Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Too Hot To Trot" Or Fish!...Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

Goodness!  I got out of bed yesterday morning, all excited for my fishing day.  I knew that it would be on the warm side.  So, I planned on leaving early...about 7 am.  It wasn't early enough.  By the time I got there and geared was 8:30.  (Yes, took me 30 min at the car)  Got that out of the way...haha.  So, I'm looking at the temp in the car and it says 65 degrees.  A smile comes to my face.  Only a handful of cars in the parking lot.  Yep, all is good.  I put on my sunscreen, even though I plan on leaving before noon.  The frozen bottle of water is added to my pack. I just don't do well in heat.  In fact, let's tell the truth here.  If I could live in Alaska, I would.  


The grasshoppers are out!  So are the caddis...It is definitely a top water morning.  Cast after cast, I come up with nothing.  Before I know it, I am getting a little warm...I'm thinking that it doesn't feel like 65 degrees anymore!  It's time for action... The frozen bottle of water which is still 2/3 frozen, goes down my shirt.  There we go...feeling much better!  I sat down in the shade and watched and listened.  Never saw a fish rise.  Not one.  Too hot for them too!  I don't usually throw in the towel after two and a half hours...but, that is what I did.  I was just not feeling good...kinda dizzy like. ( comments!)  I had another bottle of water that I drank to make sure that I wouldn't get dehydrated.  So, I knew that wasn't effecting me.  I just don't like heat. So, I walked back to the car.  The temp now at 11:30 am was 92 degrees.  What?  You tell me how it goes up 30 degrees in 3 hours?...No, nothing wrong with the car electronics.  After the car was all loaded up, I knew where the next stop would be... 


 If you must be out in the heat:
  • Photo of woman relaxing in the shade.Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).  I go with SPF 30+.

Talking about is a video that cracks me up...check out the yellow sunglasses.  And here's hoping that all of you stay cool out there!  Find a lawn chair and a tall, cold glass of lemonade and a shady tree! 


  1. Just much easier to warm up than to cool off!
    Ice fishing sounds good.

  2. Nice video, I remember when I had my hair just like that?

  3. RD
    Now you are talking my music the Commodores was just one gourp that was the best back then, spare me some of the music of today, especially the rap, I must be getting old????

  4. Pretty hot here in Bend, Oregon too. Not too hot to fish mind you. We had a good day of browns on the Middle Deschutes River despite the 90 degrees and Thunderheads.

    Congrats on the OBN recognition too.

  5. I can only wish for 92 degree weather right now. Morning low in Phoenix today 97 degrees. Enjoy the cool weather and always hydrate.

  6. Congrats on Featured Blogger from OBN! I love your blog and SO admire the places you get to fish. Keep those tippets coming!!

  7. Bill ~ I must admit that I was on the 5th row of a Commodores concert. : ) And we are not old.

    H.S. ~ I bet you have some beautiful water up Oregon! Thanks for the congrats!

    Tonto ~ I KNOW that I could never live in AZ...although it is fun to visit. Loved Scottsdale, in the winter!

    Pam ~ Thanks my friend!! We definitely need to hook up next summer in Denver. Plan on it!