I had a few chores to attend to today, so while on my travels I stopped by to check on a local trout stream. It looked as fishable and clear today as it would on any other winter day, even after 4 straight days of an arctic blast and sub-zero temperatures. Water temperatures were clearly withstanding the latest arctic pounding well; shelf ice was limited and sparse on this particular stream. This stretch isn’t open for winter season trout fishing, but I’m sure streams that are open for winter season near this one look very similar.
Pouring into this stream was a beautiful run of spring water, which in maintaining a very consistent temperature has also maintained bright green plant life.
This time of year, stream conditions are rarely the limiting factor in our decision to fish as much as our comfort level.