Re: opening day strategy
Opening day around here (NH) was January 1. You can guess what the weather was like then.
I went fishing around the 3rd week in January. The temp was supposed to be upper 30's. Instead we had 32-33 degrees and light drizzle.
Everything quickly had a coat of ice about 1/8" thick.
Walking on a flat surface was almost impossible. You were much better off wading in the stream.