I felt it was appropriate to discuss some cold weather issues I have discovered in regards to fly fishing.
- *Leaders/tippet become more stiff and prone to break if you use knots that do not disperse the tension equally. (Keep the spools concealed and warm in the winter while on the water)
- *Leaving the fly rod in a car or in the cold overnight will make the fly line super stiff
- *Need to clean and apply vinyl refresh every trip to promote fluid mechanics in your set up.
- *Fly rod guides like to freeze up (I put Vaseline on them to thwart this from happening. Tried it with some lip balm once on a trip and it worked great).
- *I like to pre-tie tippet to small/delicate flies and place them in sandwich bags or a leader wallet for days that my fingers are not cooperating.
- Always have a nice warm towel and spare change of clothes in the car.
**Now, the scientific properties of water in cold conditions are very intriguing and consist of enough to create a whole new discussion. Water temperature from 40 degrees to 33 degrees has a black and white affect on how fish act. Water becomes more dense and then less dense.
Please share your tips and experiences!