THAT’S BRIGHT. While the monochromatic white-and-beige winter scale has set in some, there’s still plenty of time to color up your outdoor activities. We talk about colors shifts and small changes in lure assembly to keep things bright and cheery – and attractive to fish – in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: PUT A BEAD ON IT. A rainbow bead and some green wire spruce up a brown pheasant marabou woolly bugger. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 10/13 – Calm By Evening – Hi 33, Lo 30, Wind NW@9, G18.
Tomorrow: Mon 10/14 – Umm…Nice? – Hi 37, Lo 21, Wind L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
7:26PM 7:29AM 1:12AM 1:32PM
Moon Phase: Full @ 4:08PM.
EDGE HOUR: 6:30-7:30PM. With no wind, a rising full moon and sunset following this cold snap, you’ll want to be on stand for deer in our Edge Hour.
BLING! Winter is the time to experiment with colorful options. Once you’ve got all your standard flies tied up, get creative! Add blaze orange and rainbow beads to nymphs and streamers, tack some strands of tinsel in their tails. You don’t have to fill the box with these variants, but create a few flashy versions of reliable flies to try out next spring. You may just find a magic combo for trout, panfish and other species on your top fly rod waters!
FLASH! Replace trebles on jerkbaits and crankbaits with dressed trebles in confidence colors on your favorite waters. Trade in the plain-shanked options for those dressed with krystal flash, died squirrel hair or other materials and give them a shot when the open water season returns. Dress up some ice jigs too with a little hackle and flash if you just can’t wait!
FLICKER! Find some new spinner blades to try out on your standard fare for walleye trolling, whether it’s a single hook rig or a crawler harness. Smileys, hatchets, propellers or other niche blades provide a unique look to the normal offering and in pressured waters can give you the edge of those pulling the standard spinner behind their bottom bouncers.