Cabin fever has reached epidemic proportions this year around Missoula.  The above photo is from the end of my street, and I haven’t made it much further than that in the last month.  We have a ton of snow in the valley this year which is a great thing, but the temperatures have been so brutally cold that a lot of the winter activities like skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing are unbearable most days.

That’s not all a bad thing.  The valley snow will recharge the aquifers if when it finally warms up enough to melt, and the arctic temps have our high elevation snow locked up tight.  That should make for a gradual run-off once we finally get to May and June.

In the meantime we are stuck with February, a time of year when cabin fever can get downright ugly.  The only positive is that it’s the shortest month of the year.  A combination of tying flies, skiing, a little ice fishing, and fermented liquids in particular order will see us through until March.  That’s when the fun starts to happen around Missoula.  By the first of March it will be only a matter of days before our wild trout start eating big stonefly dries.

It’s always coldest before the dawn, and right now it’s pretty damn cold in Montana.  We are hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  It will be here before we know it.  Still it seems a long ways off at this point with ice jammed rivers and more below zero temps on the way.

Looks like it’s time to grab another beer and head back to the tying table….

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