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Southern tier fly fishing: Bitter cold shuts down fishing, upcoming events

This ISO swimming nymph is one of many of Henry Ramsay's unique fly patterns. Henry will be guest speaker at the 42nd Annual Al Hazzard TU Banquet.
This ISO swimming nymph is one of many of Henry Ramsay's unique fly patterns. Henry will be guest speaker at the 42nd Annual Al Hazzard TU Banquet.
Henry Ramsay

The New Year came in with wintry gusto. Our area, like much of the Northeast, got hammered with snow and frigid temperatures. It was a week to stay indoors, stoke up the fire, and tie flies, to be sure!

Fishing is pretty much at a standstill until the cold clamp on the area breaks. Ponds and small lakes are frozen over and even the cold and warmwater rivers are icing up. Most tribs, including the Salmon River, have a lot of sluch ice along with shelf and anchor ice making fishing very difficult if not impossible. While the Salmon River did report some action for steelhead and browns earlier in the week, fishing has generally ground to a halt for now.

While fishing is in the winter doldrums, there are fortunately a number of fly fishing activities going on in the area. Here's a list to improve spirits:

  • The Fly Fishing Show will be in our area in January. This is a HUGE fly fishing show with hundreds of exhibitors of gear, tackle, trips as well as many demonstrations on every aspect of fly fishing one could think of. The event will be held in Marlborough, MA at the Royal Plaza on Friday 1/17 through Sunday 1/19 and at Somerset, NJ, at the Garden State Convention Center on Friday, 1/24 through Sunday 1/26. There will be more details to follow in future posts.
  • As previously posted, the Al Hazzard chapter of TU will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, 1/21. Meetings are held at the Vestal Public Library at 7 pm and are open to the public.
  • The Al Hazzard TU chapter has also announced its 42nd Annual Banquet guest speaker. The event, which will be held on Saturday, 3/29 at the Kalurah Shrine Center in Endicott, will feature Henry Ramsay, fly tyer, guide, and author of "Matching Major Eastern Hatches, New Patterns for Selective Trout". Henry will be demonstrating his fly tying skills in a casual setting during Happy Hour. There will be more posted on this great local event in the coming weeks.
  • A&G Outfitters of Dickson City, PA, is now holding 3 different fly tying classes. These classes can help make any fly tyer, whether just beginning, or advanced, to become even better in 2014. Times and descriptions of the classes can be found here.

The week ahead will be a demo of every type of weather winter can bring. We'll start the week on the warm side, with temps as high as the low 30's, accompanied by rain or a wintry mix. Temps will then plunge on Tuesday to single digits along with a chance of snow. The rest of the week will feature a gradual climbing of daytime highs from the teens to the low 40's by week's end, with a chance of rain.

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