Here they come, college students, skiers, ice fishermen, and snowmobilers. People will fill the north. Many resort cottages will be open for the Christmas holidays. Decorations everywhere. Those desolate days of early December surrender to city sidewalks dressed in holiday cheer. Where do I hide?
I will admit the season can be enjoyable, but it's the winter solstice on December 21 at approximately 5:11 PM that I look forward to. Even though colder temperatures are still to come, a little more sun light is welcome.
Can it only be 90 days to some hatches; possible? The fact is the temperatures will be brutal for the next couple of weeks. The ski resorts are fine, the small lakes will have safe ice by later this week. Most winter activities are experiencing perfect conditions. The last week thaw is over and the snows are daily.
The dedicated fly fish angler is up against the toughest odds of the year. (White Tail rifle season is over and the deer did well, hunting was down.) With most secondary roads still open due to the last warm rain, you can still get to most streams with the family car and favorite fly rod. I'm not up for an eight hour fish but if I can eek out one more afternoon trip to a stream before the holiday rush, I will be happy...how about you?
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.