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DIY Ice flies

Post By: i2fly      Posted: 10/12/2019 11:03:24 PM     Points: 2010    
I saw this glow flash at the store. The glow properties or this material makes me think ice flies. I see what you guys buy. Rat Finks, atomic ants and such are easy to similarly make. Easy ties. Here is a glow chironomid that I bet will work thru the ice. All you need is imagination and strong hooks. This is Not a great photo what do you guys think of the idea?

I2
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 10/12/2019 11:22:30 PM     Points: 30143    
Hook a meal worm on it... thatís the secret sauce...
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 10/13/2019 7:22:16 AM     Points: 56317    
Looks good. The only problem is that I have found with flies through the ice is the don't have any weight so it's hard to get them to sink without adding split shot. Problem with the split shot is the fish hit the split shot.
Vmc makes a fly with a small Tungsten head. They work with but the Tungsten makes them expensive.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 10/13/2019 7:58:50 AM     Points: 3357    
I dont ice fish them but
When my shop ties my flies I have them add weight to the hook before wrapping the glow material around.
It works great
 Reply by: waterlike      Posted: 10/13/2019 10:25:49 AM     Points: 0    
I wish I knew how to tie flies. I use these 95% of the time for trout during ice season. They work great and the tungsten gets them down quick
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 10/13/2019 11:29:24 AM     Points: 5235    
Waterlike I like the looks of the first brown colored one not too sure about the others but you never know.
 Reply by: waterlike      Posted: 10/13/2019 12:14:36 PM     Points: 0    
i fish a lake with a lot of scuds in it and the pink one seems to work very well with a quarter piece of mealworm sometimes. But I've had success on most of the colors they provide in different situations
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 10/13/2019 5:26:25 PM     Points: 56317    
Thoes are the ones I use and pink is best.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 10/13/2019 6:18:58 PM     Points: 30143    
Tungsten bead for the head and some wraps of lead around the hook make them sink great!
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 10/13/2019 8:22:51 PM     Points: 2010    
The fly above was the first one I made like this. Iím not ever gona drop it thru a 10Ē hole. But on a slip indicator at 20í it could just give me an edge at that depth ... or not! Itís a experimental fly. But then I thought of you ice guys. And how many of you buy luminous baits for ice fishing. Some of you got to tie too. But if I donít tie youíll never know how satisfying it is to do something unique and have it fish lights out. I have several ideas like horizontal jigs and minnows using glow materials. However I donít ice fish. As suggested here is the glow chironomid with a tungsten bead.
What you make and how is made is up to the individual. Itís more about designing your own ice bugs. Just food for thought.
I2

 Reply by: Wacokid57      Posted: 10/14/2019 10:08:26 AM     Points: 11    
waterlike and Goosehunter82, what size do you use? These look awesome!
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 10/14/2019 10:19:57 AM     Points: 56317    
I believe they come in 2 or 3 different sizes. I have all the colors in all the sizes. I generally start with the middle size and go from there. The smallest ones work well for salmon in pink.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 10/15/2019 7:36:25 PM     Points: 193    
My girlfriend likes to tie and we messed around with some ideas last winter. Nothing crazy successful, but it was fun to mess around with. We had good success with just tipping them with wax worms and sinking them up in the higher altitude/ more shallow lakes for cutthroats. This was some lake up by Saint Maryís.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 10/16/2019 7:16:08 AM     Points: 2010    
Trailer Itís fun to catch them on your own creations. Ice jigs are easy to make. If you can wind material and thread around a hook you can do it.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 10/16/2019 7:36:26 AM     Points: 193    
Yeah I think we will try a few more this year. Getting them heavy enough is the hard part but itís doable. We also made some flashier wedding band patterns like all the tackle shops sell, which did well at Antero. I think anything pink works well in that lake. But it is satisfying and definitely cheaper than buying a whole box of ice jigs. Especially since you donít really need any extra materials for ice jigs. Same old stuff for tying nymphs.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 12/4/2019 8:18:18 AM     Points: 193    
A few more experiments. Will test em out this weekend.
 Reply by: swede1      Posted: 12/4/2019 9:56:44 AM     Points: 59    
Last year I was trying different jigs and I put on a black woolly budder with a split shot at the eyelet tipped with a piece of mealworm. I have not done better than else. The northerns even loved them also. This year I had a friend make some up for me in jigs. I will try them soon.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 12/4/2019 1:45:05 PM     Points: 2010    
I did this yesterday itís glow pink for the body. I used 3 strands of pink glow flashaboo . Iím pretty confident this will work
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 12/4/2019 6:11:17 PM     Points: 193    
I-2 that looks awesome. Hopefully testing mine Logan tied for me sat am at Antero. I will let you know how they do.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 12/4/2019 7:22:09 PM     Points: 2010    
I fished the pink silicone jig with AWB at 11 mile. It did well when the water was soft. Iíve also caught them at Spinney on it. Except pike loved it and I couldnít keep them off. So I switched it out. But yes pink is effective. I both soft and hard water.
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 12/4/2019 8:09:19 PM     Points: 44316    
Good looking stuff i2fly! I am a big fan of flies through the ice. Mostly chironomids but I carry my "leftover" nymphs, San Juan worms and scuds in my ice boxes too. They're usually a bit roughed up. My first time on ice was at City Park in Fort Collins and all I had was flies, but it's only 6-7 ft deep max and sinking them wasn't an issue, just took a bit of patience. No bait. Now I've got a full set of ice gear but I'll often still tie a dropper rig setup, with flies above a jig, especially when targeting trout.

