Good morning. Make the coffee hot, it makes it easier to look out at the snow covered countryside. Soon the snow will linger and the Lake Michigan moisture or lake effect snows will be upon us. It is early but mother nature makes her own schedule. Soon the logging trails will be closed to all traffic. Fly fishing opportunities will shrink even smaller. Dedication, nymphs, and streamers are the rule. Patience is a virtue. The weatherman is predicting on and off snow, no warm days. The sun has abandoned us.
There are dirt roads marked "Seasonal Roads" that will become impassable. I have, over the years, sought out year 'round roads with access to the rivers; few are far between. Water levels are dangerously high. The trails can be dangerously slippery. Freezing temperatures add to your adventure. Medical advisers tell me that frostbite is possible even if it is above 32 F. All things considered you must plan your fly fishing trips carefully.
The forecast shows some lows in the teens that will continue into next week. You must stay warm and dry. If you should accept natures cold and wintery challenge, always prepare for the worst. Take extra dry clothes, some hand warmers...and hot chocolate, a real riverside luxury.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.