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Ice Safety Tips

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Ice Safety Tips

Ice safety is very important as breaking through the ice can be very dangerous or even deadly. The colour of the ice can indicate how strong it is. Of course, in our area the lakes are almost always covered with snow and so you can’t actually see the ice. However, before you get on the ice it might be a good idea to clear a small patch and observe the ice colours.

Gray Ice: If the ice is gray, it is weak. Often it turns gray after melting and then refreezing.

White Ice: White ice means that there are water-saturated snow freezes on top of the ice forming another layer. Often this white ice layer has air pockets causing it to be weak.

Blue or Clear Ice: Blue or clear ice is the strongest. However, its safety is still dependent on its thickness.

Mottled, Slushy or Rotten Ice: Mottled, slushy and rotten ice are all different names that mean the same thing. For this ice, it is not so much the colour but the texture. This ice is melting and slushy. Its strength is deceptive, so be extra careful around mottled, slushy or rotten ice.

When it comes to ice colour, an easy slogan to remember is this:

Thick and blue, tried and true;
hin and crispy, way too risky

Other factors that play into ice safety are weather changes and the current temperature; Cracks or breaks; Standing water; Ice thickness; etc.

If you want to take your truck or car unto the ice, an extra safety measure is to make a hole next to your vehicle. If water starts to creep through, it is time to move your vehicle as it may mean that the ice around your vehicle is beginning to sink.

Extra resources

The Environment of Canada website has provided a glossary of ice terms and their definitions:

Photo by Nentori (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Difference Between Trout and Salmon

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Difference Between Trout and Salmon

Are you able to easily distinguish the difference between a trout and a salmon? Below the picture are a few key differences between a Sea Trout and a Chinook Salmon.


The first difference is between the tails. Salmon have a concave tail while the tail of a Trout is square sometimes even convex.


Another big difference is in the body markings. Salmon have very few markings/spots below their lateral line. Trout, on the other hand, have a large number of markings below their lateral line.


Salmon have a narrow tail base with a noticeable wrist. The wrist being the part of the body that connects to the tail. Trout have a wide tail base and their wrist is not very noticeable.

The following guide is a Salmon and Trout identification guide

Books on Fly Fishing

5 years ago No comments

Books on Fly Fishing

Wouldn't you like to sit down and read up some more on Fly Fishing? Sitting at the feet of those who know the art like the back of their hand? Come to our store for a fine selection of books and DVDs, or check out these top sellers online.

The Orvis Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing

This book is a grand tour of the world of fly-fishing strategies and techniques, from Orvis's world-famous team of experts and advisers. In large format with rich and helpful color photos and drawings, the book covers everything from basic fishing knots and casts to expert techniques you won't see in standard books.

Stillwater Fly Fishing For Trout: Proven Methods, Techniques and Tricks for Catching More Trout in Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds

A very short and concise read, this book gets right to the point and teaches you how catch stillwater trout.

The Orvis Guide to Prospecting for Trout

Written for both the novice and the seasoned angler, The Orvis Guide to Prospecting for Trout, New and Revised explores how trout live and feed, and how to make them strike.

The Fishing Bible

Understand fishing disciplines conclusively - selecting the required gear, fishing techniques for each water type and more.