Originally Posted by dean_mt
Now you guys will be getting the dangerous wind chills. I don't know how you do it there, that freaking wind all the time.
A good friend of mine grew up in Great Falls and always brings up the winter when he was in grade school (late '60s) and the temperature did not go above 0 for 30 days![COLOR="Silver"]
I have to admit, there are days when the cold drains the energy right out of me. Mostly, I get out the windstopper outerwear if I actually need to be out in it for a while. Otherwise, I just layer up and don't stay out in the windy stuff too long.
I used to tell people that in my years living up here that I'd never missed at least one day of fly fishing in any winter calendar month -- even if we had the real cold stuff, we'd get a chinook, everything would thaw, and I'd be out on the Missouri.
But a couple of years ago, I went a whole month of the temps staying too cold to fish. It got in my head pretty bad.
If it just gets up to 30 or so, I'll go fishing. I don't mind breaking off ice from my rod guides. (It is bad, however, if one accidently dips one's reel in the water.) A few times, I've fished in the low 30s with a howling wind. Silly me, I would look at the high for the day in the newspaper and drive to the river -- then the wind comes up. I don't turn around and go home, just layer up and put on the Exstream boot foots and go fishing. (But be careful if you wear breathable waders -- if you get up out of the river and the wind chill freezes the water on/in them, you can rip out seams, etc., from too much movement. Neoprenes are better in cold weather.)
My dad used to live in the SF bay area. He'd call up and complain that it was down to 38 degrees. I'd say, "dad, that's fishing weather!"
Luckily, today here in northcentral MT, we haven't had significant wind, just sub zero temps. The sun was out, and it didn't really feel that bad. (That's what living in a windy area will do to you