I am always amazed at the endless variety of ways different cultures catch fish across the globe. In part I believe I enjoy fishing because it allows me to have some commonality with people across the world. Recently I was able to to acquire a couple gyeonji rods. These unique fishing rods have been used on the Korean peninsula for centuries to fish in rivers and thru the ice. Having lived in Korea for a while I've always been interested in this counties culture and was curious to try out this style of fishing.
I rigged a couple of these rods with tungsten jigs and headed up to Summit Lake on the Colville Indian Reservation. The road in was treacherously icy and I had to slog through deep snow until I got the lake but I was well rewarded. I found plenty of action which provided a lot of opportunity to learn how to hook, fight, and land fish on these rods. I had a lot of fun, caught some gorgeous Brook Trout, and enjoyed quiet solitude on a beautiful winter day.
Ice was 16-18" thick with most fish caught in 4-10' of water on small orange tungsten jigs tipped with maggots. Bring your snowshoes if you plan on fishing this lake!