Freezing fog or "Devil Fog" as we like to call it showed it's ugly face as we got close to the water, this fog penetrates you right to the bone, and every thing is coated in wicked patterns of white crystals. When your casting out into the water you get a feeling of vertigo, and your face and eyes feel like you've just gone through an orb weaver's spider web out in the woods - It's some seriously nasty fog!
Despite the extreme conditions, we were here to fly fish for the ancient trout. You could get about 3 casts out before you had to "pop" the ice out of every guide on the rod but the top two that were held underwater. Full fingered gloves were a must, it's cumbersome to use them but over time they become comfortable and one of your best friends.
The Devil Fog just would not go away, we were catching fish but the iced up guides and full gloves proved to be a challenge. Jay Fair wiggle tails in Brown, Floro Orange, and Peacock/Black all caught fish. So did Jay's Trolling Fly #6 3xl in Rust and Copper. We used 3x today, it was enough of a battle with the elements alone, so using rope sounded like good insurance.
We had quite a bit of open water in front of us all the way over to youth camp, Fredonyer peak to the east was packed with snow - I hope this lake comes up at least a few feet this year, since 1997 it has dropped about 10 feet.