Water water everywhere… That was the theme for late last week after a couple days of temps in the 60’s sent a lot of snow melt down into the valleys. Hillside gulleys and brooks were rumbling by Thursday afternoon and by Thursday evening, all area creeks, streams and rivers were high and discolored with run-off. This is still the case as of this writing.
Fishing, for the most part, is off due to the high water. There are a few places an angler could fish – above Oquaga Creek on the West Branch of the Delaware and headwaters of creeks and brooks. The Douglaston Salmon Run is reporting slow fishing, though some anglers are hooking up on nymphs and egg patterns. The flows at Pineville are rising with the snowmelt and currently are at 900 CFS. Whether trout stocking took place on Friday on local creeks is anyone’s guess.
Fly fishing events will help fly fishers cope with the high water we are facing. Anglers can count on the following events to motivate them for early season fly fishing:
- The BC Flyfishers will be holding its next monthly meeting on Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm at the 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 Al Hazzard TU chapter will be holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, at 7 pm at the Vestal Public Library. The guest speaker for the meeting will be announced soon.
- 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. Read more here regarding Don’s background and the details of his presentation. 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.
- 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. Read more here.
- 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 wet, wet wet. Daytime temps will climb into the 60’s on Monday, then dip into the 40’s mid-week, and then rise again into the 50’s and 60’s through the weekend. There’s a lot of rain in the forecast too, with about another half an inch predicted over Tuesday and Wednesday and then high probabilities of rain on Friday and Saturday. For the first time in months, night-time lows will remain above the freezing mark. However, with continued snowmelt, the water should remain fairly cold. If you do venture out, be very careful. Keep an eye on the USGS water gage for the waters being fished, have a wading staff, and don’t wade if you don’t have to. Best bets are to use your time tying flies, working on gear, and reading up on fly fishing.