Tackle fondling 2018

Only a madman would fish in these treacherous, frozen waters. Patrick L. Sullivan reports on his efforts to do just that.Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

It’s only February, and my fishing madness is peaking. This has been an especially brutal winter, for some reason. 

Oh, yeah. It’s been cold.

Really cold. 

One of my brook trout streams was technically fish-able on Sunday, Jan. 28. I decided to wet a line. It was either that or the Pro Bowl.

So on Saturday I began the annual tackle fondling procedures. January is very early for tackle fondling. 

I snipped old leaders off lines, cleaned lines, took a stab at sorting out fly boxes.

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