Walking the Dog and Toying with Tackle

The Kentucky woods are again draped in ice and snow. Unusual for this slice of the country. By early March we are usually seeing green and catching crappie.

Green remains hard to come by but crappie are already being caught, of course. Fishing is a year-round proposition here, although I doubt that many boats were on neighborhood lakes today. The half-inch of ice and 4-5 inch topping of snow that piled up overnight coupled with the 5 degree wind chill would have made boat launching treacherous and being on the water foolhardy.

So while the weather moderates I’ll toy with tackle; re-checking reels already cleaned and re-lined and tackle bags, boxes and vests that have been sorted, re-sorted and re-sorted again.

Thankfully, there’s plenty of work to do. A couple of stories and a book chapter need to be finished before trout next week and maybe a go at crappie Saturday if the weatherman hits his 50 degree prediction.

Until then, at least the retriever likes playing in the snow.  IMG_1699

Ice Apocalypse

Weather seems to be on the mind of most of the country: Mud slides in California; snow in Kansas City; ice in Kentucky.

Yesterday it was 50 degrees and cloudy. No wind. Good first day of March fishing conditions but, alas, I couldn’t go. Last night the weather forecast was all gloom and doom: Ice (1/2 to 3/4 inch, depending on which TV weatherman you prefer) and snow (1 to 5 inches; same variable). I was hoping it was simply climate prognostication overreach but the woeful forecast is taking shape. The NWS has done its part by issuing an ICE STORM WARNING. At my home we’re experiencing a thunderstorm while the trees are icing and the temperature is falling. More of the same (only colder) is predicted for the next 15 hours or so.

Things will improve. Assuming the ice apocalypse doesn’t encase and consume us, one week from today I’m scheduled to be at Gaston’s www.gastons.com on the White River, where the trout fishing is excellent, the food terrific, the hospitality unmatched and the temperature predicted to in the 60s.

Hooray.