You would be able to list at least one other reason for the drive, one other destination that wasn't a body of water, either flowing or still, that was actually a planned part of the trip.
I can say that the trip was a success because we got to the destination, fished and came back but the fishing was a failure and I got my ass handed to me by the wind. Throwing a 12wt warm water intermediate line is like throwing braided steel cable when it is below freezing and the gusts keep blowing your line out of the stripping net. I didn't really plan on using it, but it was the only thing I brought that could push into the cold wall of air.
We will be back for spring pike for sure and at least now I know what the lakes look like.
|Frozen man-parts at Ashurst Lake|
|A little poon-ice|
|Upper Lake Mary|
|Getting ready in the parking lot|
|Black and red didn't work, and nothing else did either.|
|A little ice on the guides|
|It's my fathers left-handed Galvin... I don't reel backwards.|
|With a couple pointers Kyle handles a camera pretty well.|
I would like to thank Paul and the guys at Babbitt's FlyFishing in Flagstaff for the hookup on the hats and the lake tips, "If it ain't chartreuse, it ain't no use."
Good to know.
-Alex who at least now has a huge box of flies ready for next year.