On my drive to central sand country trout streams Saturday morning I passed many more snowmobilers than fisherman and it had me a little worried. The aroma of two stroke engine lingered as I crossed the snowmobile trail and lumbered into the trout stream ahead of me. Thoughts of “you’re crazy” swirled in my head as the wind blew against the banks of the tiny stream and bit at my nose. A balmy twelve degrees outside confirmed my thoughts as I sent my first lure flying up the stream. It took many casts to shake the rust that had formed since my last open water toss back in October. It felt good to be on the stream again no matter how cold it was outside. I always use the first day as a time to reflect on seasons past and form my bucket list for the season ahead of me. However, today my mind was more focused on making sure I didn’t take an untimely swim. I could only imagine how awful it would feel to stumble on a rock and make a face first splash in a trout stream when the calendar reads March. Only one small brown trout was fooled for the few hours I battled the weather and I was able to to stay high and dry. It was nice to put my equipment through a work out and fortunately for me I had No leaks in my waders .
I did get the chance to put a product through a little test run that made my day trouble free.Early season temperatures can wreak havoc on your spinning reels , rods and line making them a frozen unusable mess. Monofilament lines coil and rod tips freeze shut making precision casting impossible to say the least . REAL MAGIC LUBRICANT by BLAKEMORE is a fishing line conditioner which I have heard a lot about and today was a great day to see if it was pure hype or a “must have” for my arsenal. Real Magic is a spray formula that’s applied to your fishing line which helps reduce coiling and increase casting distance. I doused my Pflueger President with the spray before I left home to give it a chance to work and I applied it just before I hit the stream. . The first day back to open water is a good time to work out the kinks so to speak but today I was kink free. Zero time was spent untangling line which allowed for more time fishing and warmer hands. Real Magic works on monofilament, braided, and even fly lines.
That’s good news for me but the best feature is the way it prevents ice buildup. In early season, spray it on the rod eyelets and it will reduce the amount of ice that forms from repeated casting. I used the product ice fishing but really didn’t give it a fair test as I spent most of my time in the comfort of a heated shanty. No luxuries today and honestly I had no ice buildup. There will be no more chewing ice off the end of my fishing rod and line!Hooray!It comes in a small spray pump bottle which fit nicely into the pockets of my trout fishing vest. Real Magic has a tall list of uses other than your icy fishing equipment and its great for ALL seasons. Pick up a can or bottle and I guarantee that you will spend more time catching and less time untangling on your next fishing trip .