Putting off the inevitable, I finally got around to my much procrastinated final fall maintenance. The lawn tractor was serviced and the mower deck swapped out for the snow blower. I changed the oil in the T660 and greased up both snowmobiles. Enjoying a balmy November rife with 40 and 50 degree temperatures, it isn't hard to understand why I put off those chores. I took every opportunity I could get to fish the river; a rare Fall where I didn't fight iced over guides, fly lines or pools. It was only a matter of time before winter reared its ugly mug.
They say we will fall victim to El Niño this winter up in Northwestern Minnesota, warmer temperatures coupled with average to below average snowfall for the season. Southern Minnesota is getting pounded as we speak with a forecast 16+ inches of snow. I hope for the sake of my Cats we end up getting some snow here up north. But I can wait another couple weeks until the lakes get a good solid layer of driveable ice. The 7 day forecast looks solid for ice production.
Nothing left to do but get the ice fishing gear ready, load the sleds on the trailer, and pick a lake. When the cold winds of the north blow a little too harsh for the roughfisher, I can take comfort knowing that I can spend the evenings behind the vise nicely toasted, in the comforts of home. Until then, bring on the snow.
Looks like I'm over it.