Warmish temps, rain, and then snow hit the area over the past week. In some cases, the precipitation raised water levels significantly. Ponds and small lakes have kept their caps of ice - too thin for ice fishing but just enough to prevent fly fishing.
Fishing remains largely a cold-water game. The Finger Lake tribs received another good shot of water, but there are no reports on whether a run has followed. The Salmon River fishing is in transition to true cold weather mode. Flows are good at roughly 700 CFS and reports have been a little better lately. It's the same basic game where egg and nymph patterns fished dead drift seem to work best.
These days scams seem to abound and just about everyone has been a victim of one to some degree. Trout Unlimited is no exception. The national cold-water conservation group recently announced that some of its members received renewal notices for TU's TROUT magazine from a company named 'Platinum Publishing'. The invoice was for $79.95 for subscription renewal. TU is investigating and has asked members to disregard the notices. TU's TROUT magazine is included in its annual membership fee of just $35.
The Al Hazzard TU chapter has two events upcoming. The annual Doug's Fish Fry Fundraising Event is planned for December 19th. Doug's mobile fish fry will be located at 711 Main Street in Endicott (across from the American Red Cross). This event helps raise funds for cold-water conservation. And the next TU chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m. at the Vestal Public Library meeting room. Emily Zollweg-Horan, Senior Aquatic Biologist, NYS DEC - Fisheries will be giving a presentation on the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture and the involvement of Trout Unlimited in their work to protect and revive the historic range of the only native species of trout in our eastern streams.
The week ahead will start off on the warmer side and then proceed to get colder. Temperatures will range from a high of 40 on Monday to a high of 21 on Thursday, with night-time lows in the low teens. There will be cloudy skies every day with a chance of a wintry mix to snow for most of the week. This is the time of year to be particularly careful when wading. Studded boots or boots with cleats should be worn to prevent slipping due to ice. A wading staff is a must-have as well.