This angler clearly has Salmon River NY Frostbite and it's no joke. I'll leave his name out and say that it happened in the month of November. Now it's January and even colder out there so please be careful and know when to say, "Enough is enough" and warm up. Fishing in the winter months on the Salmon River NY can be very peaceful and something terrible like this could happen without you even realizing. A lot of times it happens when you're fishing amongst friends because there tends to be
some "showing off" on who can out fish who. Whatever the case is, make sure you have hand warmers in your pockets and if your pockets are full, get one of those camo muff/hand warmers. They run about $20 and they're tube like and belt-clip right around your waist. They are wonderful for those cold days on the river. Put some hand warmer packets ($1.79) inside and you're good to go!
In superficial frostbite, you may experience burning, numbness, tingling, itching, or cold sensations in the affected areas. The regions appear white and frozen, but if you press on them, they retain some resistance.
In deep frostbite, there is an initial decrease in sensation that is eventually completely lost. Swelling and blood-filled blisters are noted over white or yellowish skin that looks waxy and turns a purplish blue as it rewarms. The area is hard, has no resistance when pressed on, and may even appear blackened and dead.
You will experience significant pain as the areas are rewarmed and blood flow reestablished. A dull continuous ache transforms into a throbbing sensation in 2 to 3 days. This may last weeks to months until final tissue separation is complete.
At first the areas may appear deceptively healthy. Most people do not arrive at the doctor with frozen, dead tissue. Only time can reveal the final amount of tissue damage.
SEE A DOCTOR and DO NOT DEFROST IN HOT WATER!!! Use COOL water when thawing out.