Cold has had its grip on the Southern Tier over the past week. Ponds are now frozen over with good ice as are some lakes. Even the slower sections of creeks are completely iced over. On top of the cold, the area received a small but regular dusting of snow throughout the week. The weather has made any fishing in the area very tough. Fortunately, indoor activities abound for the fly fisherman.
For one, TU chapter meetings and events are always a good way to spend time 'off season'. Chapter meetings are held mid-month and normally include chapter news, a presentation, and time for socializing and fishing stories. The Southern Tier also has other fly fishing clubs besides Trout Unlimited. The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) has been around almost 50 years and its mission is all about the betterment of fly fishing. Anglers may be aware of this club through its casting certification program which is recognized as a national standard for excellence. But the FFF also encourages the development of clubs and the national count is currently over 300. The Twin Tiers Five Rivers Chapter is one such club within proximity of the Southern Tier. There will be more on this club in future posts. The club meets on a fairly regular schedule and has a meeting format similar to TU chapters.
The Al Hazzard Chapter of TU will be holding its 41st annual banquet on Saturday, March 23. Please note that there was an error in the last post on the banquet: tickets for adults are $25, while tickets for anyone 15 and younger are $20, not $15 as previously published. As in previous years, the event will be held at the Kalurah Temple at 625 Dickson Street in Endicott. Cash bar starts at 4:30 with dinner following at 6 p.m.
Weather-wise, the week ahead will be a mix of cold, rain, snow, ice, and high and low winter temps! Look for a wintry mix in the start of the week thanks to Winter Storm Luna. As Luna passes the area will warm to highs in the 50's by Wednesday along with a good potential for rain. Later in the week temps will cool to highs in the 20's and lows in the teens with some snow possible. If venturing forth on streams or rivers, wear cleats and be careful of shelf ice. Always bring a wading staff for added support while wading in frigid water.