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Southern tier fly fishing: Upcoming events, DEC, fishing report

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The last week was cold and snowy as it should be for this time of year. A warm front came through the area at week's end and the combination of rain and snow melt have raised most creeks, streams, and rivers. Air temps remain unseasonably warm as of this writing.

With the holidays upon us, there's little to report in terms of events for the last days of the year. However, starting in January, expect to see events ranging from fly tying classes to fly fishing shows and seminars to start popping up.

  • As posted previously, A&G Outfitters is running a series of fly tying classes in January, ranging from the basics to advanced tying techniques and materials. Some of these classes have a nominal fee and an RSVP to the shop, but all are well worth the time and drive to A&G's nice shop.
  • The Al Hazzard TU chapter normally also sponsors or holds fly tying classes. If you or someone you know is interested in attending an informal tying class at Timber Creek Sportsman Shop in Endwell, please sign up at the shop or
  • call Jennifer (Al Hazzard TU President) at 237-4000 or Chuck (Timber Creek shop owner) at 239-6511.
  • The next Al Hazzard TU chapter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st at 7 PM.

The DEC has announced a sporting license sales blackout period starting December 26. The blackout's purpose is to give the DEC time to transition from the current computer system to a newly developed system. The blackout could last up to a few weeks. If you need a license and plan to fish over the holidays, be sure to buy a license before the December 26 cutoff. See the NY DEC website for more information.

Fishing is pretty much a wash-out event right now. The snow melt in combination with rain has bumped most water systems up to non-fishable levels. Even the Salmon River is blown out and flowing at 3,600 CFS. The Douglaston Salmon Run has temporarily closed due to the hazardous wading conditions. Lake fishing, where ice is not present, is for now the only fishing option. Smaller creeks could clear by Christmas Eve, possibly sooner.

The weather is 'frightening' as the saying goes, but not in terms of cold. Right now temps are close to 60 degrees, the snow is all but gone, and most flowing water systems are raging. There is a real possibility of flooding over the next day or two on the big rivers systems like the Chenango and Susquehanna. This warm trend will continue through Monday, but Tuesday will see a return to cold weather and possible snow. The rest of the week should remain seasonably cold and mostly to partly cloudy. Now is a good time for anglers to take stock of the year, plan for the new year, and tie up some flies!

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