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Troutman
02-12-2007, 12:45 PM
This is a subject I don't think anyone has discussed before and I wasn't sure where to post it.
This has been a long cold winter and hopefully Spring's warmer temps will come early this year.
I definitely have the fever. CABIN FEVER that is! I haven't been able to go fishing very much this winter. I planned on going to the S.Holston and Watauga several times during Jan. and Feb. but things change, work, etc. To compensate for it, I have been tying flies and reorganizing the gear several times. I went up to LRO twice to watch the tying demos. (thanks LRO) I rig up the flyrods and practice casting on the lawn. My neighbors think I'm crazy, Even ask If their biting sometimes. They don't understand this addiction. I know some of you can probably relate though.
What are you doing to prepare for the upcoming Spring fishing ? What about the other problems that plague most of us over 35? I'm talking about flycasting related like sore hands from gripping the flyrod handle all day. I know several guides that have developed tendonitis in their forearms from repetitive rowing and casting. Remember how sore your shoulders and low back can be after casting all day while hunched over concentrating on the drifts.
A hot shower, and a good meal followed by an Ibuprofen definitely helps, but here are a few other things to do also.
1: Strengthen your grip; Exercise your hand muscles and fingers with a stress ball or therapy putty.
2: Stretch out your shoulder and back muscles before you head into the stream. Especially after driving for long periods.
3: Drink lots of water to prevent dehydrating and muscle cramping.
4: Forearm tendonitis can be relieved by wearing a tennis elbow brace that compresses the upper forearm tendons.
5: A wide wader belt or lower Lumbar support brace helps with a stressed back.
Lastly, RELAX, take time to sit down and watch the water. Listen to it. Not only does it usually lower your stress level, but may give you an idea whats hatching on the stream.
Anyone else have any suggestions? No OLD man jokes please!

gverholek
02-12-2007, 09:22 PM
Somehow I managed to contract tendonitis in my right knee. Depending on the size of the boulders and the slippery nature of the rocks, this could be really painful. I fished the South Holston, the Middle Prong Little River and the Clinch. It hurts! I finally listened to my wife and wore a wrap, similar to a wrap for tennis elbow, and it really helped. It's tough getting old (er).

Gary

Vern
02-12-2007, 10:45 PM
I have suffered from a broken foot since March 2006. It healed then I broke it again in November 06. Same foot same bone Doctors can't explain why it keeps breaking. I used to enjoy solo backcountry fishing, but now i will be taking someone with me at all times. In september i hiked in about 4 miles by myself. Now I am afraid that the foot will break again, not a fun hike back:mad: Physcial therapy helps a lot, which goes to show there better shape you are in the safer you will be. The cold water sure makes it feel good after a long hike.

buckeyetrouter
02-14-2007, 04:06 PM
I have arthritis in my hands and a long day on the water can be a challange. To this point i have only used Tylenol Arthritis strength to a bit of success, but any other suggestions would be appriciated....Any Old Time remedies would be welcomed.......

buckeyetrouter

geerona
02-14-2007, 06:45 PM
Vern,

I have a friend who has broken the same bone in his foot 3 times. His doctor told him that once a bone in the foot has been broken it tends to happen again (and again in my friends case). I don't know if the Doc explained why or not.

My problem is the knees. After having one knee replaced fishing has become far more comfortable. I had the other "scoped" a couple months later and I am really glad I did. Of course there is not real cure for cabin fever except getting out of the cabin!

Grumpy
02-15-2007, 11:03 AM
I almost went 2 weeks w/o fishing, sick one of those.
Sometimes ya just gotta be irresponsible & do what makes YOU happy.

Grumpy

geerona
02-15-2007, 11:57 AM
Grumpy,

I was able to fish the "hard water" twice last weekend but it's just not the same as standing in a stream pounding those pools and runs with the long stick! I've got that Indiana strain of cabin fever that was hightened this Tuesday with almost 17" of snow.

Regards, gary <*))))><

Grumpy
02-15-2007, 12:04 PM
Grumpy,

I was able to fish the "hard water" twice last weekend but it's just not the same as standing in a stream pounding those pools and runs with the long stick! I've got that Indiana strain of cabin fever that was hightened this Tuesday with almost 17" of snow.

Regards, gary <*))))><

Road Trip

Grumpy

geerona
02-15-2007, 12:46 PM
I'm reading the fishing report on a daily basis and just waiting for the mountain streams to begin warming up, and the first hatches to begin. If it's at all possible I'll be there for a few days.

Regards, gary <*))))><

Troutman
02-15-2007, 02:02 PM
gverholek, You may want to see a Physical therapist or Physical Med. MD for strength training exercises on your knees. You can also wear a hinged neoprene knee brace if you have problems with hyperextensions
It will give you warm compression and added stability.

