For the past two weeks we've been starting to see a snow melt down FINALLY. Temperatures have been jumping around from the forties to the high sixties. Water flows are definitely high and off color and it looks like they'll run that way for the next week and half. At this time of the year the weather is just so unpredictable, I am sure we haven't seen the last of the white stuff just yet. In any case as soon as those water levels drop and clear a little it'll be time to fish, snow or no snow.
On Saturday February 24th I traveled up to Wellsboro, PA to do a presentation for the Tiadaghton Chapter of TU. Real good turn out of the membership for the presentation, looked like 30 to 40 anglers in attendance. Everyone seemed to enjoy the program and there was lots of questions. This presentation was an indoor outdoor presentation. So on May 5th we'll be heading to the fly area on upper Pine Creek for the on the stream part of the program. Twelve lucky members were picked through a drawing to attend the on the stream part of the seminar in May. Hopefully everyone will land a few fish and have a great time on the water.
After finishing up the presentation for the Tiadaghton Chapter I left Wellsboro and traveled down RT 414 down into the Pine Creek Valley to see how the water flows were on some of the streams in the valley. As suspected every stream was running at its max. Big Pine was a real sight with all of the ice pushed up on to the banks and into the woods. All of the snow has melted in the area now and all of the small hollows that have stream beds in them are running full. There's also lots of water coming off the steep hillsides. It'll be a few weeks before you'll be able to get into those waters.
Just returned from the Lancaster Fly Fishing Show that was held on March 3rd & 4th. Great show for Wet Fly Waterguides & Sky Blue Outfitters. Had a good time talking fly fishing to all the anglers that stopped by my table. Also got a chance to set down with Steve Monahan sales rep for TFO rods about purchasing some rods for on my boat and getting on the TFO guide program. And of coarse I couldn't resist picking up some new fly tying material for bass and pike fishing. Again good show and we'll be back next year.
One of the wildest and memorable things happened at the show this year. We were in the hotel bar having a few drinks after the show on Saturday night and in walked celebrity hunter Jim Shockey. So I couldn't resist to make my way over to make an introduction. Talked a few minutes and got a picture. Real nice guy.
Its back on the road in the second week in March to do presentations for the Ernest Schwiebert Chapter of TU on March 12th in Princeton, NJ. Then on March 14th I'll be over in Indiana, PA to do a presentation for the Indiana Angler fly shop patrons. Always enjoying doing seminars throughout the winter months. If your TU chapter or Club would like me to do a presentation email and we'll set something up.