JUST THINKING. We’ve got ideas for spring and some fun things to set up for when the snow melts, along with an ANS update from the G&F in our Three Things today. We keep our fingers crossed for the warming trend with less snow forecasted at the back half of the week and a shot at 30 (above!) next Saturday.
Featured Photo: Easy Tie. A Griffith’s gnat is a great midge imitator. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 2/17 – Cloudy – Hi 7, Lo 0, Wind N@10.
Tomorrow: Mon 2/18 – Calm – Hi 6, Lo -6, Wind L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
3:49PM 6:30AM 11:39PM 11:08AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (95% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:30-4:30PM. The growing full moon on the rise will start the evening bite off right in today’s Edge Hour.
SHED HEADS. A few years back, Whitetail Properties came up with Shed Rally, an event akin to the Christmas Day bird count – a nationwide shed hunt for those looking to burn off the last of winter and get psyched for spring (and more likely, next fall). As the piles and drifts start to melt, last year’s antlers will be easier to see, and WP shares their tips for a successful spring hunt.
PLAN AHEAD. The updated 2018 ANS Plan is covered in this week’s installment of the NDG&F’s North Dakota Outdoors news short. Combining the insight of agencies, private citizens and tribal groups, the plan focuses on prevention and outreach to prevent the spread of nasties like zebra mussels and non-native vegetation to ND waters.
MIGHTY MIDGES. In spring, some of the first food sources for trout and other species are midges and midge larvae. When tying up these patterns, keep things simple. A thread body, a twist of tinsel, and a head of peacock herl is all it takes to imitate larvae, and an easy fly like the Griffith’s gnat does a good job generally imitating most adults.