In spring, as in autumn, the problem of overnight stay is urgent and important, because it is during these periods that night cold, along with dampness creeping from cold lowlands, quickly cool the body. If during the day in the sun in the excitement of fishing and movement it is so noticeable, then by night everything changes rapidly. It’s like in the desert, when during the day you can literally burn out from the heat, and at night freeze from the cold. Our climate, of course, is not sharply continental, but the temperature difference is noticeable anyway, especially during the spring and autumn off-season. In addition, it’s rather fun to take care of the shore during the day: piles ring, toasts for the river, fish and nature are proclaimed, and by night it turns out that there was no firewood but no tent. And already there is no strength to organize something. So we sleep, it happens, on the loose, who will get settled. Who is under the tree, who, frantically covering himself with some kind of bedspread.
I always had an iron rule for this case
Arrived for spring or autumn fishing – immediately organize an overnight stay. The day will pass quickly – you will not notice. True, there were misfires here, but more often when they came by company, where it is sometimes difficult to organize something, especially if the company has “dummies”, newcomers, that is. Then at night sometimes some had to be pulled out of the fire, because they were so frozen that it was better to burn than to shake from the cold.
What can be done ahead of time for a relatively comfortable overnight stay in a spring forest by the river if there is no tent?
I usually immediately make a fire on the site of the proposed overnight stay. This is, if the shore is sandy, and it usually happens when you choose a place for fishing a burbot for snacks or a feeder, that is, from a scythe to a pit. When the bonfire gives heat, you can put two, or better three logs, preferably oak, into it, let it be a fin. These iron oaks from the water, scorched and dried out, begin to produce a slow but intense heat. So they will smolder all day in the sand, and under the logs and sand will warm up.
By night, I usually move the fire to the side, and in its place, removing all the coals, spread the willow poles, and on them I arrange a couch from fir spruce branches or, at worst, from dry reeds or grass. It turns out a soft couch with a stove below. True, if you look at the coal, you can make a fire. Therefore, it is necessary to carefully sweep away the coals until they are buried in the sand. It is clear that a shovel is not always at hand, but in the forest there are a lot of prototype shovels. It is not advisable to dig up a layer of coals with boots. The temperature is quite high if the node smoldered here all day.
But a soft stove bench may not create comfortable conditions if a cold wind blows and drizzles. Therefore, over the stove bench from the side of the wind, it is necessary to make a canopy of polyethylene. And this is just a pair of horned sticks stuck in the sand, and a few bar poles, covered with a large piece of polyethylene up to the sides. And then it will be comfortable in this improvised home, if you do not sleep, then listen to the night and wait for the bell to ring. This is the advantage of such a home in front of the tent, from which we still have to get out.
If you are not supposed to catch snacks or a feeder at night, then, of course, a tent is the best way to sleep
But it is better to put it ahead of time. Imagine such a picture. Sounds frivolous, they say, but I have time to put it, the machine is the same. Threw to the ground and installed. But both in the spring and in the fall it can rain and then the tent will have to be set up on damp ground, and at that time things that are laid out in the open air will become wet in the rain. In addition, it’s better to make a soft couch under the tent so as not to sleep on damp ground if there is no tourist rug, which is also called “foam”.