Old Man Winter continued his grip on the Southern Tier this past week. Temperatures seemed almost bottomless. Your author recorded a low of -22 degrees F while driving through the Newark Valley where Owego Creek is solid ice. It’s gotten to the point where most people are plain fed up with winter. And one knows it’s bad when a 10 degree day feels relatively warm.
The fly fishing event list just keeps growing as we head into that exciting late winter / early spring time of the year. Upcoming fly fishing events are as follows:
- The LACKAWANNA RIVER FLY TYERS CLUB meets every Thursday night at 7pm, October through March, at A&G Outfitters. Anyone is welcome to attend. They just ask everyone to contribute suggestions and ideas on patterns to tie. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bobbin)! And A&G notes beer is acceptable too!
- A&G Outfitters of Dickson (Scranton area) PA is holding their ever popular spring steelhead fishing trip on March 8 – 10. Contact the fly shop for more information.
- For those anglers who may have missed The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ this past January, there’s still an opportunity to attend this great event, and at about a 3 hour drive from Binghamton. The Fly Fishing Show in Lancaster is a one day shorter version of the NJ “edition” but features many of the same exhibitors, fly tiers, and events. The show is scheduled for today, Saturday, Feb 28 and Sunday, March 1st.
- BC Flyfishers will continue to hold fly tying classes through March. Attendance at the classes has been great. The class times have changed slightly with an earlier start (9:30 am), but will end at 1 pm, as before. Classes are being held at the Endicott Public Library. The schedule for classes is as follows: February 28 – Caddis, March 14 – Mayfly Dry Flies, March 21 – Other Dry Flies, and March 28 – Steelhead flies and Advanced Techniques.
- The BC Flyfishers will also be holding its next monthly meeting on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm at the Endicott Public Library in the downstairs meeting room, speaker to be announced.
- The Twin Tiers Fiver Rivers chapter of IFFF will be holding their March meeting – the ever popular Annual Social Evening – on Monday, March 2nd at DC2 Restaurant at the Elmira Airport. Spouses, family members, and guests are especially welcome. The evening will feature a cash bar gathering, dinner, and program. Cynthia and Kirk Klingensmith will be speaking on Photography and Fly Fishing from their 2014 adventure in Western Montana. Kirk will be sharing his experiences in fly fishing many of the rivers visited by Lewis & Clark in Missoula and Twin Bridges. Cynthia will be sharing spectacular photos from their visit to Glacier National Park, including their stay in two of the Grand Hotels built by the railroads in the early 1900’s. Cynthia is an accomplished amateur photographer who sells her work at a local art cooperative. The Klingensmith’s have traveled together on many trips, which allow Cynthia to pursue her passion behind the lens and Kirk to fly fish. The presentation will share some tips on photography, share experiences traveling as a couple with different interests, highlight some spectacular fishing, and share some awesome photos.
- The Twin Tiers Five Rivers chapter has also announced that its very popular Fly Fishing Academy will be held on Saturday, April 11th, from 8 am to 5 pm. Stay tuned for more on this great event in a future post.
- The Al Hazzard TU chapter will be holding their March meeting on Tuesday, March 17th at 7 pm at the Vestal Public Library. The guest speaker will be Don “Doc” Nash, MD. Don is a great speaker and experienced rod builder. He’ll be giving a presentation on “Bamboo Rods vs Fiberglass Rods. Tickets for the 43rd Annual Al Hazzard Banquet will be on sale at the meeting. The banquet is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th.
- Ithaca Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, March 28th, at the Boynton Middle School in Ithaca. The event runs from 9 am to 4 pm and includes a big raffle which reportedly leaves few empty-handed. This event is organized by the Leon Chandler Chapter of TU but the Twin Tiers Five Rivers chapter of IFFF will also be helping with the event.
The weather for the week ahead will finally turn a little less Siberian. It looks now as if daytime highs will linger in the upper 20’s to mid-30’s with the possibility of breaking the 40 mark on Wednesday. Nighttime lows will remain generally cold making the weather perfect for maple sugaring. The break in the deep freeze may start to get those steelhead in more of a biting mood but beware high water and the presence of anchor and shelf ice. The water temps will remain very cold for a while.