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William Schlafer  
#21 Posted : Thursday, November 21, 2019 3:43:54 PM(UTC)
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I got my start with a fly rod fishing for Bluegills on the banks of small ponds casting poppers. Pound for pound, the hardest fighting fish to be found, and great fun on the long rod. Plus, Bluegills are found nearly everywhere and just about always are biting when other species aren't.

Damned tasty too!


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#22 Posted : Thursday, November 21, 2019 5:04:56 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: William Schlafer Go to Quoted Post
I got my start with a fly rod fishing for Bluegills on the banks of small ponds casting poppers. Pound for pound, the hardest fighting fish to be found, and great fun on the long rod. Plus, Bluegills are found nearly everywhere and just about always are biting when other species aren't.

Damned tasty too!


-Bill



I've thought about going after them in the summer with my Tenkara, which is a 3wt equivalent.

There's always some other fishing that I'd rather do though and part of me wants my first fish on that rod to be a trout.

Have had it for two years now and still haven't caught anything with it. Laugh


As far as the fight of bluegills... I've caught some slabs and on my ultra light ice rig they don't really impress with the fight.

I'm guessing they'd be more fun on that whippy Tenkara.



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#23 Posted : Saturday, November 23, 2019 3:05:39 AM(UTC)
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Was able to get out again after work today and the ice has firmed back up nicely.

There is open water further out and At dusk heard a boat plowing through the ice chunks out there on its way home. Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... BANG!! Rrrrrrrr... BANG! BANG! Rrrrrrrrrrrrr.... Laugh

Good amount of fish biting and I probably caught 20 again but this day it was mostly little ones.


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A guy there with a fish finder said the big ones were coming up to the bait and just looking at it and not biting and he was having to really work them to get a strike.

I obviously couldn’t see my targets but brought home 7 average-good ones.

Was the last one on the ice...


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Very peaceful to be the last one.

Good outing.



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#24 Posted : Saturday, November 23, 2019 3:09:08 AM(UTC)
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Oh yeah and stopped by Orvis on way home to grab a few white bead head nymphs and they said those were the first trout flies sold in over a month.

Seemed surprised when I told them they were for ice fishing and also very surprised there was ice anywhere.
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#25 Posted : Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:12:57 PM(UTC)
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You don’t have a flasher!? Dude they are such a help I highly recommend them.
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#26 Posted : Monday, November 25, 2019 4:50:42 AM(UTC)
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You don’t have a flasher!? Dude they are such a help I highly recommend them.



Not in the budget.

Also - I really only ice fish a bit in the fall and only for gills in shallow water and only to get some for the fryer.

If I ever graduate to walleye or deeper water crappies, I’ll give it some thought for sure.


Got out today and the fish were active from the get go. Problem was they were all small. Got over 20 by 10:00 and not one worth keeping.

Was on the fence to go home and maybe come back for the end of the day but then got a couple keepers. The bite was best from 10:30-11:30 and I stayed till 1:30.

Caught around 50 and kept 12-15. Let a few marginal ones go that I wasn’t desperate enough to keep.

This beast was my final fish of the day in the last hole I dropped into....


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I’ve been Chicken Little thinking frequently that the ice was gonna melt out, but this time I think it’s coming for sure. Tons of snaps crackles and pops out there today and the entire sheet had standing water on it by the time i left today.

I’m good and have a bunch packed and stacked and will be nice to have a second round of new ice.




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#27 Posted : Monday, November 25, 2019 7:43:15 PM(UTC)
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I hear ya, but used ones aren’t terrible price wise. I absolutely wouldn’t fish without one now that I’ve been using them for so long.

You could probably get a used Fl-8SE for like $150. They’re worth it
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