Thursday, February 18, 2016

Home Water, Post Blow Out

I went to my home water today for two main reasons. I wanted to see how the ice blow out effected it, and I wanted to practice my shortline nymphing with the 10 footer. It's a good thing those were my goals and that I wasn't expecting to catch anything, because this was the second time in my life that I got skunked on this stream. I honestly don't care, the conditions were pretty shitty. The first pool I fished was lined by stacked up shelf ice, which was calving like a glacier. Right when I got there a chunk the size of a car slid off the bank and made a tsunami that knocked more ice off the opposite bank. That was just awesome. It's also amazing to see where I ice ends up after a blow out. Today there were sheets in the saplings long the edges of the stream and a few that were thrown back into the woods, but last year with the month long super cold spell the blowup was REALLY impressive. I found a slabs of up to 400 lbs in the woods 200 feet from the stream with no apparent disturbance of the leaf litter. The trees, however, showed the damage: huge gashes and torn branches were frequents but some slabs had even pushed over the younger trees. Nature is just crazy.



8 comments:

  1. Nice photos. Nature is interesting all the time, every moment of every day. Being around water is a lift to the soul.
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

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  2. Amazing. I've never seen anything like you described. The pictures are great.

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    1. Thanks,
      It is uncommon during years with normal ice, but last year there was ridiculous thick shelf ice.

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  3. RM
    Gorgeous stream, I wouldn't care if I landed a trout either if I had a stream like that to fish here!! thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank,
      That's why it's my favorite stream!

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  4. Beautiful water , but ya did get a FLY wet 😊

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