for snow. Hi 32, Lo 13, Winds NW@20, G 28.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:05AM Sunset: 6:41PM
Moonrise: 2:06AM Moonset 11:33AM
Overhead: 6:51PM Underfoot: 7:14PM
Moon Phase: Last Quarter @ 5:20AM
GET DOWN. Lead wraps are perhaps the easiest way to turn a standard fly into one that gets down in the column. Add them under thoraxes and abdomens to bulk up flies and to give them added density to get deeper in the water in those corner pockets and pools
LET’S SPLIT. A small split shot in front of a fly will help drag it down and hold it low. Pinch it on a foot or up the line from the fly to keep the offering in the strike zone. A small weight will make it less conspicuous to pressured fish while still getting a fly down lower to them.
SINKING FEELING. Sinking fly lines will help present an offering without additional weight. These specialty lines – Type II to Type V – will sink, faster with higher number. So for fly fishing in deep stillwaters, go higher to get lower.