Thanks for sharing!

Matt
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 12/4/2019 8:25:45 PM     Points: 1927    
The original post could represent a Caddis larvae also.
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: 12/5/2019 8:07:41 AM     Points: 3664    
I'm with I2 and Goose. I've had great success with flies through the ice, esp those vmc tungsten ones. I experimented 2 years ago and tried trying my own in that style. The vmc hooks have a 90į angle at the hook eye, I found heating the hook to make the bend before tying the fly was the key. They've worked well so far! Vmc has a new bullfly pattern out this season too, head glows orange, body glows green. Perty cool.
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 12/5/2019 8:19:44 PM     Points: 399    
Strangebow, that jig looks like a winner! Without googling, where you get those? -A
 Reply by: team FMFO      Posted: 12/5/2019 8:39:14 PM     Points: 3829    
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 12/5/2019 9:04:19 PM     Points: 56317    
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I think I found them on eBay but your orange looks a lot brighter. Do you ha e a upc or model number on thoes?
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: 12/6/2019 8:21:44 AM     Points: 3664    
They work too, already tested! Bass Pro had a lot in stock before Thanksgiving. I usually order my VMC from fishUSA, they have the best variety I think. [log in for link]
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 12/7/2019 7:22:11 AM     Points: 2010    
Store bought jigs and flies are not the point. I look at those and think they are easy to make. Goose biot for the tail and wings, glow flashaboo for the body a jig hook and a bead. Everything but the bead I have on hand. I can improvise even that. My thoughts are be creative. Have fun with your our stuff..!
DIY
I2
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 12/7/2019 8:24:32 AM     Points: 1927    
If you tie your own make sure to use strong hooks. Don't want to lose that big one on a straightened hook!
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 12/7/2019 2:28:06 PM     Points: 56317    
Scheels has about every color but.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 12/9/2019 10:06:04 PM     Points: 2010    
Still playing with them ice bugs...! To me itís a good pass time and fun.. Pink glow flashaboo and pink UV Ice dub with a thick Solarez shell back. With UV and glow pink powder added. Then I finished with red holographic eyes. Final coated with Solarez Bone dry. Will it fish?
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 12/10/2019 6:02:56 PM     Points: 6766    
Iíve tried using midge, chironomid flies thru the ice with very little luck.
Iíve had quite good success with these ďfliesĒ though, usually tipped with waxies. The small ones are 1/64th oz., and large ones are 1/16 oz.
My friends call them the Schweitzerís Ice. Other colors work as well, but white is the standard.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 12/14/2019 2:21:13 PM     Points: 193    
So last weekend at Antero no luck on the new ones, but today at evergreen the little stickers loved them tipped with wax worms.

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