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Southern tier fly fishing: Warming trend, Al Hazzard banquet, other events

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We experienced a roller coaster of a week, weather-wise. The week started off weekend highs near 50, but by Tuesday, temperatures plunged almost 60 degrees to a low of -8 degrees. Temps gradually climbed after that, hitting a high of 52 as this is being written.

Once the cold left us, warm air moved across our region. The bitter cold served to close fishing - then the warm trend and subsequent rain set flood warnings out in many areas. Fishing has been pretty spotty on the Salmon River with such varying weather conditions.

Al Hazzard TU announced the date of the annual banquet last week. The banquet has become an annual ritual for southern tier anglers chomping at the bit for the opening of trout season. Look for a post this week to cover the details of the event.

A&G Outfitters recently announced 10 years in business! A&G's fly tying classes have started - it may not be too late to join in but call the fly shop in advance. Besides the ongoing fly tying classes, A&G will be holding the last of its three steelhead trips on Monday March 3 through Wednesday March 5.

Keep late January on the radar for additional fly fishing events. The Al Hazzard TU monthly chapter meeting will be held on Tuesday, 21 January at 7 pm. And the Fly Fishing Show will be held Friday, January 24, Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26. Tickets for this big event are $18 for one day, $28 for two days, and $38 for all three days. The event is being held at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ.

The week ahead will start on the warm side and gradually cool down to winter norms. Look for the week to begin with daytime highs in the mid 40's. Temps will cool into the low 30's with night temps in the 20's. Next weekend will have highs in the low 20's and lows in the teens. If you are planning on fishing, be mindful that flowing waters will most likely still have high levels through the early part of the week. As temps cool below freezing, run-off should slow to a stop.

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