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Freezing guides and a brand new switch rod

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Iced up St. Croix Imperial Switch 7 weight rod

Iced up rod

The first 10 minutes were great. My new 7 weight St. Croix Imperial Switch cast very nicely, even though it was slightly mismatched with a 425 grain Skagit Flight and a reel that was way too big and heavy to balance properly. Even though it was 18 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and I didn’t have the right line and reel yet to match the rod, I needed to test out my new switch rod.

 

The next ten minutes were not so great. The guides started freezing up, and I could barely strip in running line. I resorted to fishing the head plus a few feet of running line, and not stripping in or shooting any line on my casts.

 

The next 5 minutes were downright dangerous to my rod. Enough ice had built up on the end to present a real danger of breaking the rod.

 

I called it quits, took a few pictures, and enjoyed the scenery.

 

 

 

 

And here’s a few bull trout pictures from last week.

Northwest washington bull trout fly fishing

Northwest washington bull trout caught on the fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest washington bull trout fly fishing

Northwest washington bull trout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iced up St. Croix Imperial Switch 7 weight rod

Iced guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink black and purple intruder steelhead fly

Pink black and purple intruder steelhead fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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