Cold As Ice

We’re now coming to the time of the year when ice becomes a serious consideration, impacting when, where and how we fish.

Yesterday was the first time this year that I’ve had to deal with it. There have been a few recent leaf catching encounters, but on this trip to a local small stream my line snagged and stuck to a sheet of ice. I carefully reeled and untangled the leader and fly.

Leaves encased by ice

Leaves encased by ice

Needless to say, this was a short trip. Some of the runs were partially covered by thin translucent sheets. And while the fishing slows, the stream takes on a peaceful appearance, allowing my thoughts to wander to the possibilities of spring.

Ice forming on a small run

Ice forming on a small run

Here’s to passing the Winter’s Solstice and looking forward to the longer and warmer days of 2014. Enjoy!

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  1. Be a good ice dodger on the streams this winter. Merry Christmas to you and family!
    walt´s last blog post ..The Angler, Cast in Wood

  2. Wishing you and the family a great 2014! Let’s get some time on the river together.

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