2015: The spring that never sprung

After being in Ohio for a short time, it was a rude awakening to find a foot of snow still hanging around here when I returned. True sportsmen will work around any issue to get outdoors, while the not-so-die-hard will just whine about the adverse conditions.

Over the years, I have learned to go with the flow when it comes to weather. There is no way to change it, so learning to deal with it is your best choice. With trout season opening yesterday, I'm sure there were some cold and wet fishermen out there. Some of which likely learned their lesson on staying dry and warm by taking the plunge. The way you prepare for any outing will likely affect your comfort and success rate. For this reason, I recommend being over prepared rather than under prepared. The gear you choose and how you intend to use it will surely have some bearing on your trip. Having some inside info never hurts, either. Sometimes it's the most simple of tricks that can put fish in the frying pan and save the day.



Ice fishing seems more appealing to me with the snow lingering, but the trout don't care. They love cold, highly oxygenated water, and actually seem to bite just fine in it. It's us that have to adapt to the less-than-favorable conditions. Lucky for us, the snow in most areas is crusted over, which allows you to walk on top of it, rather than have to trudge or use snow shoes. This will grant access to most streams, but also creates some possible dangerous scenarios. We all have seen undercut ledges of ice and snow, and the overhanging shelf can resemble a dunking booth at times. If you aren't aware of its presence, one misplaced step can collapse the ledge into the water. A dunking in nearly freezing water can easily ruin your day, and even threaten your life if unprepared. To prevent a dunking and hypothermia, I use a couple different techniques.


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