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Old 11-17-2008, 09:52 AM
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I was supposed to be fishing up on a Georgian Bay trib today -- friend of mine wanted to head back up there and try to hook some steelies we mised last week -- weather report sounded OK (only calling for snow flurries in morning and light rain this afternoon but temperatures were warmer so unlikely guides would freeze up so readily) -- arrangements made last minute and left open-ended as to what weather might be -- but my friend is crazier than I am when it comes to fishing -- he's a roadie with a rock band -- but lives to fly fish -- tries to get out as much as he can while on the road with band; relieves the "stress" from the rock and roll lifestyle -- has fished throughout USA and all over Canada -- his recent tour through Ontario included stopover in Toronto -- last Monday he went up to Primrose Trout Farm near Shelburne for a few hours of fly fishing (return trip from the week before when I went along) -- just so he could get a rod in his hands for a bit of trout fishing -- then Tuesday he "dragged" me up to Meaford with him (OK OK he didn't exactly "drag" me "screaming and kicking" out fishing) -- we fished through the day with snow flurries and occasional sun -- hooked onto a couple steelies -- then he drove back to north of Toronto where I live -- and after dropping me off at home, he drove to Bowmanville so he could fish a Lake Ontario trib before having to be in downtown TO for a gig at the Horseshoe (he made the decision to go to Bowmanville after asking my opinion on where "close" to Toronto could he fish?!?!?) -- the next day the band headed off to Ottawa for a gig Friday -- he stayed over in Bowmanville Wednesday night fished all day Thursday and drove to Ottawa Friday -- on Wednesday he'd seen some nice fish in the Lake Ontario trib but couldn't get one on (threw everything but the kitchen sink at them) -- Thursday he was luckier as he hooked and landed a 30+ inch steelie (guess he finally got his "revenge") -- after playing in Ottawa the weekend the band had another gig in GTA -- my friend drove back to Bowmanville Sunday and hooked a nice fish that afternoon -- so late last night he calls me up (knowing I rarely refuse an "excuse" to go fishing) and we made plans to get back up to Meaford today -- any way, I get all my gear sorted out and wait for his call this morning -- in fact all my stuff is at the door ready to go -- no call, but I figure he's on his way -- time passes and just before 11 am. my buddy calls -- I figure he might have slept in (tiring business being on the road with a rock band) -- turns out he had got up really early for "one last-minute" go at hooking into some more fish in the Lake Ontario trib -- and he had got onto some really nice fish -- any way, he apologizes for not picking me up -- must admit he did try to say he'd slept in at first until he realized he was calling me from the river and I might be able to hear the distinct sound of water -- then he admitted he'd gone out to try his luck one more time and had "lost" himself in a moment of great fishing -- he added "I hope you understand I'm sorry -- but I think I'll stay down here though -- the fishing is great!!!!" -- funny thing is I do understand (and probably would have done the same thing) -- just wish I could join him -- part of the beauty of being without a vehicle these days is having to "rely" on others -- still I really don't "blame" him for leaving me "high and dry" -- I mean the fish are on

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Old 11-17-2008, 10:40 AM
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Fishing is like football, game's on unless there's lightning! I too get some weird responses when I jump in the river in January or February and stand for hours in 30-something degree water. The one huge benefit is what you stated about the fair-weather anglers. When it's that crummy and cold, only the die-hards come out and opens up the once crowded hot spots. That's great you caught some Steel in the muddy waters! I have no luck in conditions that bad but like you said, still no place I wanna be, fish or no fish. When co-workers or friends bug me and ask what is wrong with me and that I have to be crazy to do this I just ask...Did you ever hook into a 30 inch trout with 4-6 pound tippet? That sums it up. Quiets the masses. It doesn't matter what the weather is doing or how hot or cold it is but we die-hards already know that.

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Old 11-17-2008, 05:18 PM
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I went out there when it was it was like 0 degrees out with -10 wind chill. I didn't catch anything but did get some icy guides but I still went! lol. my waders were froze up to my knees and my sucker spawn became a sucker spawnscicle. oh well gotta love it!
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:48 AM
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Well, went back up to Meaford yesterday -- woke up to snow at home and flurries -- drive up Hwy. 400 ten minutes from home and sky was sunny -- like that all the way through Barrie to Wasaga Beach -- you could see dark clouds full of snow as you approached Wasaga Beach -- snow flurries through Wasaga Beach to Collingwood -- then no snow, clear roads -- then snow from Thornbury to Meaford -- get to river and snow stops -- head up river under sunny skies -- start fishing and snow flurries start -- then 20 minutes later sun; like this off and on all afternoon -- water level had drastically dropped since Sunday -- lots of like-minded "crazed" anglers on water even some other fly fishers (even one well known guide taking his first day in months to fish for himself) -- hooked into three good steelies -- biggest problem was keeping guides free of ice usually after 5 or 6 casts -- but great day on water -- weird to see bright sunny period then overcast and then heavy snow flurries -- and it was fun watching two whitewater kayakers appear seemingly out of nowhere bounce down through the river -- lucky they didn't get caught in somebody's backcast (like mine) -- and they call us "crazy"

P.S. -- drive home was "interesting" too -- left in snow flurries and snow-covered roads to Collingwood -- then clear through Stayner -- more snow and slippery roads to Edenvale -- then suddenly clear road rest of way home
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I fish all year long. What would I do if I didn't?

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Old 11-19-2008, 01:43 PM
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I fish all year long. What would I do if I didn't?

You can only eat so many donuts.
You're so right on both counts!!!!
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We had a trip on the Toccoa River last saturday, air temp was 28 degree's with the water temp being 43 degree's and ice dangling from the snake guides...... we did put 6 Browns in the net and 2 Bows! Overcast conditions and no sun for the day........ tough conditions..... using heat poppers helped alot, we fished from 8am till 2pm and then decided we had enough!Thank God noyone got wet.... We'll post some updated photo's in the galary! Tight lines!
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Were iced over at the moment and the rivers are mostly closed but as soon as the ice begins to break up out will come the pike fly gear.

You cant catch if you dont wet a line.

Mabee we all do have a screw loose but is angling the cause or the cure?
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:12 AM
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The cause AND the cure!!!!!
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The only time I will come off of the river is when there is ice on my felt soles, (makes for some interesting antics when on big rocks on the side of the river). I'm not too wild about ice in the guides either. Other than that, I'm fish'n.
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