1-29-05 - Southern Ice Clave II
Waters Fished: Lake Como
Fish Caught: 1
Outing Date: 1-29-05
Air Temp: upper 30's
Water Temp: Frozen - 14" of ice
Water Level: Normal
Water Color: Murky as always, visibility less than 12"
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, White/Yellow Bass
Pattern Fished: frozen smelt on tip ups and various flies and jigs
Pattern Color: chartruese was the only to produce
Fishing Quality: The soup was better.
After last year's "Ice
Clave South", I was all excited to do it again. In preparation,
I prepared 4 gallons of Red Hat's Smackdown
Soup. Included was a spicy batch, modified MP style with 2 tablespoons
of Frank's Hot Sauce and substituting some of the water with a 2nd
beer. It was by far the best batch!
I woke up early...last year taught me a lesson
about sleeping in. For some reason I don't think anyone arrived
before 11:00 AM, SDH being the first one there. Sean and I were
content to trade rod building tips while awaiting the arrival of
Lunchtime came around and everyone started showing
up. Gumbo, Spin, MJ and Follensbee rounded out our group; soup was
ready go to with hot rolls! FAT called - no dice on he and the heathen's
showing up - trust me, from the way he sounded we wouldn't have
even let him in the door!
After lunch we headed out to the ice. Time to fish!
Jerry, the consumate ice angler of the group, was fully prepared
with the only auger to arrive (we'd've been lost without ya Jerry)!
Jerry and I got busy rigging tip ups, MJ and Ken got busy jiggin.
Bob decided that maybe he would come out for a while, and Sean soon
found himself out on the ice.
The action was poor, and there was no excuse for
it either! We tried and tried; I had rigged up my jigging rod with
a small chartreuse jig tipped with a fake grup - Sean took over
for Matt and managed to bring a white (or yellow) bass up. FYI,
the WDNR confirms it to be a Yellow Bass; more importantly they
suspect they've been around all along, but something has changed
in the lake that's allowing their population to increase, thus we're
catching them more than before (which was none before, I've only
seen reports of them being caught in the last year). Matt also had
Meanwhile, we're watching tip ups and our neighbors
have a couple flags. A GOOD bass makes it up through the ice...later
they bring a northern up and no sooner than it's out, it's back
in the lake. Groans of disappointment were heard coming from the
east as the angler rolled onto his back in defeat.
As the afternoon turned into dusk, the temperatures
dropped. Jim K. had stopped by along with Leanne and Kenny...sadly
Kenny wasn't doing so well and they left before most of us had even
made it inside to see them! All I can say is that you guys were
missed and Leanne, the food was EXCELLENT. There wasn't a single
piece of bananna bread or meatballs left!
After dark, it was time for dinner, more smackdown
soup. We all made our way out to the workshop where Sean took a
crack at turning his first grip on a lathe. It came out really nice
We decided to end our evening with more fly tying,
eating and general fishermen BSing. We brought out FlyTrap Ron's
2004 Ice Clave box which houses flies from last year's tying sessions,
including a stunning inverted dry by Travis Anderson. In what could
start as a new tradition, flies were added by the folks who tied
this year. Matt and Jerry also spent some time casting my recently
completed 5pc. 4wt Forecast, #35. Jerry owns #15, the same rod and
I remember giving him a lot of friendly ribbing as he hogged #35
from Matt (who was considering a purchase/barter of the rod). Jerry
just kept on saying how much he liked #15..heck he probably sold
Matt on the rod for me! All in all, I'm glad to see this rod go
As folks slowly headed home, it was decided that
a 2nd course of dinner was in order - about an hour later I arrived
at the door with the best pizza you can buy; the "Garbage"
Pizza from the Next Door Pub in Lake Geneva. We never did figure
out what happened to Chromeseeker, Jacek and a couple other folks....you
guys were missed but we had a great time just the same!
Late, Late that night around 3:30 AM, as we all
slept and dreamed of spring pond trout in the morning, a picture
fell from the wall, shattering the silence. Glass was everywhere...such
an odd occurance. I can say, writing now over a week later, that
it was a print of Norman Rockwell's "A
Family Tree". I found out later in the week that one of
my favorite uncles had passed away....still don't know exactly when.