Things you learn about cold….

Two mornings in a row, my truck has honked it’s horn when starting….
That has never happened before…
Temps are into that deep cold (-18 F), where metal breaks, and a piece of firewood may not split.
Squeaky snow isn’t an unusual event right now, and padlocks are just blocks of ice.
When venturing out to grab a piece of firewood at midnight, I felt a jolt of fear as the door closed behind me.
It wouldn’t be wise to get locked out in your underwear.

As far as fishing goes….
Lots of shore ice..
A fair amount of anchor ice as well….
Difficult at times to get a good drift, with all the free-floating icebergs.
Don’t forget your Stanley’s anti-ice paste, and those rubber-soled wading boots, instead of felt soles.
Picture glam rockers high-lift soles with the snow build up.

But, one can catch fish….
Midges, midges, midges……
Perhaps a golden stone in a darkish medium size.
Take care to not fall in….
Good idea not to fish alone very far from the car.
A few pullouts have appeared, and trails blazed…
Bring snowshoes if you plan to explore more water.
I’ve been wearing three layers midday, and a shell over that.
Bring spare clothes and backup gloves…
As I say this time of year….Be safe/have fun, and try to do both at the same time.
Person-up, you can do it….

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Full time fly fishing guide on the Truckee River and other California state waters. Smaller stream techniques as well as switch rod instruction. 40 years experience fly fishing. Catch and release only.
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