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COTD - Winter Fly Fishing In Naperville

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DuPage Angler Flies His Way to

Winter Time Gills



DuPage Angler Newsroom - Naperville, IL

With the beautiful weather yesterday I got out for my first open-water fishing of 2012. I decided to break out the fly rod and hit a small retention pond a few minutes from my house. I tied on a tiny chartreuse nymph under a tiny foam strike indicator and started fishing.




It started off really slow, with only a few bluegill landed in the first hour, until I came across a downed tree in 2-3 feet of water. After I started fishing along that tree, the gills and sunnies were biting on almost every single cast. They weren't very big, but what they lacked in size they made up for in numbers. I stopped counting after 50. I also caught a couple of crappie. Unfortunately after a couple hours the ice shifted and moved over the area I was fishing and that was the end of my fish catching.



I went back tonight and I caught a dozen gills before I could no longer take the cold. The guides on my fly rod were freezing and it was no where near as easy as yesterday but I still had a good time. All in all it was a great way to kick off the 2012 fishing season.




Lure: Pink tiny chartreuse nymph

Location: Naperville, IL

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Posted: 01 Aug 2013 20:17 by Dalyteft #9658
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Avid fly fisherman,have found many ponds in Naperville that have both smallest and large mouth, couple good spots in the Dupage on south end of town.
Curious as to how many are true blue flyers
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 23:34 by mwolf #7388
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I did! Except it was in Missouri... and it was for trout... I might have to break out the fly rod when I go fishing tomorrow.
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 22:38 by Marty Rogers #7380
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It seems like yesterday that MWolf went flyfishing in February. I wonder if he tried it this year?
Posted: 09 Feb 2012 06:14 by Darkstar72 #1109
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Congrats on the COTD, MWolf!

A great write up to be sure and great catching!!
Posted: 08 Feb 2012 21:44 by Nanook #1102
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It's crazy but we could have one heck of a fishing season this summer if there is plenty of food to go around (baitfish and other critters).
Posted: 08 Feb 2012 21:39 by possumbelly #1101
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Wow I never heard of fly fishing in February in Illinois. Nice