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Re: How much wind is too much?

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I've fished windy days on a kayak in a pond/lake and it was hell...trying to cast in the wind from a kayak getting moved in the wind was way too much to deal with! Still slapping myself for not bringing a small anchor that day.

Not a fan of winter wind...I will reluctantly fish in harsh windy cold weather... I'd much rather be inside sipping a beer or whiskey and tying some flies next to a warm fire!

Posted on: 3/1 17:55


Re: How much wind is too much?
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No doubt - wind is the bane of fly fishermen. I hate it too.

Being a salt guy, I'm usually expecting to get wind at the beach or flats. Anything consistently above about 10-15mph and I'm done with paddle boats. It's beach or wading at this point. In my younger days I could paddle into wind at the Outer Banks or Barnegat Bay, but my endurance and tolerance for bucking wind in a kayak nowadays is much reduced.

Since I have to travel long distances to get to the salt, I will ditch the fly rod and go with spin gear once things get too windy - this would typically be gusts over 25mph or sustained winds around 10-20. Some days it's even too windy for spin gear. When visibility is 30 yards and I'm hit with sand blowing sideways, it's time to go back to the hotel or diner or drive home.

Posted on: 3/1 18:16


Re: How much wind is too much?

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Yeah, I'll stick it out in rain , cold, and snow. But high winds usually drive me off the water. Very frustrating when you can't drop a dry fly where you want it.
If high winds are forecast - before I even leave home - I'll bag the trip.
If I'm already out there - as someone else has already mentioned - I'll seek out a smaller, more sheltered stream.
And then go back to the larger water during the last hour of daylight. Often times, the wind will start dying down then.

Posted on: 3/1 21:41


Re: How much wind is too much?

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The high wind warning is for 25-35 mph with gusts to 60. I don't think I want to be out anywhere tomorrow.

Posted on: 3/1 21:46


Re: How much wind is too much?

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Something to be aware of especially on the smaller streams in tight valleys are falling limbs/ tree tops. There are a ton of dead ash trees out there, I had a close call on Penns last year with an ash tree falling into the creek about 50 yards upstream from me. Hunting this fall I had another ash fall within a hundred yards of me while I was still hunting. Be aware of your surroundings and don't stand close to a cluster of dead trees in high wind conditions.

Posted on: 3/2 8:50


Re: How much wind is too much?

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There is too much wind today.

Posted on: 3/2 11:07


Re: How much wind is too much?

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lycoflyfisher wrote:
Something to be aware of especially on the smaller streams in tight valleys are falling limbs/ tree tops


Yep. Just because it's sheltered down at stream level doesn't mean it is at tree top level. I've had several close calls and will no longer take the risk.

Posted on: 3/2 15:22
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Swattie87 wrote:
There is too much wind today.


Yep, I couldn't agree with you more, Swattie

Posted on: 3/2 16:07


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Brutal here today, haven't seen anything like it since a hurricane rolled through here 15 years ago.

Posted on: 3/2 18:29


Re: How much wind is too much?

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Today was ok. Lots of evidence of fresh blow-downs on the hikes in, but I fished a couple of Brookie streams with ridges to their NW blocking the wind. Maybe every 15 minutes or so there'd be a gust that would roll through the tree tops, but I experienced little, if any, wind at ground level.

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Re: How much wind is too much?

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26 mph

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Windy days have their advantages in big river country such as the Yellowstone around Livingston Mt.--keeps the competition away but more enjoyable to fish nites in when warm enough.

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Re: How much wind is too much?

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If it's strong enough to blow shingles off my roof, I'm not goin' fishin'

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