Lack of winter ice fishing leads to a new fishing activity…
It’s funny how unplanned things can lead to other things. Early in the winter I was eagerly anticipating the coming cold weather with thoughts of getting onto the ice for some great fishing. As the winter went on, it became apparent that thick ice (what I would consider safe) was not coming to Western New York. I even had the opportunity on week ago to get out and do some some kayak fishing with Kevin because a lake that normally has a foot of ice by this time of the year was completely open water.
I wasn’t about to let the lack of ice stop me from some type of fishing-related activity this winter, so after I made a long-overdue upgrade in my prescription eye wear, I set about doing something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time, and began tying flies. I’m still very much a novice, but I’m quite proud of my progress. As it turns out, I really enjoy tying flies!
With the help of some Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Christmas gift cards that were burning a hole in my pocket, I’m amassing a nice assortment of fly tying tools and materials. This afternoon with help from my son who has been tying flies for the past two years, I even re-purposed a stainless steel medical roll card to be a fly tying bench.
Most of what I have tied over the last week is intended for bass fishing. I can’t wait for things to warm up a bit so I can try ‘em out!