By the calendar, the area is now firmly into winter, but one wouldn't know based on this weekend's temperatures. Highs in the 40's helped melt some of the snow in lower areas. Hopefully the snow will be back to replace what's lost.
TU meetings are one way to fill the hours while winter tightens its grip on the area. The next meetings in February include the following:
- The Al Hazzard Chapter of TU will convene on Tuesday, February 19. The guest speaker is local fly fisherman, Artie Loomis, of Cortland Line Company. Artie will speak about our area's outstanding fly fishing with details on season-by-season and species-by-species opportunities. He'll also cover his gear and tackle choices that have helped him land over 10 different species in NY state with a fly rod.
- The Leon Chandler Chapter of TU will convene its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 12. The agenda for this meeting will be announced soon.
In addition to TU monthly meetings, TU chapter annual banquets/events are already in the planning stages:
- The Al Hazzard chapter is offering banquet tickets for sale. The banquet will be held on Saturday, March 23. Tickets range in cost from $15 for kids under 15 to $25 for adults. Call Nick DiNunzio at 607-754-7784 for more information on tickets. Future posts will cover the banquet in more detail, but this is one event that's not to be missed.
- The Leon Chandler chapter is planning its annual event, known as Ithaca Fishing Days. As covered in previous posts, this event has a long tradition - 20 years strong - for helping local people 'find' fly fishing. The date is tentatively scheduled for March 16. More details will be provided in future posts.
The week ahead appears to be a return to winter. Highs will be in the teens with night-time lows in the single digits. There's also some snow in the forecast for late in the week. Temperatures will slowly climb by the end of the week and into the following week. If ice-fishing is to one's liking, the long freeze should do much to set up some good ice.