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50 minutes ago, Seth said:

If I didn’t have to constantly deal with ice in my guides, I wouldn’t have a problem fishing in the teens and 20s. I fished Friday and the ice in my gyides was driving me crazy.

You can "jerk-strip" a streamer in sub-zero temps.  The constant rod whipping keeps the guides clear.

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If you're wading, just keep the guides in the water while making the drift and retrieve.  water is always above  freezing.  I can't imagine a reason to be in a boat when it's cold.

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19 hours ago, Seth said:

If I didn’t have to constantly deal with ice in my guides, I wouldn’t have a problem fishing in the teens and 20s. I fished Friday and the ice in my gyides was driving me crazy.

Ice in the guides is a bugger.  Fished one morning a couple years ago when it was 5 degrees.  My fly line kept freezing and sticking in the guides while I was trying to get fish in.  I would have to back into the bank to land the fish.  Some people say to use Pam nonstick spray. 

Anyways, the frozen guides weren't as big of a problem as my frozen hands.  I only made it an hour.  I was catching fish too.  Guess I've found my temperature limit.   

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18 hours ago, tjm said:

If you're wading, just keep the guides in the water while making the drift and retrieve.  water is always above  freezing.  I can't imagine a reason to be in a boat when it's cold.

I'd rather be in a boat than stuck on the bank regardless of the temperatures. Fished plenty of times when it didn't break the freezing mark. Dress warm and wear a Save Phace, motorcycle helmet paintball mask or good set of ski goggles to block the wind while running and you're golden. Best day I have ever had on Taneycomo was during a shad kill is January 2016 when the temperatures never broke the freezing mark. When the fishing is that good, you don't even realize how cold it is.

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17 minutes ago, CLoyd said:

Ice in the guides is a bugger.  Fished one morning a couple years ago when it was 5 degrees.  My fly line kept freezing and sticking in the guides while I was trying to get fish in.  I would have to back into the bank to land the fish.  Some people say to use Pam nonstick spray. 

Anyways, the frozen guides weren't as big of a problem as my frozen hands.  I only made it an hour.  I was catching fish too.  Guess I've found my temperature limit.   

flyrodice.jpg

My hands usually start hurting after catching a few fish when it's that cold. One thing I started doing this year that helps a lot is to wear nitrile or latex surgical gloves. They keep your hands dry, which makes a HUGE difference in how long you can hold out when it's cold. You can even stick a little hand warmer between the back side of your hand and the glove to help keep them warm.

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