Ted, you just hit a source of sore debate that we are having around here. On one hand, I like not having to blow out my long country driveway and its easier to get around and not deal with drifts, but on the other hand we are so incredibly dry here that the lack of precipitation is concerning plus I have snowmobiles and I would like to get them out as well. I just cant decide how to feel.
Our water isn't really iced over, but its not open either, so my fly tying kit is getting the most attention right now.
Good luck on your adventures.