Archive for March, 2011

Short Casts: Big Weekend for Fly Fishing Events

Posted in Fishing Conditions, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , on March 18, 2011 by stflyfisher

Local creeks and streams are still high but that oh-so-nice green snow melt color is showing in some of them and that, to most fly anglers, is like seeing the first robin of spring. Looking back over pictures from last year, however, it’s pretty apparent that this winter was a stronger bloke than 2010’s contender…

Nanticoke Creek, in great fishing shape, a year ago to the day...

We may, in fact, still be a few weeks behind last year’s spring breakout. But remember NY’s weather rule which holds that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute. Of course, that could mean a leap to summer-like temps or a cold winter recession and even more of the white stuff…

In any case, it’s still not too late to get the gear out and spread it all over the living room – drape every piece of furniture with it – lay out fly boxes and reels and spare spools on every flat surface – empty reels of fly line and backing – and christen it all with a few empty beer bottles, perhaps. Much as a dog marks their territory, this will let all household inhabitants know, you are IN town and ready to flog the banks…

And whilst doing this, don’t forget the bevy of fly fishing events popping up like so many crocuses. Our area is ripe with them, and just this weekend, you’ll find 2 fine examples to attend and really get you in the mood…

If that doesn’t induce spring fever, or the cost of “Texas tea” is just too heady to drive much, stay home and attend to cleaning, lubing, restoring, fixing and general preparation, as described in these short articles:

Rod Care 1, Rod Care 2

Reel Care

Line Care

Boot Care

Preparing 1, Preparing 2

Tight  Lines…

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Short Casts: It’s Almost Time

Posted in Fishing Conditions, Fishing Reports on March 13, 2011 by stflyfisher

Until recently, Old Man Winter was doing a pretty good job of keeping the Southern Tier in his icy grip. February and March, to date, have seen good snowfall and cold temperatures…

Anyone for a Sunday drive?

The remainder of March looks better, with warming daytime temps ranging from freezing to the low 50’s. March is always a wild card, but as it came in “a lion”, it will hopefully go out, “a lamb”.

Fly fishing will be iffy until the creeks drop and clear a bit, but Southern Tier anglers should take heart: there’s a lot going on locally to keep even the most restless angler happy. Click here for a current listing of local fly fishing events.

Even if you’re not the social type – you know, one of those lone wolf anglers – there’s still much to do to prepare for the fly fishing season. Click here for a summary of the kind of stuff you ought to be doing right now. And if it’s fly fishing supplies you’re lacking, click here for a list of Southern Tier fly shops and retailers that might help you stock up for the opener.

Tight Lines…

Spoons and Pie

Posted in Gear, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , on March 11, 2011 by stflyfisher

My loyal readership will likely remember this blog’s not-so-distant discovery of a titan of enterprise, a skunkworks of technological wonderment, and a darling of Wall Street not too far from the Southern Tier. Lest you have forgotten, click here for a diatribe on the Sutton Spoon Company of Naples, NY.

Sutton's corporate headquarters - conveniently located next to the chinese restaurant where corporate takeovers are regularly planned...

You can thank STFF staff member, master swimmer and long-ago side stroke champion Kelly, born and bred near the place, for turning my attention to this world-class lure-maker. Kelly is still a regular visitor to the sprawling metropolis of Naples and soon after the Christmas holidays, returned with new tales of that oh-so-special place on the south end of Canandaigua Lake. Indeed, I felt much like Thomas Jefferson must have felt at the return of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

First came the pictures from Kelly’s winter expedition:

Christmas in full splendor - one stop shopping for the entire family...

Kelly had to literally press through throngs of people, all waiting to see what Sutton had in their display window under their towering Christmas tree, just to get these rare pictures. But the boots, trucker-style hats complete with Sutton logo, Carhart clothing, wool socks, leather work gloves, ice fishing tip-ups, and WD-40 all paled in comparison to the tray of gleaming spoons of every Sutton shape and size…

Sutton's crown jewels, shimmering like so many diamonds...

And then came the goods. I’m not talking about beaver pelts or Yukon gold – I’m talking a whole, beautifully boxed, thickly filled, grape pie. Yep, grape pie made with the best grapes this side of the Napa Valley – concord grapes – a native american variety – and, no less the same grape that makes the famed Manischewitz Wine…

Grape pie capitol of the world...

The pie came from Monica’s – another one of those Naples, NY trademarks that apparently has quite a following; hell, they’re even on Facebook. Monica’s has been filling pies since way back in 1983 and one bite of just the crust will surely make you a believer in their product. The grape filling is heavenly, just tart enough to put a jump in your step and not leave you puckered up like a spawning sucker. And in addition to the fact that your pie will be neatly boxed, count on a bumper sticker or two to accompany your pie – perfect to slap on the side of your Hyde drift boat.

Spoons and pie are undoubtedly what Naples, NY is all about. I’ve yet to hear from the corporate execs at The Sutton Company regarding my new fly spoon product line…

How could that not attract a laker or two...

It could be “The Board” is still strategizing, pouring over marketing reports, and hiring extra accountants to handle the influx of greenbacks that is surely to follow such a product announcement. Or, maybe they’re a little reticent – you know – the whole “straying from our core business” thing you hear so much of these days from the talking heads of CNBC. If that’s the case, I now know just how to sweeten the deal…

Corporate persuader?

Tight lines…