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Old 01-14-2016, 10:28 AM
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Default How cold does it get in the Midwest?

This cold...

"Trout jumped and froze to wall in -22 degrees in decorah, IA 2014." by yyott in pics - Imgur
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Default Re: How cold does it get in the Midwest?

This would seem impossible to me if I hadn't tried to operate the next door neighbor's brass door knocker with my lips when I was about five years old. That may have been the day I learned how painful stupidity can be.
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I don't put my lips on anybody's brass knockers, even in the summer!

Seriously, I fished a week ago Saturday, January 2, and in the morning it was so cold (How cold was it, Johnny?) that my line - not my guides, the actual fly line and leader - had a solid coating of ice right down to the fly, which looked like a midge popsicle. That's too cold for me to fish. Curiously enough, I felt toasty warm. I just couldn't get the line out until it warmed up to about 20 degrees.
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Default Re: How cold does it get in the Midwest?

That's a cool picture, just not sure I believe it. The standing water in the pool beneath the fish is completely ice free.

*edit: disregard, I now see that the water is warm from fog coming off the ponds in the background.
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Default Re: How cold does it get in the Midwest?

Flash frozen fish stick!

It sure felt about that cold the past few days here in the Chicago area. Then today it is 40*. They are saying it will be back to zero by Sunday.
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Default Re: How cold does it get in the Midwest?

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Seriously, I fished a week ago Saturday, January 2, and in the morning it was so cold (How cold was it, Johnny?) that my line - not my guides, the actual fly line and leader - had a solid coating of ice right down to the fly, which looked like a midge popsicle. That's too cold for me to fish. Curiously enough, I felt toasty warm. I just couldn't get the line out until it warmed up to about 20 degrees.
Mmm..... When it gets that cold in the UK (to be fair I live in the south, the good folks in Scotland probably tough it out more)..... I put my feet up, close the front door, light a nice fire and watch YouTube of others fishing somewhere warm
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Flash frozen fish stick!

It sure felt about that cold the past few days here in the Chicago area. Then today it is 40*. They are saying it will be back to zero by Sunday.
Sunday outlook here in SW WI is high of -4! Today feels like summer.
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Default Re: How cold does it get in the Midwest?

Its 40 here at night and I freeze my butt off. I dont know how you guys do it
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Forcasters are predicting 25 below this weekend for this part (westcentral) of Minnesota. We actually had late ice this year though. I usuall have my (fish) house on the lake by December 5 or 10 and still don't have it on. Although there is plenty of ice now. I usually like to have 7" - 9 " to pull my house out with my four-wheeler.
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Default Re: How cold does it get in the Midwest?

Weekends like the upcoming one have couch sitting or fly tying written all over it. If temps get into the mid-20's in the winter months, I may venture to a local stream. Picking ice out of your guides gets old after a while.

I actually dress light and wear a wicking layer. If you're trudging through snow along the banks, it doesn't take long to get warmed up....that, and a flask in your vest help .
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