Buckeyetrouter, The old remedy for arthritis in hands, elbows, knees and feet requiring no medications is the use of hot paraffin wax therapy. You dip into a bath of wax and let it dry and then peel it off.

As far as the Cabin fever goes, I hope to get out this weekend. I am saving my irresponsible days for when the weather is warmer and the days are longer!

Sage
02-15-2007, 02:17 PM
I forget to stretch my hand out while fishing. I'll cast for hours having never given my hand a rest, so I need to me more careful about this. Also, I am a FIRM BELIEVER in BC Powder. If you've played a lot of sports and labored hard during life, I don't think there is anything that will make you feel young again, but there are some good ideas here on this thread. Glucosamine condroiten helps with the joints, but it takes several weeks to start feeling any relief. Sometimes I wonder what happened to DMSO. Don't know what was in it, but boy it sure worked. Probably why people my age and older are starting to develop so many wierd cancers and such.

BuckeyeRick
02-15-2007, 02:39 PM
After a morning of landing Smallie after Smallie in Canada, my buddy and I developed "geezer fishing" - I think some of you call it trolling.

I go on a 3-day fishing trip every spring. Last year I spent an entire day casting my 8wt with big bass bugs. That night my hand swelled up to 3x its size. The next morning, I taped it up and fished for 5 more hours. Besides arthritis in the hand and shoulder, I also have something called Radial Tunnel Syndrome, so I am able to achieve a pain that will not allow me to lift a fish with the rod. I have pretty much taken care of all of these problems with exercise and Alleve.
Exercise one - stretch out one arm with your hand bent down and pull on it with the other for 30 second intervals. Do this 3x for each arm.
Exercise 2 - using a weight (it can be a can of soup) put your arm over an edge with your palm down. Lift each wrist 20x.
Exercise 3 - Hang a 1 pound weight about 4 feet from a 1" piece of dowel. Using both hands and holding your arms straight out, wind it up and wind it down. Do this 5 to 10x.

Add any shoulder, arm, or hand exercises you like. I have found the more I exercise, the less pain I end up with - and yeah, I HATE exercising. Only the thought of pain-free fishing keeps me going.

Kingstonian
02-15-2007, 07:44 PM
I have arthritis in my hands and a long day on the water can be a challange. To this point i have only used Tylenol Arthritis strength to a bit of success, but any other suggestions would be appriciated....Any Old Time remedies would be welcomed.......

buckeyetrouter


When I have flareups in my hand or elbow, I start taking Aleve every day. It isn't so much a pain killer as an anti-inflammatory, and taking it for several days can reduce the pain for me.

For tendonitis, Aleve is good, but ice packs are better.

I guess we can look at this thread and see who the older posters are.

Grumpy
02-16-2007, 08:47 AM
Yep, after a couple of bone transplants in my earlier years, back & neck surgeries, motorcyle wrecks & construction work most of my life, i feel the pain, sure beats the alternative though.

Grumpy

MTN_TRT
02-16-2007, 09:35 AM
As I read this thread I kinda started to laugh. I started ff w/ my grandfather. Sometimes he would quit early b/c his wrist would hurt or something like that (but no matter how early he knocked off, I never could out-fish him) I always would give him a hard time about being like that. As I read yalls posts it kinda gave me the same feeling. I never thought there were so many old guys on this board! Im just kidding- Im reading the reccomendations for ff health and takin it to heart. Cuz I know one day Ill be the same way....:rolleyes:

Troutman
02-16-2007, 11:10 AM
MTN TRT,
I was kind of hesitant to even write about FF related health problems. I am surprised by the number of replies. I'm in a health related business and I see patients every day from teenagers to mature adults needing pain relief from years of hard work or sports related injuries. When your in your teens and early twenties, you feel indestructable.
I'm 40 and still feel that way, but after hiking and fishing hard all day, I'm reminded that its important to take care of ourselves and enjoy life.
I can't think of a better way than spending time in God's country casting a fly!

Gerry Romer
02-16-2007, 02:08 PM
As I read this thread I kinda started to laugh. I started ff w/ my grandfather. Sometimes he would quit early b/c his wrist would hurt or something like that (but no matter how early he knocked off, I never could out-fish him) I always would give him a hard time about being like that. As I read yalls posts it kinda gave me the same feeling. I never thought there were so many old guys on this board! Im just kidding- Im reading the reccomendations for ff health and takin it to heart. Cuz I know one day Ill be the same way....:rolleyes:

Kinda misleading when there are so many "senior members" here that aren't senior!

Gerry