Lack of winter ice fishing leads to a new fishing activity…

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Lack of ice fishing due to warm weather prompted my taking up a new fighing related activity - tying flies like this double bunny strip. I'm nowhere near a proficient fly tyer, but still hope they'll catch fish!

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!

A re-purposed stainless steel medical roll cart makes a great fly tying bench!

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!

About

I have been a dedicated freshwater kayak angler for the past nine years. I had fished off and on my whole life, but fishing from a kayak unleashed the beast. I earned my Ph.D. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University in 2002, and am an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at a large private university in Western New York. I helped to co-founder the Western New York Kayak Association, regularly blog for www.fishgator.com and am a MEMBER OF TEAM MALIBU KAYAKS pro-staff. I reside in the Finger Lakes with my wife and two children.

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