The week ahead in fly fishing: February 6, 2107

February opened with colder temps and some more of the white stuff hitting the ground. The weather has definitely turned more winter-like and local waterways are running at nice levels with ice forming on the smaller waters. On a recent hike I took through Jones Park, the tiny brook that bares no name that slips and slides through a heavily forested glen was shouldered with snow and many of its pools had significant ice cover – all good for the native brook trout that call that little trickle home.


Fly shop talk: The great scientist Louis Pasteur once said, “Chance favors the prepared mind”. I’m a huge proponent of preparation in fly fishing and there’s no better time to get ready for fishing than these cold snowy days of winter. Fly lines should be cleaned and stored in large open coils, reels should be cleaned and oiled, and rods should be cleaned and treated to a nice coating of wax on the blank. Wading gear should be checked – everything from waders to wading staff, belt, and boots. Don’t forget to replace frayed laces and missing studs. Lastly, a good fireside activity besides fly tying is to organize your boxes, leaders, and other fly fishing accessories.

Here’s the fly fishing report for the week ahead:

Great Lakes / Finger Lakes tributaries: The Douglaston Salmon Run continues to report a mix of fishing results. Flows have recently dropped, which is a good thing for anglers, but heavy snow has no doubt also had an impact on fishing access. Roads are reportedly clear as is parking access for most DEC parking lots. The area received over 2 feet of lake effect snow as of Friday.



Lakes: John Gaulke of Finger Lakes Angling Zone is recommending that Finger Lakes anglers sign up to become a DEC Diary Keeper. The DEC is always looking for participants for Region 7 (Cayuga/Owasco/Otisco/Skaneateles) or Region 8 (Seneca/Canandaigua/Keuka/Canadice/Hemlock).  It’s easy to participate and your information (length of trip, number of anglers fishing, fish caught will help DEC with management decisions.  Even if you only fish a few days a season, your info can help.  Click here:  and scroll to the bottom for more info.

Here’s the lake – by – lake report from John:

  • Cayuga Lake:  Fishing has been productive for landlocked salmon and brown trout along with occasional rainbows and lakers.  Both fly and gear fishing is working. The water level is low here and launching and retrieving boats could be a hassle for some.
  • Seneca Lake:  Fishing is currently fair to good for landlocked salmon and brown trout.  Perch and pike fishing should be good.
  • Keuka Lake:  Lake trout fishing should still be good here.
  • Owasco Lake:  Lake trout and northern pike fishing should be good here.
  • Skaneateles Lake:  Rainbow trout, landlocked salmon and yellow perch fishing should be good here.

Fly fishing events: Here’s a summary of upcoming events:

  • The BC Flyfishers chapter of IFFF will be holding its monthly chapter meeting on Thursday, February 22nd at 7 pm at the Endicott Public Library. An informal fly tying demonstration at 6:30 pm will precede the main meeting. The presentation topic is HUNT MONSTER BROWN TROUT in NEW ZEALAND. Frank Cole and his companion, Steve Pettit, will talk about their journey in 2011 to beautiful New Zealand to catch trophy Brown Trout. They trek the lower third of the South Island over several rivers and lakes with Simon, their demanding NZ guide, through “chubby rain”, cold and heat. Perhaps, the most beautiful place to fish for trout in the world, the scenery is stunning and the trout are amazing!
  • The BC Flyfishers chapter of IFFF will be holding its own fly tying class. The class will focus on tying guide flies – flies known for their simplicity and high effectiveness in fooling fish. Some very skilled and experienced fly tyers will be leading the four classes. If interested, read more here and be sure to sign up soon as materials need to be ordered. The first class will be held on Saturday, February 11.
  • The Fly Fishing Show is still in town. For those who missed the Somerset NJ show, the final “reasonably local” opportunity to attend will be the Lancaster, PA show which will be held Saturday, March 4th through Sunday, March 5th. Exhibitor booths will include non-stop casting demonstrations, seminars, fly-tying, a Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase, Fly Fishing Film Festival, book signings and the newest fly fishing tackle and gear. Fly Fishing Show admission is $15 for one day and $25 for both days. Children under age 5 are free as are Scouts under 16 in uniform. Active military with an ID are $10. Hours are: Sat. – 9 am-5:30 pm; Sun. – 9 am-4:30 pm.
  • On February 6, the Twin Tiers Five Rivers chapter of IFFF will be hosting their popular Social Night at 1157 North, an Italian restaurant located in Elmira, NY. This quaint restaurant has been in this Elmira residential area for more than 60 years. Spouses, family members or fishing buddies are encouraged to enjoy the evening with chapter members. The speaker for the evening will be Linda Wales, President of A Hope for Lyme Inc. Linda, a Lyme disease survivor, will be talking about the disease and the impact it has had on her and others she knows. Lyme disease is caused by tick bites and can result in severe health issues. The disease often causes a variety of complications including pains in the muscles and joints, severe fatigue and cognitive issues. Ticks that carry Lyme disease and other serious pathogens are present in our area, so it’s important to be aware of the risk. The social night will start at 6:00 pm with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Linda’s presentation will be after dinner. The cost for this event is $25 per person and will include a choice of one of three entrée selections  – Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Parmesan, or  Carne Grande. All meals include a tossed salad, coffee, tea, and dessert. See the chapter’s website for more information and note that reservations must be made and payment received no later than Monday, January 30th.

The week ahead weather: WBNG’s week-ahead weather forecast is as follows:

A low-pressure system will pass to our north Sunday, bringing with it the chance for some snow showers. The highest chance of snow appears to be north and east of Binghamton, with the lesser chance off to the south and west. The snow will continue through the evening hours with total accumulations up to 1 inch with some locally higher amounts possible. Our weather pattern quiets down on Monday as high pressure passes to our south. West-northwest winds may bring a few flurries off the lake, but minimal accumulations are expected if any snow showers occur. Tuesday brings the next weather-maker to the Southern Tier, and is the focal point of the next seven days. A strong low-pressure system looks to organize off the Rocky Mountains and push northeast. Precipitation appears to start as snow/freezing rain/sleet in the morning on Tuesday, before transitioning to all rain as temperatures warm through the day Tuesday. Temperatures well above average are expected Tuesday as this strong system drags warm air up from the Deep South. Snow then becomes more likely overnight Tuesday and Wednesday as colder air wraps around the system as it moves northeast. Winds look to pick up Wednesday and Thursday, with Wednesday night being the transition period as much colder air moves right back into the Twin Tiers.




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