Weekend Short Report

Early today at STFF Headquarters, many staff members could be found sulking, murmuring in secluded corners, gnashing their teeth, tearing their robes, and shaking their heads ruefully.  “The Chemung looks like weak coffee”, quipped Staff Hydrologist Dan, who looked more dejected about the fishing conditions than normal.  Even the ever-chipper Staff Hydrologist and custom cabinet maker, Chip (no pun intended), could’nt deviate from the truth about the Tioughnioga.  “Its running like the Chocolate River in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory”, he sighed over the phone.  His recommendation was Round Pond – up in “them thar hills” north of Whitney Point – where toe-headed boys occupy all the bridges and the sounds of strummin’ banjos seem to surround you like stereo.  Hmmmm….

So on the way home today, sun shining, birds singing, and high with that boy-I’m-itchin-to-go-fishin feeling surging through me, I decided to end it all with a good look at the Susquehanna…

No, that's not the Mississippi...

No, that's not the Mississippi...

As Doctor Evil would say – “Rrrrrrriiiiiiiggghhhttttttt”…

Even the downstream view from the bridge casts doubt on the Fall fishing forecast.

The Susquehanna River - "flowing like a hose"...

The Susquehanna River - "flowing like a hose"...

I suppose one could opt for headwaters – really really upstream headwaters – or take a stab at some of the trout creeks that would normally be flowing at a mere trickle this time of the year.  The West Branch is reported to be fishable, if you happen to have a Hyde Drift Boat parked next to your SUV.  Lawn casting is another option, but tonight I think I’ll just chill out with a great friend…

Survival kit for the Southern Tier Fly Fisher...

Survival kit for the Southern Tier Fly Fisher...

Tight lines…

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