When is creek water coldest?

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“Cold Creek”, 14×18 oil on canvas, after Choate, by Rog Lyngaas, 2dec08, using Choate7 palette with prussian blue as warm blue.

When is a creek at its coldest?  Not in winter, because snow melt is not very high at that time.  The coldest I have felt a river whilst fly fishing is in April, during heavy snowmelt.  I once fished all day standing in the Boise River, wearing just tennis shoes and jeans [and a shirt and coat].  I did not get cold… without my waders.  Oh yeah, the day was January 1st, and the air temp was below freezing, and rose to nearly 38.  The water temp was mild though.  I still would not recommend this.

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