Winter Prep for New Season of Fishing
by: Ryan Wood 3/4/2012
Hi! Iím Ryan Wood and Iím very excited to be posting my first blog on Fishexplorer. Fishing is my passion, and I look forward to sharing this passion with many other youth and beginner fisherman. I want to thank Fishexplorer for giving me this opportunity. Thank you for reading and I look forward to your comments.
Springtime is finally approaching and the ice is starting to disappear from the local ponds and lakes so itís just about time to get out on the water and find some hungry bass. Right now is the hardest time of year for me because my preparation is done and now Iím just waiting on Mother Nature to cooperate. I usually spend my free time doing something related to fishing, so during winter, aside from ice fishing a couple of times, I have to get creative to keep from going stir crazy. This year I prepared for the 2012 fishing season by tying flies, pouring worms, and resorting all of my tackle.
In the past few months I have tied many flies for any species ranging from bluegill to pike. Iím really excited to use the new streamers I designed specifically for drop-shotting for bass and striper at Lake Powell. In my fly tying room, I have spent countless hours making up new fly patterns and trying new colors with old patterns. I have never really fly fished very much, so fly tying is just something I do to have fun and pass the time. One of my goals this year is to begin using some of the hundreds of flies that Iíve tied.
I started pouring my own soft plastics a little over a year ago and have been busy this winter trying out the new molds I got for Christmas and inventing new colors. My four-inch senko mold is my favorite mold because it makes perfectly round, very smooth worms. I have spent many hours in my garage pouring worms to make sure me and my dad are set for the season.
Recently I upgraded my tackle bag from a 3600 to 3700 size and have been sorting it and getting organized. I upgraded because I didnít have enough room in my old bag and, since I believe you can never have enough tackle, I knew I needed more space. I still canít fit all of my boxes in my new bag, so I have to pick the lure types I am going to use whenever I go fishing with my dad or go to a tournament.
Everyone is waiting to finally get out on the water and catch some fish after this long winter, and Iím ready to put all my preparation to work. Good luck to everyone in 2012.
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BiggieSmalls, CO 3/4/2012 8:44:55 PM
Good read young man! Welcome aboard. I remember when I was your age and had just started tying myself. It's a real rush to catch a fish on a fly that you have tied yourself.
The Bass are starting to get acitve, SLOWLY.
takeakidfishing, CO 3/4/2012 8:55:22 PM
Right on young man.Very well done
Rom12-2, CO 3/4/2012 9:49:29 PM
Love your passion. Great to see a youthful perspective!
Milehigh, CO 3/4/2012 10:11:19 PM
Great to have you here at Fish Explorer Ryan.
moosegoose, CO 3/4/2012 10:19:25 PM
Great to read your thoughts. I am excited to read more and see what you are up to. I am going to take a guess here, but after reading your bio and blog, you probably do not concern yourself with much playstation. Looks as though your priorities are straight and you can do what ever you want!!
ColoradoJoe, CO 3/5/2012 6:03:07 AM
I know what you are going through waiting for the waters to open up! Just wait until you have a boat to get ready along with all your other gear!
I for one am proud of where you are headed and proud to have been allowed to experience some fishing with you! Hey! I want, no... need, to see some of those Drop-Shot flies, buddy!
Coyute, CO 3/5/2012 10:37:06 AM
Ryan Wood (Fishin' Finatic), CO 3/5/2012 6:01:41 PM
Thanks for the welcome and by the way I made a post with pictures of some the flies I made.
Team Galaxy, CO 3/5/2012 7:17:28 PM
Welcome aboard Ryan! I know you are excited, and I'm excited for you. Keep up the good work and I'll see ya around.....Jim Strawbridge
Lloyd Tackitt, TX 3/6/2012 11:42:10 AM
You know Ryan - or you'll learn - that impatience with mother nature's slow change from winter to spring doesn't get any better as you get older. You just add more toys - and that gives you more to get ready, and that does help a tiny little bit.
bronc, CO 3/7/2012 11:01:35 AM
Welcome and good read. You are well ahead of where most including myself were or are at your age. Heck you are already ahead of me with pouring your own plastics and tying your own flies. I look forward to reading more of what you have to say.
bluecollarguy, CO 3/7/2012 11:11:31 AM
It's always tough sorting out tackle, especially if you're trying to keep a boat/shore setup going. I always include more than i need because i have this irrational fear you just never know when you might need that specific plastic in that certain color!