Published Feb 28. 2007

Late Winter

No fishing here for awhile

My family and I celebrated New Year's Weekend this year by opening the windows and doors to let some fresh air in. The temps had risen to the high 60's, pushing 70 on Saturday. This followed a Christmas almost as green as May, where I started to worry that the grass was going to start growing and I'd have to get out the evil lawn mower.

Come February, Valentine's Day, and still no snow. Not a single measurable amount of snow the entire winter. Again I started to worry, but this time about the snow pack in the mountains and what it might mean to our rivers and streams later this year.

While we still have not had our normal amount of snowfall for the year (unlike some of the areas a bit north of me which got pounded with 140+ inches of snow in a single week!), the hills and yards are now covered with a healthy layer of fresh snow. It seems as if the seasons are sliding a bit to the right on the calendar. At this pace, I might still be shoveling the driveway in April.


hi anybody been fishing in mayaguana bahamas

Great Site. Nice to see talk about things other than dry flies

Hi Alan, No fishing for me in these parts this time of year. All these streams are closed to fishing. Even if they weren't, not too far around the bend from that pic, the ice is from shore to shore. There is some year around water on the Beaverkill and some of the other bigger waters, but I'd just as soon stay inside and tie flies than freeze my butt off chasing a couple half frozen trout. If I fish in the winter, it's up north for steelhead (something I don't do much anymore, unfortunately).

Bob, just my size of stream. Can you fish at this time of year, the solitude is beautiful. Thanks, Alan.

Hi Bob
I will be in the Catskills, 1st week in June. What is the regulations for fishing licences, etc

Hi Frederick. We got quite a bit of snow last week, and a fresh topping on Monday when I snapped that pic. It was one of those perfect days for snow pictures - a sticky fluffy snow and no wind to speak of. That creek is about a mile and a half from my house, so I took a walk at lunch on Monday and snapped a few pics along the way. This one is my favorite.

Hi Bob; It looks like you are really good with the camera? where is that lovley stream? I dont think the catskills got much snow, or the poconos either, Might be a bad late spring !!FRED

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