Winter came in with gusto at the beginning of the week. It was somewhat snowy and there were some very cold night-time temps that helped to put a lid on most ponds and small lakes.
This is the time of year when some good fly-fishing tackle and accessories deals can be had. Cyber Monday, the day that online retailers get into 'Black Friday' mode, is on now and many large and small retailers are offering discounts from 10% to as high as 40%. Eddie Bauer is offering good deals on fly fishing clothing, for example, with in-store discounts of 40% and online discounts of 30%. The West Branch Angler is offering discounts of 20% off almost everything. In the case of outfitter Cabelas, sales will be on all week long.
Fishing reports have not been stellar recently, mainly due to the cold weather. The warmwater bite has been slow. Most ponds are ice-covered and lakes are beginning to show signs of shore ice making access without a boat difficult. The warmwater rivers are high and cold and wading access is poor. The Salmon River fishing reports are mixed. While steelhead are being caught, fishing has been tough for the most part due to the fluctuating weather and the cold. Best fly fishing patterns are eggs and large nymphs. The Salmon River is flowing around 1,000 CFS but the water levels should be dropping. The Finger Lake tribs have dropped and generally cleared after topping out over 1,000 CFS earlier in the week. Whether the recent surge in water brought any fish up is anyone's guess.
The Al Hazzard TU chapter is hosting its annual holiday party tomorrow, December 3. The event will be held at 7 pm at the Kalurah Hall, at 625 Dickson Street, Endicott. Pizza, wings, and soft drinks will be provided, but anyone attending is encouraged to bring a dish to pass.
The weather for the week ahead will be a mix of warmer winter temps and precipitation. The warmest daytime temps, in the low to upper 40's, will occur later in the week. Skies should be cloudy with a 10 - 30% chance of precipitation in the form of rain. As always, pack extra clothing when fishing and layer up. This includes a soft shell and hard shell in the case of wind and rain.