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Southern tier fly fishing: The Fly Fishing Show, TU events, fly tying

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It was a fairly mild week for winter, but it ended on a cold note. Conditions gave the heartier of anglers an opportunity to wet a line. Reports from the Salmon River have been decent, though the water is high, making for difficult wading. Ponds and lakes are ice-covered and not accessible unless you're a part-time ice fisher. It's a good time to be a fly tyer!

The Fly Fishing Show, as recently posted, is in full swing in our area. Anglers who want to do some 'virtual fishing' by attending this great expo have 3 options, all within 5 hours of the Binghamton area. The Somerset, NJ show is probably the closest for most and runs a full three days.

The Al Hazzard chapter of TU has plenty of activities scheduled for 2014. In addition to this Tuesday's monthly chapter meeting, here's a list of the dates of future chapter meetings and other events leading up to the traditional summer break:

  • Tuesday, February 18 - monthly meeting
  • Tuesday, March 18 - monthly meeting
  • Saturday, March 29 - 42nd Annual Banquet
  • Tuesday, April 15 - monthly meeting
  • Tuesday, May 20 - monthly meeting
  • Tuesday, June 17 - West Branch Cookout
  • July & August - Summer Break

Fly tying events will continue to be hosted by various fly fishing organizations in the area. A&G Outfitters has a number of classes going on right now, and most local TU chapters will hold their own in the coming months leading up to opening day of trout season. The Federation of Fly Fishers Twin Tiers, 5 Rivers Chapter, for example, will be holding a Master Tying Class on February 22nd, as well as a Fly Fishing Academy on March 29th that will also feature fly tying. Details on these events will be shared in the coming weeks.

Stand by for more cold weather in the week ahead. There will be a cold air mass moving through the area starting on Monday that will bring a string of single digit lows with it through Thursday and periods of snow. This will likely slush up the tribs and make fishing difficult for the steelheaders out there.