Ice-fishing Friday: Gord Pyzer’s 12 all-time greatest winter walleye tips

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With a Fastach clip, you can easily customize your lure

#11  ATTACH A FASTACH

If only I could have kept this tactic a secret. When Bernard Yong-Set first showed me his prototype Stringease Fastach clip years ago, I was excited for reasons he had never envisioned. He designed the clip as an alternative to using a snap to quickly change lures, and while it’s certainly good for that, I came up with another application that’s perfect for ice fishing.

First, I replace the treblehooks on my flash baits, spoons and Jigging Raps with Fastach clips. Then I run the shank of each treblehook through the centre of a clipped off minnow head so that the eye of the hook emerges between the minnow’s lips. Finally, I attach the baited trebles to the Fastach clips, making it impossible for walleye—or any other fish for that matter—to remove the minnow head without getting hooked.

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My friend Doug Stange, host of TV’s In-Fisherman, forced me to expose this trick while we were filming an episode of his show. Once the episode aired, you couldn’t buy a Fastach clip anywhere, they became in such high demand. To this day, this remains the single simplest lure alteration you can make to boost your wintertime walleye hook-ups.