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Spring Experiment

Rick Zieger
By Richard Zieger, Iowa

I have been tying some to fill my cache for fishing next season. I have been able to get out a few times this winter on open water and found that I had to fish very slowly, almost stopped, to catch any fish.

Looking through a catalogue that came in I came onto some hooks that have a 90 degree bend in them. I know these are to make jigs, but I had a wild idea. (Many folks say that all of my ideas are wild).

I ordered some and I am going to tie some flies on them. My thought is that these flies will hang perpendicular in the water and not at an angle. I am fairly sure that many of my flies hang at an angle when I am trying to keep them stationary or near stationary. I thought with a strike indicator and by varying leader length I could set the flies at any depth and then leave them stationary.

The water is very cold just after the ice goes off. From all my reading, all the authors talk about fishing very slowly in cold water. I know that I fish slower in the early spring and late fall than I do during the summer. So I am going to try these hooks to see if they will improve my success rate any in the early part of the year.

I am going to tie most of the patterns that I use during the summer and fall time to catch fish. I am going to tie all of them without any weight, except those that have bead chain eyes. I want the fish to be able to suck the fly in without any resistance. Since most of the ponds I fish in are not over about twelve feet deep at the deepest part I think that I will be able to fish the deepest parts with a long leader. Also, in this part of the country we almost always have some wind. My thought is that the wind will move the fly a little, not only across the pond but up and down with the slight wave action. This is the way I have seen minnows behave while they are suspending in the spring.

I ordered hooks is size 6, 8, and 10. I have had better luck with larger size hooks in the early apart of the year. The new fry have not shown up yet so everything is from the previous year.

I am not sure how these will work but the idea was worth a shot. If you have any thoughts or experience with this please let me know.

Hope you can get out on the water. ~ Rick ziegeria@grm.net

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