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  1. #31
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    Jul 2012
    Strathroy, Ontario, Canada

    Default Re: opening day strategy

    Quote Originally Posted by dewbar View Post
    Just curious how you approach the first day of fishing season. April first in maine usually still has some snow melting, the water is high and not much bug activity. Where to fish? lakes,ponds,rivers,brooks? What patterns would you use.
    Fishing here (Southern Ontario/Great Lakes/Lake Huron) doesn't really have off seasons....we have closed areas where-by the upper tribs are closed...but the lakes and bigger rivers remain we also have ice seasons. Basically, if you can find open water in the lakeshore or big rivers, flies are flying.

    Swung by one of my locations lines the shore for the most part...but there are openings. AND not many ice flows drifting downstream from the lake proper.

    Last year at this time at this location, i had landed 25 steels i am ansy to get out NOW....dang ice.

    I'm a nympher (czech and indicator) predominately though not above two-handing streamers from my switch rod now and then. In my locations, float and bait fishers run long drifts so nymphing 25' wedges (my casting radius/area) is all I need to frustrate the baiters and hook 'another' steel in front of them.

    Good luck on the opening.

    King Joe, Outa Here!

  2. #32

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    Year round fishing here in Reno the Truckee is fishable all year, though a little tough when the flows get high. Opening day for me is when I can get through a thin layer of ice at one of the nearby lakes. Usually only a few of us nuts enough to put a float tube in the water right at iceout, and the ramps are not in yet for the boats so the lake is pretty much ours

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  3. #33
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada

    Default Re: opening day strategy

    Opening day for brook trout in my region is near the end of the month of April. There are no other trout in my region.

    Usually, the lakes are still frozen. Fishing for the brook trout in the small streams is rarely any good because the trout usually live in the nearby lakes and move into the streams in the fall to spawn. Only very small brook trout stay in the small streams. The best fishing is through the ice on the lakes.....if the ice is thick enough.

    There are a few rivers where the fishing is decent but the brook trout are in the deepest part of the rivers. One place I fish....the trout are in about 40 to 50 feet of water. However, the landlocked salmon are in the faster shallower water.

    Streams are ok for small brook trout up to 12 or 14 inches until the fall of the year. However, the fishing season ends way before the best time to fish the streams.

  4. #34
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada

    Default Re: opening day strategy

    Opening morning get up and fish, go to work, lunch break go fishing and go home after work and fish.
    John L.

    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" Lee Wulff

    “Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.” – Herbert Hoover

  5. #35
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Basque Country

    Default Re: opening day strategy

    This is my first fishing video with Gopro.

    Small brown, but condition here are tough. (Hight cold water)

    [ame=]First trout of season - YouTube[/ame]

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  7. #36

    Default Re: opening day strategy

    Thank goodness here on the South Holston River in East Tennessee there is no opening day. It is open 12 months a year.
    When I lived in NC , I would ride around and look at people's catches.

  8. #37
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border

    Default Re: opening day strategy

    If things don't turn around soon, my opening day strategy is going to involve an ice auger with the extension on it.

    No actually it got up over 40° today and it's the third day that it got above freezing. Yipee, there's hope of Spring ...... maybe.

  9. #38

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    All the rivers by me are in decent shape for opening day but I think my earlier prediction of snow will come true . It could be 50* the day before but it never seems to fail to snow or sleet on opening day, at least over my head.

  10. #39
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Southern NH

    Default Re: opening day strategy

    Opening day around here (NH) was January 1. You can guess what the weather was like then.

    I went fishing around the 3rd week in January. The temp was supposed to be upper 30's. Instead we had 32-33 degrees and light drizzle.

    Everything quickly had a coat of ice about 1/8" thick.

    Walking on a flat surface was almost impossible. You were much better off wading in the stream.

  11. #40

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    I fish year round up here, but the king salmon season on the Southern Kenai peninsula streams starts at midnight on the Friday

    of Memorial Day weekend. What A zoo! We get a flood of people from Anchorage and the Matsu Valley coming down to go

    fishing and drinking. As much as I like fishing the Anchor River when the condition's are prime I don't mind when it's high for

    the opener;I've seen quite a few fist fight's, had some real "fun" argument's, not to mention people flinging hardware

    at you, fish on or not. I have been waiting until first light as the nasties are all passed out drunk and the fish tend to turn on the

    bite. After Memorial day weekend things quiet down considerably.
    “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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