THE MARCH CONTINUES. In every-other-Monday fashion, Ol’ Man Winter sneaks in another punch to the gut, as totals from around the region reached nearly five inches of heavy, moisture-laden snow. While the melt was back on by Monday afternoon, this continued sloppy pattern looks to continue to stick around for a while. Speaking of sticking, we talk about just that in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Stick It To ‘Em! A shrink tube holds a treble hook in place as a large bucktail is assembled. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 3/20 – Calm and cloudy. Hi 35, Lo 25, Winds SE@6
Tomorrow: Wed 3/21 – More sunshine Hi 39, Lo 23, Winds S@7
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:46AM Sunset: 7:56PM
Moonrise: 9:40AM Moonset 11:37PM
Overhead: 4:33PM Underfoot: 4:08AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (11% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:00 – 5:00PM. Moon overhead and a warm evening will give you a good Edge Hour on the ice tonight.
ZAP! Looking for a superglue that not only binds thread, fur and feathers for fly-tying, but does fast, accurate double-duty for any outdoors project? Try Zap-A-Gap to fill the void and secure just about anything to anything else. Watch it though! It’s fast drying and bonds well to thumb and forefinger!
NAILED IT. Looking for lacquer in all the wrong places? Try the beauty aisle. For a compact, portable lacquer, pick up a vial of Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails. With a brush applicator, this coating will secure thread heads and jig wraps with a shiny cementing that will help them stand up to a number of fish and look good in the process. Go with the clear version.
SHRINKY DINK. Share if you remember those things crisping up in your mom’s oven! Want to hold hooks in place on bigger baits for muskies and pike? Use a bit of electrician’s shrink tubing to make them stay horizontal on the retrieve and prevent them from tangling with blades and leaders on the cast. They’ll lock hooks steady and make them stick in those big fishes’ mouths!