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Southern tier fly fishing: March fly fishing events pick up, trout stocking

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Spring is starting to feel as if it is not too far off. Day-time temperatures warmed this week but lows at night remained below freezing and in some cases had that ugly minus sign in front. While most creeks and streams are largely ice-bound, one can see ever-widening openings in the ice. To be sure, the ice build-up that came as a result of a long and cold winter will take time to melt. And that's good for trout, but unless the weather reverses drastically, count on a slow start to trout season.

There are plenty of fly fishing events in our area this month. Some of the following have been covered in past posts, but it's always good to be aware of them for scheduling purposes:

  • March 11 - The Leon Chandler TU chapter will be hosting James Prosek, author, painter, conservationist, and fly fisherman for their March monthly meeting. Prosek will be talking about his fly fishing experiences while writing his book, "Fly Fishing the 41st - Around the World on the 41st Parallel". There is no cost for this event but their will be a raffle for one of his books to benefit the chapter and youth-related events. The event will be held at the Cornell university Lab of Ornithology from 7 - 9 p.m.
  • March 15 - Ithaca Fishing Day, will be held next week, as previously posted. The event is free to the public and will be held at the Boynton Middle School (1601 N. Cayuga Street in Ithaca) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 18 - The Al Hazzard TU chapter's monthly meeting will feature two excellent local fly fishermen, Josh Filter and Mike Lenetsky. They will give a presentation entitled "Spring Fishing in the Finger Lakes Region". Their presentation is sure to be packed with great information about fly fishing the Finger Lakes region - perfect for the angler looking to change things up this spring.
  • March 18 - DEC Fish Stocking - Salmon Creek and Fall Creek. Come help the DEC stock brown trout. Meet at Rogues Harbor in Lansing at 10 a.m.
  • March 19 - DEC Fish Stocking - Buttermilk Creek and Six Mile Creek. Come help the DEC stock brown trout. Meet at Buttermilk Falls State park - Upper Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m.
  • March 29 - Twin Tiers Five Rivers IFFF Fly Fishing Academy. This event will be held at the Elmira Southside High School (777 South main Street, Elmira) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must register to attend - contact Steve Harris at sjh529@stny.rr.com or 607-973-2509.
  • March 29 - 42nd Annual Al Hazzard TU Banquet. Click here for full details. Tickets must be purchased by March 22nd and are available at Timber Creek Sportsman Shop (607-239-6511) or call Gene Drobny at 607-7545439.

The week ahead will have an early, early spring look and feel to it. Daytime highs will edge higher, with the exception of mid-week when low temps will plunge to the single digits. Look for a warmer start to the week, a mid-week chill, and an end of week that is more typical of this time of year; highs in the 40's and lows in the 20's. Snow / wintry mix conditions will prevail on Wednesday and Thursday and again on Sunday. Think spring (harder)!

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