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  1. #1
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    Default Why I'm not fishing

    It's a good time to toss a log in the stove and wrap some tinsel, feathers and fur unto a hook.

    This is what one of my favorite little rivers looks like these days. So when you notice that I seem to be posting to every thread remember these photos.

    Humor me here and tell me what your fishing for and maybe even post a picture or two like GMF did of the fall colors. It's been awhile since the leaves dropped here but we had a very colorful fall season this year.


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    Hi Ard,

    With all those lakes around you how about some ice fishing. We use to catch Grayling on Mirror lake during the winter.

    Frank

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    I'm not sure I could handle Alaska. Although the summer fishing might make up for it.

    The part of Colorado I live in is called the banana belt. Pretty mild winters. The Arkansas River is still wide open right now, and some of the smaller streams too.

    The problem is, I have to use (ugh) nymphs.

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    Hi Oldman,

    I live in Anchorage for 3 years and the coldest we had was -20. Not too bad compared to Fairbanks. The Wasila area where Hardyreels lives has better weather than Anchorage. I also lived in Fairbanks for 12 years and the coldest we ever had at the house was -65. Most of the Winter was around -40. My wife hated to put on her parka and boots just to check the mail. If my job had taken me to Anchorage we would still be there.

    When my mother made her first trip to Fairbanks we told her we would pick her up with the dog sled. We were kidding but she was expecting it.

    Frank

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    I start complaining when it hits 20 degrees here. I don't like to wear gloves fishing, and I lose the strength in my hands at 20 degrees. When I can't cut a 5x tippet anymore. It's time to go back to the Jeep and warm up.

    -40 degrees? Not this old man.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Why I'm not fishing

    Hi Frank,

    For the past few years we are much colder than the Anchorage Bowl but that can be very dependant on exactly where you are at. Temps can vary by as much as 5 to 10 degrees in a matter of ten miles. They often get more snow than we do but we are getting colder here at the house. I spend the winters at our bush camp out the trail past Skwentna and I am very familiar with -40* weather. Winter time is when I work on the place.

    Ice fishing never appealed to me. I guess if I had been into it early on I may enjoy it but I am a fly fisherman. I just love to tie my flies and cast them. There is more than enough fish in the freezer to last until May so I probably wont even think about it. Just work on the place out at the lake, write, and wait for spring.

    Ard

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    Hardyreels

    For what its worth, its 18 degrees here in Laramie, WY today and snowing. The forecast high is for 27 degrees. Not much in the way of fishing here either except for tailwaters!

    I lived in Fairbanks for 16 years and loved it! Mighty cold in the winter but the hunting and fishing in the summer and fall made up for it. I sure miss the outdoors in Alaska!

    Larry

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    The wife and I are complianing now taht the temps are getting into the mid 20's at night and upper 30's for highs a little most days are still 45-55. Untill the knee doc put me outa orrder for the next three months I dont guess I'll get much fishing in anyway lol. Untill then we have been cathing bow's and nice browns on the LLR and bass and striper hybrids on the lake.
    Good fishin
    Bear

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    Those are pretty pictures you took. It looks really cold and I am sorry, you can't fish it right now. I live in eastern Nebraska. It is 25 degrees and wind blowing at a good speed. Mostly lakes around where I live and they are all froze over. Probably not thick enough for ice fishing yet.

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    Default Re: Why I'm not fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    Hi Frank,

    For the past few years we are much colder than the Anchorage Bowl but that can be very dependant on exactly where you are at. Temps can vary by as much as 5 to 10 degrees in a matter of ten miles. They often get more snow than we do but we are getting colder here at the house. I spend the winters at our bush camp out the trail past Skwentna and I am very familiar with -40* weather. Winter time is when I work on the place.

    Ice fishing never appealed to me. I guess if I had been into it early on I may enjoy it but I am a fly fisherman. I just love to tie my flies and cast them. There is more than enough fish in the freezer to last until May so I probably wont even think about it. Just work on the place out at the lake, write, and wait for spring.

    Ard
    Hi Ard,

    I have driven many times from Fairbanks to Anchorage and there was always less snow at Wasila. I remember Skwentna well. We use to fly to the air port a lot. It was a good drop point when moose hunting up the Yentna.

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