Temperatures remained cold during the past week and along with rain, snow hit the area. The Southern Tier continues to experience a nice slow thaw with daytime temps above freezing and night time temps below freezing. The creeks and streams are looking very good for the season. Some have that inviting early season snowmelt green color that we anglers all look forward to after a long, cold, winter.
For those anglers looking to fish for lake run rainbow trout, there are quite a few reports of rainbows that have moved up some of the Finger Lakes tributaries. These fish are moving up to spawn and can be taken drifting egg patterns, nymphs, and even by swinging streamers. Pre-opening day season trout stocking should be complete. Stocking will continue through April, May, and into June. And the Douglaston Salmon Run reports that steelhead fishing is opening up with the warmer weather. Not only is the river opening up in most sections of shelf ice and ice floes, but the fish are becoming more active. Anglers have been successful fishing egg patterns and nymphs.
Fly fishing events continue through the weekend and throughout April. Anglers can count on the following events to motivate them for early season fly fishing:
- The Troutfitter Fly Shop, located in Syracuse, is offering a weekday evening class that might be of interest to Southern Tier flyfishers. The class, offered on Monday, 3/30, will be given by Virgil Wilbur, a former guide and commercial fly tyer. Virgil will show how to tie and fish what he calls “crossover” patterns – patterns that can be fished with success for both smallmouth and largemouth bass. This class will also be held at the shop but will run from 6 – 8:30 pm. Space is limited for both of these classes so be sure to register in advance with the shop at 315-446-2047. A side note is that this “new” shop will be covered in more detail in a future post.
- The BC Flyfishers will also be holding its next monthly meeting on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm atthe Endicott Public Library in the downstairs meeting room. The speaker will be another great one: Joe Ackourey. Joe is a professional fly fishing guide and fly tyer from Pennsylvania. For over 35 years now Joe Ackourey has been educating fly fishermen. He specializes in passing on those years of knowledge through his beginner and advanced fly tying courses. Quoting Joe, “I was 6 years old when I learned to tie trout flies. I was very fortunate at the time to be taught by my father, Dick Ackourey, a true master at vise”. Don’t miss hearing this great fly fisherman talk about fly fishing Pennsylvania and New York creeks, streams, and rivers.
- The Twin Tiers Fiver Rivers chapter of IFFF will be featuring Don Bastian, nationally known wet fly tyer for their April chapter meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 6 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Big Flats Community Center. Don will be our featured tyer starting at 6:30 pm, tying a classic wet fly pattern, and at 7:00 pm, Don will be transitioning into his program where he will speak about soft hackle wet flies with some inclusion on winged wet flies as well. Don will discuss fishing techniques, patterns, tackle and tactics. Don will also have a rod rigged up to demo. In May – Rick Kustich, Owner of Oak Orchard Fly Shop and a regularly published author in fly fishing magazines will be the guest speaker. 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. Click here for more information on this great event.
- A&G’s Spring Kick-Off Event is on Saturday, April 4th and will be held at the shop in Dickson City, PA, starting at 9 am.
- The West Branch Angler will be holding its very popular “Hell or High Water” on April 10th and 11th at the West Branch Angler Resort in Hancock, NY. The Hell or High Water has an extensive schedule of events so stay tuned for a complete post on it in the near future.
- Gary Romanic, Vice President of the BC Flyfishers IFFF chapter, will be holding a one day fly fishing / fly tying class at Binghamton University on Saturday, April 11. Click here for more information on this class.
The weather for the week ahead will be definitely more in line with Spring. Daytime temps will hover in the 40’s all week, with two days in the mid to high 50’s on Thursday and Friday and then a slightly cooler weekend. Night time lows will be in the mid 20’s, once again preventing major run-off from the remaining snow in the hills. There’s a possibility of rain early in the week and late in the week. Let’s hope water clarity and flows remain decent. Get ready for Opening Day!