Joe’s Fishing Hole: Keep those guides ice-free

Earlier this week saw the overnight lows dipping into the teens and several anglers have asked me how to keep the ice from forming in the guides of their fly rods and fishing poles.

Most were breaking the ice off the guides with their fingers. Please don’t do this. You can easily break or bend the guides as well as having the ice nick your rod, causing a weak spot where it might break when casting or fighting a fish. Just put the guides under water for a couple of minutes and the ice will melt off since the temperature of the water is obviously above freezing.

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