Merry Christmas, Bing!
A lot of people fish muskies up here. I'm not one, as I like to eat fish I catch and muskie hunters are all catch and release. I think the "fish of ten thousand casts" with a fly rod you'd wear your shoulder out before you ever caught one. It would be fun if you did, though! I think fly fishing for smallmouth bass would be more fun and more productive. Pound for pound a smallmouth has the most fight of any fish we have in the northwoods. Smallies are really curious fish. I tell people that if they're swimming in a lake that has smallmouth, they're being followed by the fish. People think that's a crazy assumption, but they follow me when I'm snorkeling and scuba diving. While diving they'll come up within touching distance. I think the sound of the bubbles attracts a lot of fish.
The only way to know if the ice is safe is to test it. For several weeks my neighbors have been going down to the lake, walking out and drilling holes in shallow water. 4" is plenty to hold a man, 6" for a snowmobile or ATV. My Ranger is heavier than those so I wasn't going to risk it until we had 8". We've got plenty of ice now and soon we'll see guys driving their pickups out. Need at least 12" for a truck.
When it's really cold and we're "making ice", the ice will pop as it expands. It can be a bit unnerving to be sitting out there and it's loudly popping. But especially a little later in the winter we know we're not going anywhere. We'll end up with 2 feet thick ice on the lake.
I read an article over the weekend about how there is very little clinical trial and testing for medicinal uses of MJ because it's a Schedule 1 drug. There is only one lab approved for growing MJ for research and people say the product they produce is garbage, nothing like people are growing these days. There was legislation to move it from Schedule 1 status a year or so ago, but Attorney General Sessions had it shot down.
The arthritis in the knees sounds painful. Our club Pro's wife suffers like you. She recently had a laser treatment that was to break up the arthritis in a non-invasive procedure. She said it helped. I haven't seen her in a while and now am curious as to whether the effects were short or long term.
It's going to be a quiet couple days here in the office. A lot of folks taking the week off.
Take care and keep on biking!
I know the feeling of 10,000 casts -- painful fun! I used to do a lot of steelhead fishing on the Deschutes and North Umpqua Rivers in Oregon. Great fish and big water and a bit dangerous wading. The first time I "hooked" a large steelhead was on the N. Umpqua in fly water only. 2nd cast. They call it the curse. Nothing for the rest of the duration.
Used a 5 ft. sink tip line with a large black streamer and swung it though after the first position cast and mended up a little. I though I had hooked an edge of the pool but it started moving down. Oh sh..! Fish took me down into some heavy water and getting a little worrisome since the Umpqua has a lot of sharp shelves and you need spikes on the bottom of your wading boots. Took all my line and into the backing - snapped off about 10lb leader. Fun!!
During the late summer, mid September, we wait until the first big rain to move some of the steelhead up from the ocean. During one trip, a friend suggested I try skating a large winged fly, huge on the surface with a slight tie off the head to cause a huge wake. Thought he was full of it. So, about after an hour and a break got back in some very quiet and deep water. Position cast up and let that fly just tail out in the huge wake. Just a little bored, happened to look away and then look back and saw a huge head out of the water chasing that thing. Wow!! Impressive. Hooked him and had a nice run but couldn't land it. That was probably the biggest fish "hooked" on the Umpqua.
I used to like fishing small dries to bass know as poppers. Now, that's a lot of fun! Better than 10,000 casts. too!
I am currently signed up for therapy next week. I will ask my doc about the laser treatment to break up the arthritis. Thank You!!
I actually stopped into a golf shop in S. California this week to look at a few irons, Mizujno of course, and made a couple of swings. Not a good idea but struck 3 or 4 about the best I could. Limped out of the store. So, there is some new motivation and hope!
Thanks Again and looking forward to hearing more about your adventures in the North Woods!