Winter remains with continued cold temps holding in the area. Snow has been sporadic but most creeks and streams are still showing the signs of one of the coldest winters on record. As of this writing, even the Susquehanna River is largely ice-covered and slushy. All of this is good for trout, come spring. But, the trout opener could be a lot more normal than it has been in a while.
Anglers, for the most part, are fly tying, combing through gear, or attending fly fishing events, or doing a little of all three awaiting Old Man Winter's departure from the Southern Tier. Fly fishing events for the coming months are summarized below:
- Al Hazzard TU's March chapter meeting is set for Tuesday, March 18th, at 7 pm in the Vestal Library public meeting room. No speaker has been announced as of yet. Al Hazzard TU will also be holding its annual banquet on Saturday, March 29th. This is a great evening event, featuring door prizes, raffles, a great dinner, and a fly tying demo during the cocktail hour.
- The Twin Tiers Five Rivers Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers will hold its monthly chapter meeting on March 3 at the Big Flats Community Center at 7 pm. The program speaker will be Brian Schumaker, owner of the Susquehanna River Guides, a guiding company that specializes in fly-fishing for smallmouth bass on the Susquehanna River. Brian's talk is "Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass, Techniques and Places." This will be a "how to" on fly fishing for smallmouth bass and will cover everything from the biology of the smallmouth bass to tackle, flies and where to fish for this great gamefish.
- The Twin Tiers Five Rivers Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers has also announced its program speaker for its April meeting. Club member John Lively will speak about fly fishing Cayuta Creek at the April 1 chapter meeting. The wonderful little fishery offers beginners and advanced fly fishers alike the chance to catch stockies as well wild (big) browns.
- Ithaca Fishing Day, now in its 22nd year, will be held Saturday, March 15th. This free event is a classic for the area and one that helps the Leon Chandler chapter of TU fund their conservation / youth education efforts in exchange for a fun-filled day centered on fly fishing and cold water conservation. The event will be held from 9 am to 4 pm at the Boynton Middle School. More to come in a post next week!
The week ahead will be a bit of a clone of the past week. After a somewhat mild and snowy weekend, temps will plunge through mid-week with nighttime lows down to the negative single digits and daytime highs in the low 20's. The remainder of the week will reach the mid 30's during the day but lows will remain below freezing.