North Dakota Fly Fishing

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gillgetter
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North Dakota Fly Fishing

Who does it? Where do you go? What do you fish for? Are there any area clubs or fly tying clubs?

Personly, I've been flyfishing since I was 9, and have caught(in ND) everything from catfish to trout to pike to perch on the good old fly rod. Keep in mind I'm no purist, and am just as avid of a conventional fisher. I am interested in getting to know a few of you local fly fiher/tyers to exchanging ideas, patterns, locations and tactics.
My mission this summer is to catch a walleye on the fly.

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Checkout some of the streamer patterns from dave whitlock. He's got some of the best immitators out there. Everything from bugs and crayfish to frogs and minnows. I'm pretty sure he has enough new ideas out there to keep you busy tying for the rest of the spring

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Here is a club .. and if you know about it already, sorry!

http://www.mvffclub.com/

My old Algebra and drivers ed teacher from high school in Minot is a member ...

mc

... huh?

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The best place for eyes on a fly rod is in the tailrace at night. get something that immitates a floating smelt and let it drift along the rocks.

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I am a member of the Missouri Valley Fly Fishers Club, www.mvffclub.com, we have meetings in Bismarck. There is also a club in Minot, The Dakota Fly fishers, http://min.midco.net/dffclub/www/

I go to a few area lakes, Nelson, McDowell Dam, Fish Creek to name a few.

People in the club fish for almost every species, if not every species, in ND with a flyrod.

If you want more info email me: geweaselin@yahoo.com or go to the webpage of the mvff and click on the contacts.

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Fire Angel did you make it to McDowell Dam last hear? I heard some bad things about that lake the last few years, like a possible die off. How did you do? Or have you heard anything about this?

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Gillgetter,
Shoot me an email @ mvffclub@aol.com, I think I can get you in touch with some more info.

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Do you guys know of any club in the Fargo area? I have not fly fished in awhile, I would love to get back into it.

 

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Last summer my brother who lives an Montana and is an avid fly fisherman brought his gear to Devils Lake for a long weekend. He was casting with fly gear where we were pitching cranks and caught 2 big white bass. He was hoping for an eye and a pike or 2, but had a blast with those Whities. He couldnt stand during that same time I was hammering the Eyes and Whities so he switched to a crank on a normal rod. It was great to see the fight on light fly gear.

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Boondocks

I did fish Mcdowell last year. It was a blast. The 2 times that I was out there, I was catching bluegills with just about every other cast. I also landed a really nice largemouth. I didn't keep any of the fish because, by the time I stated catching some bigger ones, I was about to leave. The problem w/ McDowell is that there is an aquatic nuisance species. I contacted the Game & Fish, they said that they were trying to devise the best way to deal with it.

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gillgetter,
you might look at patterns off the kaufmanns streamborn inc. I have used some of the bigger shad patterns and some variations of leaches last year on the Sak with some success. Its typical lake fishing with flies slow and deep. Late in july I did pick up more over the weed beds. A couple of pike came to the yak as well. I like the flats off the deep water early and about an hour after sundown.

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If I were trying to fish for walleyes with a fly I'd fish Devils Lake. There's higher concentration of shallow fish all day long. You'll also get lots of white bass and pike.

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Gilgetter - 

The Sheyenne River is a great place to fish the flyrod, even for walleye, as we have a large population of 10-12 inchers (last year) that seemingly eat anything that bumps in front of them.  I landed a few of the small guys on egg-sucking mohair leeches, clousers and woolly buggers last spring.  

The real treat is the smallmouth (as long as Jiffy doesn't eat them all).  Try clousers from 4 to 1/0 in chart/white, orange/white and brown/orange or mohair leeches, woolly buggers, woolly grubbers, bunny-strip-streamers, matukas and muddler minnows in smallie sizes (8 to 2).  A type III sinking line is good during the mid-day hours, as the fish stay active and opportunistic, but a floating line will work in some cases too...but best in the early morning or evening for shallower fish in May and June.

Then it gets really fun.  The white bass are taking over the bullhead population in Lake Ashtabula, and we're on the up end of the cycle there.  So haul your boat or float-tube out to the lake and nail the schooling whites on weed edges, rock shores and points from about 7:30 til dark.  It is a hoot.  Smae thing, clousers, muddlers, buggers, big nymphs like the Montana or big dries like a stimulator or sofa pillow would be good too when they're smashing surface. 

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Last spring watch a couple of guys catching some nice bluegills while fly fishing at Lake metigoshe.

gillgetter
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Nick,
What park of the sheyanne(s/p) are you catching these smallies? I'm in Grand Forks, but used to fish the sheyanne by Fargo a few years back.

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So thats the problem with mcdowell! Thanks fire angel.

 

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I used to work out at McDowell Dam during the summer of '04. Haven't been out there since, but when I was there they had a really bad curly-leaf problem. I rented out canoes and paddleboats to peaple so I would sit out on the dock and watch the stuff grow. It completely takes over in the matter of a couple of weeks. Apperantly the G&F used to come out with a boat and drag a rake across the bottom in the shallower areas. People began showing a lot less interest as the water levels began to go down so the park district, G&F, and Water Resource Dept. stopped putting much time and effort into it. There's bean a lot of talk over the last couple years about ditching the pond all together. If interested fisherman want to keep it alive and well, be sure to express some interest to the Bis park district and G&F. Book a picnic shelter out there sometime this summer, call them with questions, etc.

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I have no clue about fly fishing but does anyone go after the trout in the tail race?

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Fly fishing in North Dakota should be great due to the abundance and variety of flies most of which are very willing biters.They don't however make very impressive mounts and are poor table fare.I guess the grand slam would be common house fly,deer fly,shoofly and jumbo house fly .

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Well I finally did it. And off all places the Red river. I was fly casting for goldeyes after work on wednessday. After 4 goldeyes, a fith fish hit and two my suprise it was 14" walleye (not a sauger either). #4 white zonker variant with a rattle did the trick. I 'll have to tie a few more of them.