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Southern tier fly fishing: High water, fly fishing events

A very nice 'Lacky' brown is ready to fisht another day.
A very nice 'Lacky' brown is ready to fisht another day.
A&G Outiftters / Kevin MicNicholas

Despite some warming, spring fishing remains on the cusp. While daytime temps remain above freezing and averaging in the 40's, the ground is saturated from snowmelt and rain, keeping stream temps cold and flows high and very murky. The weekend's warm weather just exacerbated the issue. As of today, creeks and streams are just getting down to fishable levels in some areas. That won't last long after Tuesday's rain/snow, however.

  • Al Hazzard TU - Al Hazzard TU's monthly chapter meeting is this Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vestal Library. Click here to see what's in store.
  • BC Flyfishers - this new chapter of IFFF will hold its debut meeting on Thursday, April 24th at the George F Johnson Library in Endicott. More details to follow this week.
  • A&G Outfitters - the Orvis outfitter will be holding a 'Nymphing Seminar' on Saturday, April 19th at the fly shop.
  • Stocking - trout stocking of local creeks, streams, rivers, and ponds continues. April and May are big months for stocking, with more one year old fish (8" - 10") and the stocking of larger two year old browns (12" - 14"+).

The week ahead will be an interesting mix of spring and a little very early spring / late winter. After a weekend with a high of 82 degrees, the early part of the week will once again descend into almost wintery conditions. Monday temps will be decent but come Tuesday, get ready for a shock. Lows will drop to the low 20's with a 90% chance of rain / snow on Tuesday. Wednesday will also be cold but things will warm and dry up again with daytime highs back into the 50's. Lows will still be on the cool side - in the 30's - but this seems to be more like spring weather.