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Old 12-19-2007, 09:01 PM
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Question If you brave the Cold ???

If you brave the cold waters that winter brings how
long do you typically stay out ?

Do you fish (wade) for a while, get out for a few minutes,
then get back in the water ?

Do you stay out all day ?

Is there a temperature that you will not go out & step
into your favorite river ?

I believe that the coldest temp I have ever went out after
trout was 0 to 5 degrees. ( that was the air temp, the water
was 34 degrees ) Guides would ice up pretty quickly.

How about you ?

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Old 12-19-2007, 09:55 PM
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Default Re: If you brave the Cold ???

I have fished in sub 30 degrees before and in snow.
I try to avoid very windy days...just shortens the time on th water. I will wade the majority of the time...moving pretty regularly around the river to keep the blood flowing in the legs.

Nearby is a Stanley Thermos with hot coffee to warm me up after I get out of the river. A couple of hours is about all I can usually fish due to other commitments. Winter is a busy time for me with the family.
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:06 AM
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When i do go fish in the cold, i try to have enough layers to be as warm as possible, and keep moving so my feet don't go numb. Ice in guides sure gets old, so I'll tend to swing streamers deep and slow so there's not as much opportunity for the guides to get wet/iced.

Keeping the head and neck warm REALLY adds to overall comfort. I recommend a fleece layer with a high neck or a neck gaiter, and a windproof fleece hat. If its really cold out, pulling the hood of a good jacket up sure helps also.
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Default Re: If you brave the Cold ???

I had one trip in the White Mountains that had snow on the ground and ice on the edges of the lakes. I was able to fish from my tube for 4 hours before getting too cold. I had on my neoprenes, which I don't use too often, and a couple of layers. Thermals and sweats for the body. Wool socks really help keep the toes warm.

Keeping warm a few hours is not the issue. The real problem is ice on the guides. Is anyone aware of a product available to keep ice off the guides?

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Stanley's Ice Off Paste - Tested Review - Quest Outdoors

I have also fished with couple of folks who swear by Pam cooking spray.
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Default Re: If you brave the Cold ???

I used to fish the Crowsnest in S.W Alberta all year round.A little trick we used was to spray some WD40 on a old cloth and wipe the guides with it.In very cold Temps -10 to -15 it would keep them free of ice for a long time.
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Default Re: If you brave the Cold ???

For those who've given their comments, Thank you.

To the comment of using WD40 on the guides : What
kind of effect does that type pf preventative treatment
have on the fly line ? Are there products in the market
place (on the shelf at your friendly fly shop) for this
icing problem ? Could it basically be the same stuff, only
packaged differently ?

I've heard conflicting opinions on using that type of stuff
to prevent icing on the fly rod guides. Some say it will
damage the integrity of the fly line. Any opinions ?

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Default Re: If you brave the Cold ???

I have been using the stanleys paste by loon with no apparent issues. You can find it in most shops.
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Before open heart surgery 1 1/2 yrs. ago I could fish all day in temps about 18 to 25 degrees. After the surgery the summer was shot, so was the autumn and winter that year. I felt the cold like never before, (must have been the 47 lb. wt loss plus the meds.) This year has been different, I can fish wearing the same 3 layer fleece and polypropolene, neck gaiter, fleece hat and fleece gloves. I don.t last as long as I did before surgery, but get my licks in. I also keep on the move and don't linger too much in one spot. It's still great. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. Frank
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Default Re: If you brave the Cold ???

i've heard of using pam or chapstick also. but don't know if these will damage the line either? my cousin ordered the ice off. we will test it out and let ya kno if its good. I heard on another site that it works good for a hour or so then u gotta reapply it. sounds good to me tho. better than not fishing!!!
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