Last Saturday was the kind of day that I have trouble finding fishing buddies willing to show up. I watched a YouTube video that showed the Susquehanna River locked up in ice. The forecast showed a high of 27 where I usually go, and 32 at the southernmost range of my day trips.
Winter weather like this plays havoc with your gear. Braid crunches up icy in baitcasters, paddle blades get heavy as ice forms on them, electronics don't quite work as reliably as they should.
I called a buddy to see if he wanted to make the run south to open water on the Shenandoah. "No, I'm going to the outdoor show up near Dillsburg". What I heard was "I'd rather stand in a warm building and talk about fishing than sit in kayaks with you and not catch fish while freezing off my extremities."
I had recently installed an electric motor on my kayak and wanted to get out, even if it was a short trip. With musky on the brain, I launched on a river that was right on the edge of freezing up. Watch the video to see what surprises I found on a snowy day on the Shenandoah.
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