Winter Storm Nemo made its mark on New England but didn't ignore the southern tier of NY. Our area received a good blanket of snow, which is always appreciated by the local trout population, come spring!
Following is a summary of local happenings related to fly fishing:
- The Leon Chandler Chapter of TU will be holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 12. As indicated in last week's 'week ahead' post, the meeting will be primarily devoted to planning for the upcoming Ithaca Fishing Days in March. Leon Chandler meetings start at 7 pm and are held at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).
- The next Al Hazzard TU chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19. The guest speaker is local angler and Cortland Line Company employee, Artie Loomis. Additionally, the chapter is preparing for its annual banquet, scheduled for Saturday, March 23, and is looking for donations for this great fundraising event to be brought to the meeting. Anything related to fishing or that would be of interest to a sportsman would be greatly appreciated. This includes flies, fly boxes, tackle (new or used), prints, books, liquor, wine, hats, etc. If unable to attend the February 19 meeting, a chapter member will pick up the items from you. Please contact Nick DiNunzio at 754-7784 with questions or to arrange a pick-up.
- The Trout Legend Premiere Fly Fishing League will be making a stop in our area on May 18 and 19. The Legends Fly Fishing Circuit is a professional fly fishing league that travels to competitions nation-wide. The competition will feature 24 professional anglers who will fish the Lackawanna River on May 18 and Tunkhannock Creek on May 19. The event organizer, Greg Gondella, is looking for 24 'controllers' to serve as auditors for the event. A controller is needed for every angler: they will record each fish caught and ensure they are caught per the rules and regulations. Controllers will be provided lunch and will have the opportunity to watch some of the nation's best anglers on our local waters. If interested, please contact Adam Nidoh at A&G Outfitters at 570-489-1650, or visit the A&G website.
The upcoming week's weather will be mild compared to some of the region's recent weather. Look for a messy start on Monday with sleet and freezing rain. The rest of the week will be a string of partly cloudy days with highs in the low-to-mid 30's and lows in the 20's. The week might be a good one for winter steelhead or trout fishermen who don't mind 'wading' through snow to get to the water. Fishing the Finger Lakes is another possibility.