Frequently Asked Questions
How heavy are your tungsten ice flies?
As a general rule, a #10/4.6mm tungsten fly is about 1/30 oz, #12/4mm is about 1/40 oz and #14/3mm is about 1/50 oz.
How can I compare ice fly sizes?
Check out this link showing the #10, #12 and #14 Bloodworm side-by-side with a dime: Fly size comparison
What type of ice rod pairs best with Liam's Lures ice flies?
For best results in 'working' a fly and detecting bites, we recommend a very sensitive noodle rod. Alternatively, you could use a slightly stiffer rod with a wire or spring bite indicator. Either option allows you to detect very subtle bites and 'up bites' that are so common with jigging through the ice.
What line is best to use with tungsten flies?
You can use almost any line you would regularly use when ice fishing. We recommend 1-2 lb test monofilament or fluorocarbon. Sometimes using 3 lb entices more bites due to a slightly slower fall rate. We recommend using line no larger than 3 lb for best results.
What if I want to be more efficient in deep water with a slow-sinking fly?
There are two possible solutions:
1. Drop shot rig: Where it is legal to fish two lures on one line, you can tie on a fly 2-4" above a larger, heavier lure. The heavier lure will help you get down quickly and the tiny fly will seal the deal. If you can only use one lure per line, just use a sinker at the bottom in lieu of the larger jig on bottom.
2. Use the fly as a spoon dropper: Remove the treble hook from a spoon, and tie a 2-3" dropper line to the split ring with a fly at the end. The spoon will do a great job of getting down quickly and attracting fish. Once they get in close, the fish will usually focus on the fly.
More questions and answers to come..