The first day of spring is only weeks away and there has been some downright warm weather across the country. All of this has many of us dreaming of wet wading and fishing large dries on a regular basis. With that being said, we aren’t in the clear yet, especially those of us living in colder climates. Winter storms and sub-freezing temperatures are still a reality over the next few months. If you’ve managed to make it this far into the winter fishing without some sort of ice-off product for your rod guides, I’d love to know your secret.
Products like Stanley’s Ice Off Paste can make a cold day on the water bearable for less than $10. This product helps to minimize ice build-up on your guides and line, cutting down on frustration and making casts a reality.
Applying this product generously to your guides and fly line will help reduce ice build-up on those chilly days. This process should be completed prior to wetting your line. If you experience ice build-up throughout the day, re-apply Stanley’s Ice-Off Paste as necessary.
In the event that you lose your ice-off or don’t have any handy, Pam cooking oil or Chapstick will work. You can apply the spray or lip balm to your guides and line as you would with fishing-specific products. While both of these products serve as a somewhat effective alternative, Stanley’s Ice-Off is my preferred product.
In the inevitable event of ice build-up after a long cold day on the water, never “snap” or break the ice off of your guides. Doing so could cause your guides to break. Rather, dip your rod tip under the water (which is presumably warmer than the air) to melt the ice away. Make the most of your time on the water the remainder of the winter and into the chilly start of spring with ice-off for your guides and line.
Article by Evan Garda, he is a Content Intern here at Fly Lords and can be found chasing trout throughout the west with his trusty fly rod check out his adventures at @evangarda.
Cover photo from Landon Mayer (@landonmayerflyfishing) check out his full article below.