Spring is in the air. Warming temperatures this weekend will surely rouse any fly anglers caught in the winter doldrums. And with the approach of spring there is often a flurry of fly fishing events in the Southern Tier. This year is no exception.
As recently posted, Ithaca Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, March 16. This is an all-day event dedicated to the advancement of fly fishing and coldwater conservation education. On hand will be a number of fly fishing and conservation experts along with a bevy of fly fishing suppliers and organizations. The is the Leon Chandler TU chapter's main fund-raising event, the proceeds from which fund such conservation education events as Trout in the Classroom. Be sure to attend this informative event and help further the cause of coldwater conservation and fly fishing.
The Al Hazzard TU Chapter will hold its monthly chapter meeting on Tuesday, March 19. As always, the meeting will be held at the public meeting room in the Vestal Public Library at 7 p.m. On tap as guest speaker is Ken Tutalo, guide and proprietor of Baxter House in Roscoe. Ken is an 'alum' speaker of Al Hazzard monthly meetings and has a reputation for giving a great presentation. With 35 years of fly fishing experience, there's no doubt as to his credibility on the subject matter. Ken will speak specifically about the East Branch Delaware River trout fishery.
In addition to these two great events, Al Hazzard TU and the Twin Tiers Five Rivers Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers have events staged for the following week. The Al Hazzard TU chapter will be putting on its Annual Banquet and the Twin Tiers Five Rivers FFF chapter will host its annual Fly Fishing Academy. Both events take place on Saturday, March 23, but ambitious anglers can take in both and make the day one long fly fishing extravaganza. More on these two events will be posted next week.
The week ahead will feature a reverse in the warming trend we've recently seen. Look for daytime highs and nighttime lows to drop over the course of the week, with precipitation expected in the form of rain earlier on and snow later in the week. It's a good idea to take advantage of the inclement weather and spend some time going through gear and fly fishing tackle. Rods, reels, and lines all need cleaning and fly boxes should be organized before spring robins start to sing.