WADE TO GO. As we continue the daily slog toward something resembling springtime (maybe 50s next weekend?!) many of those first casts will be taken by wading anglers. We share our wading tips in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: From streams to rivers, waders provide a means of accessing breaks and deeper water where spring fish can be found. Simonson Photo
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 4/13 – Snow tapers by noon. Hi 31, Lo 19, Wind N@20, G30.
Tomorrow: Sat. 4/14 – Februraryish. Hi 35, Lo 17, Wind ENE@8.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:57AM Sunset: 8:29PM
Moonrise: 6:18AM Moonset 5:52PM
Overhead: 12:00PM Underfoot: Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (7% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30-6:30PM. After the snow passes and winds settle down, find a bump in the bite with the late-day Edge Hour.
HEART FELT. Felt-bottom wading shoes prevent slippage on rocks and submerged, slick timber in a river or stream. Boots with grips and other types of teeth are a good second choice. Keeping footing, especially in fast-moving water is key to preventing injury, breaking rods, or going under.
STICK IT. Utilizing a wading staff provides a measuring stick for how deep that next step is going to be and a third leg of stability during stream crossings and other movement. Light plastic and foldable models are available and clip, store, and deploy easily from a wader strap.
HOLEY MOLEY. Check waders over now for small holes in the main fabric or rubber and for tears in the seams or connections around the crotch and boot areas. Look those lower areas over well and make any fixes needed, as the lower the hole, the less you’ll be able to wade in comfort on that first trip of the season!