Being an outdoor person I can usually take pretty much what nature can dish out. There are those extreme weather issues of which I think you are all aware of being the exceptions. Cold is something you deal with when angling in winter, most times it's more about ice in the guides than it is about hypothermia. Well this is about one such winter day on the stream where I got a chill that I could not break. This past Sunday I reached the stream and was engulfed in sunshine. The air temps were near 40 and a slight breeze was about. I started fishing tossing some familiar flies, and observing nature. It was probably a half-hour into the outing when I felt my feet getting cold, this is not usual for I have taken the needed prevention first with socks etc. I sort of passed it off until I started feeling "well just cold"..perhaps this was because to fishing was so very slow.
I said to myself this day is not good, I thought I was at the start of cold or maybe worse. It was then I made the decision to stop fishing and head home.
The stream had some shelf ice but that's not uncommon for the first week of February.
Near to where I parked my car the stream crosses the road through a large culvert. The lower end at the spot where the culvert stops a very good sized and deep pool is created. Looking into it I said there could be fish in there. I was still cold and was at the car door when I said to myself "you have to toss a fly in there"..well OK just a couple of casts. I tied on a streamer and went to work. I cast to the farthest point and let the fly sink a bit. Stripping the fly back I saw a fish move on it and suddenly back off. A few more casts and he came up from the bottom and took the streamer.
He knew his home pool well and pretty much took me to most of it before putting up the white flag. One fish so stunning in the cold water, the bright sun reflecting of him presented a natural picture that was so beautiful.......suddenly I was no longer cold.