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Offline fishin_musician

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Use Your Eyes
« on: December 16, 2016, 05:13:43 PM »
Reading the ice is something that is learned over time as experience is gained. This section is a place for the grizzly veterans to share their knowledge with new comers to the sport and possibly even teach each other something from time to time. Today I was on 5 inches of pretty nice early ice. It started as some snow on top of the water and then since it was not too thick some thicker clear "black ice" grew underneath.  After cutting some holes to see what the ice was made of I felt comfortable enough walking any where I wanted as long as The surface looked like the ice I had tested. On one of my walks I came across some clear black ice two small patches of it. Now black ice is supposed to be the bomb, the safest most desirable ice for safety. However knowing how the ice was put together I knew that this had frozen after the main ice body I was traveling on. It may have been an under water spring that had frozen over the night before or where a deer had crashed through a few days earlier. I gave it wide berth. Soon after there was another spot of clear ice off a point again I avoided it not wanting to see if it was as unsafe as I suspected. Whenever you are going from one sort of ice to another excercise caution, be thoughtful about it. Different looking sheets of ice mean that they are different thicknesses or compositions. Pay attention to where you are . And enjoy all of it.
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Use Your Eyes
« on: December 16, 2016, 05:13:43 PM »

Offline NYSporty

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Re: Use Your Eyes
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2016, 08:27:37 PM »
Good advice and true. Not all ice is made the same.
The ring of white ice is a dead giveaway that is where drifting snow stuck to water.
I have a place that is loaded with springs when I take people there I always show them what they look like. I call it the ring of death.

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Re: Use Your Eyes
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2016, 09:04:26 PM »
yes, yes, great information.

Always be on the lookout for any ice that looks a little different than what you are safely walking on.

Be safe and stay on TOP!
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Re: Use Your Eyes
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2016, 09:04:26 PM »


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