By the looks of the river in the McNamee area we are in for an early ice-out this year . With the light ice build up this winter and now the warm weather the ice will most likely be gone well before opening day on the 15th of April . There are many theories of course about what this means for the fishing but I am going with most old- timers that say the fish will remain in the river until the water warms up and the smelt run has started in . One thing for sure is that with an early ice -out the river should be clear of heavu ice and other debris , which of course makes for much more pleasant day on the water . There is no way to predict what flys to use because one never knows what the water level will be four weeks from now .
Stay tuned for pictures of the ice as it moves out , we always get a big run-off sometime during this period and it can be quite a sight .