Monday, November 06, 2006

Early winter?

Temperature has been rather cold (about -10 ºC or +14 ºF) last week and it doesn’t seem to get much better this week. We are talking about temperature range that doesn’t inspire me to go fishing. I could fish if temperature would be just above +0 ºC. Don’t really like it when the guides freeze.

But there is hope. Generally speaking it could get much warmer, or at least it should. The weather has been a real bugger to predict lately. I mean we had cold and long spring, hot and dry summer, mild fall and the beginning of winter looks very harsh.

6 comments:

Trout Underground said...

I'm lucky - in the Upper Sacramento River canyon I've only seen iced guides a half-dozen times. It's cold, but the farther downcanyon you run, the warmer it gets.

Fishing in Idaho was a different matter. There I've fished in 10-degree temperatures (-12C) and icing was immediate and annoying.

All I cold really do was shortline nymph, a bitter fate... 8-)

The Mad Fishicist said...

Here's a trick: try bringing a thermos full of hot tea or coffee and use it to thaw your guides. Also good to drink and warm your hands.

Trout Underground said...

In the snowing, windy 10-degree weather I fished in Idaho, a better idea would be to pour the boiling hot coffee down the front of my waders, and the hell with the guides...

The Mad Fishicist said...

it also helps to know there's a mug of hot port waiting indoors. coffee down the waders is only a temporary fix, but a warm buzz lasts for hours.

opax said...

Winter fly fishing sure is better in California than in Alaska or Finland. TMF and I better stay indoors near the fireplace (sipping hot rum or something) while Tom can cast a BWO-cripple pattern for winter trout…

Trout Underground said...

You are correct. Just cold enough to get snow and bring on the BWOs (and to make you feel all manly), but it's rare that the line will actually freeze in the guides.

What's odd is the utter lack of good winter midge hatches on the Upper Sacramento.