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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-21-2018, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Iceclogging guides.

Hi !
I was out swinging in the cold northern sweden last week but had some terrible problems with ice clogging in my snakeguides making it impossible to cast sometimes.

Do you have any tricks or tips how to avoid this issue while fishing in cold climates?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-21-2018, 01:50 PM
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Longbellies is all you can do. They will reduce the amount of water that gets on your guides while stripping in. I have tried some creams on my guides, but that only last about ten minutes.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-21-2018, 01:51 PM
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Not sure about negative temps, but in 25-32 F range Stanley's Ice Off paste works really well in my experience. Just remember to grease your guides and your shooting line.

Also heard Crisco, butter, chap stick.

There's the dunk-n-shake method which probably only works at near-freezing temps.
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I've tried many pastes, concoctions, antidotes and hearsays ... the solution is to keep water off the guides.
Here is what I do :

- pick a fishing length that gets you into the "fishy zone"
- cast that length of line only
- keep your line tight with the reel to avoid shooting line
- resist the urge to strip in line

For the reasons mentioned above, in cold air temperatures I leave my shooting heads at home. I only use traditional belly lines that are effective within the range/length of my "fishing zone".
Typically, a 65' belly line will cover most of my waters that I fish during the cold weather months. If I venture to larger runs, I will step up to a 75' belly or more often a full DT line.
I also prefer full sinking lines during cold weather. It reduces ice build up on the line and naturally gives me a slower swing.


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Like the others have said; longer belly lines and dipping the rod. Adding some fly line dressing to a clean line will get a little more water off it too.
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Yep.... chapstick and don't strip.
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My best recipe is one part roaring fire, one part sitting at the tying bench, and two parts Whiskey. Works pretty good.
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My best recipe is one part roaring fire, one part sitting at the tying bench, and two parts Whiskey. Works pretty good.
Sounds so romantic, especially the capitalized "Whiskey"... when do I get to meet her?
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If you find a solution to this age old issue, you’ll be a hero to many people as this is very frustrating especially with single handed rods.....
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I just keep dunking my guides in the water to clear them up. Fishing linger lines work better just remember to spin your spool to make sure your reel isn't froze. I lost one fish due to a froze reel and now I always make sure to check it every other cast 😁

There is always time for one more cast
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Loon ice off. It definately helps. Apply on dry guides and line before fishing.

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No worries until your line freezes on the reel.
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If you are using a head, try pulling the head back into your guides as needed back and forth and then release or roll it out to your desired overhang for the next cast. I picked this tip up this spring in BC and it helped. Most of the time I only needed to strip in several feet of the head into the guides and then just see sawed it back and forth a few times.
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Just fish the warm months.
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