By Raymond Kucharski
It was a cold close to the end of New Hampshire’s trout season. Snow covered the ground along with the red, orange and yellow trees just two days prior. The morning of October 15th, the last day for fishing, was prematurely cold with temperatures in the twenties. Snow remained in the higher elevations of the mountains surrounding Waterville Valley.
I dressed as warmly as I possibly could and still have enough flexibility to cast a fly. Fleece socks and pants, long underwear, turtleneck, heavy shirt, topped off with jacket and rain coat and waders to keep dry.
The float tube was inflated to the max, allowing for the shrinkage the cold air and water would have on the inflated air. Fins were strapped on the dry land to avoid getting the hands wet in the chilly water. I backed into the pond and gently sat down in the float tube. The water temperature registered 40