Winter continued to slowly yield its grip on the Southern Tier. Still, as they say, 'it ain't over till it's over'. While creeks, streams and rivers have lost some ice and snow is melting thanks to some warmer, sunny days, water temps are no doubt still very cold. And cold nights are not helping the cause for now. Unless there is significant warming in the next two weeks, be prepared for a slower open to the season than we have been used to the last couple of years.
The week ahead will have a number of fly fishing events occurring:
- Al Hazzard TU will have fellow Leon Chandler TU officers, Josh Filter and Mike Lenetsky on hand at the March 18th chapter meeting to give a talk about spring fly fishing in the Finger Lakes region. Their presentation is sure to be packed with great information about fly fishing the Finger Lakes region - perfect for the angler looking to change things up this spring.
- Anglers who like to tie flies can pick up fly boxes for "stuffing" and donating for the Al Hazzard TU Banquet at the March 18th chapter meeting. The banquet is scheduled for March 29th and these fly boxes are part of the table raffle.
- Trout stockings are underway and will continue well into May. The DEC will be stocking Salmon Creek and Fall Creek on March 18th. Volunteers can help the DEC stock brown trout by meeting at Rogues Harbor in Lansing at 10 a.m. Stocking of Buttermilk Creek and Six Mile Creek will occur on March 19th. Meet at Buttermilk Falls State Park's Upper Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. if interested in helping out.
The week ahead will be a lot more spring-like. After a cold Monday with low temps in the single digits, the days will warm up with highs in the low to mid 40's for most of the week. Lows will dip below freezing and there will be "wintry mix" precipitation, but for the most part, it appears we are on our way to spring, at last.