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Fly Fisherman Uses Sheet of Ice as Unconventional Drift Boat Because Winter

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Watch a fly fisherman use a floating sheet of ice as a makeshift drift boat during a winter fly fishing trip.

What does a fly fisherman do when river conditions are perfect for drift fishing, but he doesn’t have a drift boat? Well, the answer for the angler in this video was to climb aboard a sheet of ice and slowly drift with the current while casting his fly.

This is obviously not the best idea if taking a swim in icy cold water is something you’d rather avoid. Ice is very unpredictable and can crack or split without any warning. This angler in the video definitely took some heat in the comments section of the video. Many commenters noted how risky standing on a drifting piece of ice can be.


The original poster of the video replied to a couple of the comments and explained that the water in that section of the river was only between 12-18 inches deep. However, even that depth of water can quickly lead to hypothermia.

We’re glad that the angler didn’t wind up in the drink in this video, but we think we will stick to an actual drift boat for river fly fishing action!

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Fly Fisherman Uses Sheet of Ice as Unconventional Drift Boat Because Winter