Though it was -9C when I got in the truck this morning, I know that we are almost halfway through March and ice-off is not all too far away. Laying eyes on an ice-free interior lake you’ve been dreaming of since December is one of the best feelings in the world for an obsessed angler.
This tutorial covers one of my favourite ice-off patterns. This fly has proven effective for over five seasons now in the early windows of spring stillwater as well as late fall and even mid-summer lake fishing. The cranberry holographic Flashabou is (in my opinion) what makes this pattern. It is dulled a little bit by the red scud backing but I believe that is a good thing. A subtle amount of sparkle from the holo flash mixed with the true hemoglobin colour that the red scud backing brings is a deadly combination.