It has been blowing for days and sometimes you have to fish when the weather is less than ideal. Which translates into….unless it is minus 50 we are probably going to go. We are tough or stupid I guess but you can’t make much money if you wait for the bluebird days!
Yesterday the wind was blowing up to 60 km/h after we had a few inches of snow. It was one of the most awful days I have had on the lake in awhile!
And today it was a great day, cold and calm. Good working weather.
It is always a cool sight to see how the wind sculpts and carves the snow on the lake. A coyote had walked on the soft deep snow and the tracks could not be blown away by the wind!
It is very hard to describe or explain how cold it can be if you are standing still. Jamie and I do not stop moving all day, if you stop for 5 or 10 minutes you are cold and it takes harder work to become warm again. We wear 3-5 layers of clothes with waterproof boots, special mitts, and rain pants to shed the water. Experience has shown us the way to keep warm in extreme circumstances.
We recently met some Young German guys who are traveling across Canada. Peter and Tom. They are staying with friends of ours and wanted to experience what it is like to fish! At first they were just observing us and then they effects of the cold began to take hold. We had to put them to work or it would not be a very memorable experience. We had them pulling nets out and pulling nets back under the ice. Within a couple of nets they were warmed up and having a good time experiencing the beauty of the lake on a calm day, you can see for miles and the air is as clean as it could be. It is always nice to be able to show someone how things are done out on the lake, as we have for 3 generations.
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