The past week's weather was characterized by bitter cold, unseasonable warmth, wind, rain, sleet, snow - all that was missing was extreme heat! Flowing waters were mostly unfishable due to the combination of melting snow and rain, although towards the end of the week some creeks carried that lovely aqua blue-green that reminds one of a more typical early spring trout stream.
There are a number of fly-fishing events going on in the area, including the following:
- The Twin Tiers Five Rivers Chapter of the Fly Fishing Federation will be having their annual social dinner event on Monday, February 4, beginning with a cash bar cocktail hour at 6 p.m, followed by a buffet style dinner featuring Roast Beef Au Jus and Chicken Piccatta. The event will be held at DC2 Restaurant at the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport. Cost for the event is $22. The dinner is open to members and visitors alike. Dr. Tony Ingraffea will be the speaker, providing a Marcellus Shale update. Dr. Ingraffea, a fellow fly fisher and member of the Leon Chandler chapter of TU, is a Cornell University Environmental Engineering Professor and is an expert on the topic of hydro-fracking. Contact Steve Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 607-973-2509 for more information.
- As posted previously, Artie Loomis of the Cortland Line Company will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, February 19 meeting of the Al Hazzard Chapter of TU. Artie will be giving a presentation on fly fishing central NY. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Vestal Public Library meeting room.
- The Leon Chandler Chapter of TU will be holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 12 at TCC. The primary purpose of the meeting will be to plan for the upcoming Ithaca Fishing Day tentatively scheduled for March 16th.
The week ahead looks to be pretty normal for the season in terms of weather. Any anglers venturing out should dress for the cold. Conditions will vary in terms of sun, but temps will range from the teens to the mid-30's. As always, remember to dress for the season and always bring an extra change of warm clothes, towels, and a hot beverage.