NANFA-- A word of caution...

Todd Crail (
Mon, 17 Mar 2003 11:14:08 -0500

Greeting all... I guess I must be getting older, since I have this
overwhelming urge to mention any of this :)

My Mom called last night to make sure I wasn't the body they're hunting for
in the Maumee River. Yep, the Mighty Muddy has claimed it's first of the
spring crazed walleye hunters. Frozen ground with a quick melt of 8" has
sent water levels in ditches and streams into a massive flood, and some
people think that fish are worth risking their life.

They're not.

Even flooded flood plains are dangerous. You really can't see where the
edges are and the bank is certifiably going to be nasty slippery mud (which
is prolly what happened to our John Doe Deadguy... My buddy got to see this
happen in person a few years back ). Waders stop being your friend at this
point, even neoprene (you get pretty top heavy). While photographing
yesterday, I poked the dipnet into a couple ditches. Normally dry all year
round, I couldn't believe the amount of current flowing out and the depth
(It was enough to pull the dipnet forward). So don't trust any high water,
no matter where it is. Please.

I'll quit playing list Mom now... Be careful out there! :)


I hope you know that this will go down on your permenant record.
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