Over the weekend, it was just too cold.  It was a zero degrees for a high on Sunday, a few of the rivers froze shut, deer walked across the Manistee, and not many people went fishing.  On a great day of skiing on Monday, the trees were popping with a noise similar to the sound of a .22.  I don’t know if I’ve heard trees make that noise or not, but if I did, I don’t remember it.

A persistent snowstorm came in yesterday and with it some warmer weather and some trout were caught.  I hoped to make it out today, but tomorrow, and a high of twenty, will do.  Warmth is relative.

Kevin swung up this nice trout

This weekend the temperature is going to plummet again and we’re going to huddle down at the lodge, start a few fires, tie a few hundred flies, serve some warm food, ski a few miles, drill a few ice holes, and watch time go by.  It’ll be fun.  But as far as a fishing report, here is a cool link I saw today.  For all I know everyone has seen it already, but it got me thinking…

…that I wish that could happen here.  And maybe it can, and maybe it will.  The more I learn, the less I know, or however the saying goes.

More cold silliness

This weekend we will have a Free Fly Tying Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm.  Fire, coffee, chili…  Show up early and have a delicious breakfast at the restaurant.  We try to make the most of the winter, the good, the bad, and the cold.

Andy Girard’s this Saturday is full!  But next Saturday, February 2, Gates Guide Matt Verlac will be showing off a fly for winter (wedgehead), and a fly for summer (mousy mouse).  Here are the event details:  https://gateslodge.com/event/saturday-sessions-fly-tying-with-matt-verlac-february-2/