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Old 12-13-2011, 09:28 AM
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My most memorable fly fishing experiences, without a doubt, were during winter: Beautiful scenery, solitude, the fish are less wary, and they go for the smallest flies I can tie!
One very effective fly here in CO: Deep Blue Poison Tung (Charlie's FlyBox - Colorado's Best FlyShop and online Fly Tying Tutorials) in size 22-24.

Keeping warm is difficult but the most annoying aspect of winter fishing for me is ICE.

My question: What product/tricks do you guys use to keep ice off of your line and your rod?
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:43 AM
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Dunking the rod in the water has usually done it for me, otherwise just breaking the ice off the guides myself, carefully. I've never tried any product, and would be interested in hearing if they actually work.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:11 AM
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I use a stick of Chapstick. I rub a bit on each guide. Vaseline also works, but being a petroleum pruduct I was worried it would affect the flyline.
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Black label chapstick. We hit the south fork of the snake on saturday and decieded to try it out vs my loon de-icer. they did about the same thing, and chapstick was $2.00, not $5.95. the temps were in the low 20's and we caught 11 fish, mostly rainbows, but a few cuttys.....all on the dry fly, the smaller the better!
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I discovered it this Fall by accident. I was fishing everynight and the temps got into the low 20's. I was having fairly serious icing problems. My line also was fairly dirty. Before I went fishing the next night I cleaned my line with a wet paper towel then treated it with STP Son of a Gun. My favorite line slick. The next night it got down to 21 degrees F. No ice on the guides.
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I discovered it this Fall by accident. I was fishing everynight and the temps got into the low 20's. I was having fairly serious icing problems. My line also was fairly dirty. Before I went fishing the next night I cleaned my line with a wet paper towel then treated it with STP Son of a Gun. My favorite line slick. The next night it got down to 21 degrees F. No ice on the guides.
Dan: That is a great tip, next time I'm planning a trip in the cold I will definitely keep that in mind. Thanks!

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Jk, unfortunately, when icing is a real issue for me, dunking the rod in water will ensure that once out of the water the ice built up will be worse than before....

Homer,
Black label chapstick is a great suggestion. Will definitely try! Thanks.


Dan,
How in hte world do you discover "by accident" that treating your fly fishing line with STP Son of a Gun alleviates icing on your line????
Anyway, is that a petroleum product that might harm your line?

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Try fishing with one length of line. It's the stripping wet line in that causes the ice build up.
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Jk, unfortunately, when icing is a real issue for me, dunking the rod in water will ensure that once out of the water the ice built up will be worse than before....

Homer,
Black label chapstick is a great suggestion. Will definitely try! Thanks.


Dan,
How in hte world do you discover "by accident" that treating your fly fishing line with STP Son of a Gun alleviates icing on your line????
Anyway, is that a petroleum product that might harm your line?
It's silicone based.
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