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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border

    Default Ice off, made it out.

    Well the ice has gone off the river. This is really early for here. I made it out on the river fishing. It was below freezing in the morning. It got up in the high 60's by afternoon. Started off dressed like Nannook of the North and end up like Tony Bahama. (Except for the neoprenes) I don't think the big Pike have started to run. It would be record early if they did. I did catch a bunch of little ones. The biggest was maybe 26 or 28 inches. I took the 15' Meiser. It was a blast. It felt good to get out and cast even if I didn't clobber 'em.

    They finally got around to scheduling my pre back surgery consultation for the 28th. I can tell already, they are going to screw up my Spring fishing. On the bright side, I have a bunch of rods I want to build. I should have the time to do that anyway.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Michigan's U.P.

    Default Re: Ice off, made it out.

    Any day out on the water is a good day.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Upstate NY (Albany Area)

    Default Re: Ice off, made it out.

    And best of luck with the surgery! I had L5/S1 disk removed in late '84 and wast trouble free until 2010. Twisted it bad in 2010 doing some ladder work (it's no wonder I was an rescue & engine guy all these years - can't stand ladder work!). Anyway, a couple of weeks of rest and a cortisone shot, and the back's been trouble free since....
    - Rick

    "A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and little passion." Chief Rick Lasky

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    south florida

    Default Re: Ice off, made it out.


    Sorry to hear about the back and good luck with the operation.

    I have been down for the last two weeks once more after injuring mine yet again trying to move something too heavy for me in a stupid manner. Now I am behind on work again with the busy season coming up quicker than normal.

    Trouble with "a man has to know his limitations" is that, at some point, that level starts dropping faster than his brain can keep up with (or even accept). Cheers, Jim

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Default Re: Ice off, made it out.

    Glad you had a good day on the water. Good luck with your surgery.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Pinedale, WY
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    Default Re: Ice off, made it out.

    Dan: Good to see you getting out and getting a line wet! Temps here in Longmont, Co are very warm also. The last couple of days it has been hitting 70 degrees. I took the 4 yr old grandson out yesterday for some smallmouth bass fishing and had a blast. Best of luck with the back surgery!

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    It is good to see that you are still able to make it out. I was wondering if your back would give you trouble casting or not.
    Yelps here gave been unseasonably warm too. Last weekend through most of this past week it was in the mid 80s. thank goodness the humidity has stayed somewhat low.
    If spring is this warm I hate to see what summers going to be like.

    It's not what I catch when I'm fishing, it's what I lose that matters to me...
    Good decisions come from experience...Experience comes from bad decisions...

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Pocono Lake , Pennsylvania

    Default Re: Ice off, made it out.

    All the best with the back Dan. Good to hear you got out. They always seem to setup these things at the best fishing times. Hopefully you will have a fast recovery and get out there.
    "I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
    "There's more B.S. in fly fishing then there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
    " It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra
    "Your not old,you've simply acquired a patina." Swirlchaser

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Buffalo/SRQ FL/Götebörg, Sweden
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    Nice to hear that fishing is returning for some of the more northern folks, and love the Nanook of the North reference. Good luck with the back surgery, hope you don't miss out on too much fishing!
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

  10. #10

    Default Re: Ice off, made it out.

    Nanook, just keep away from the yellow snow.
    After your surgery, don't jump the gun, just get well and heal up completly.
    Good luck bud.
    Life is not like a bowl of cherries. It's more like a jar of ghost peppers. What you eat today might burn your ass tomorrow...

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