Every winter, I write a few articles with the premise, “Hey, don’t let the weather get you down! You can go trout fishing in January and February!”
And, of course, it’s true. There are lots of places where it’s legal and possible to catch trout in the dead of winter. You pick a nice day, bundle up and run a nymph through some likely lies. You may have the good fortune to connect with a hungry trout or two.
It’s a satisfying little victory over winter boredom. Still, it’s a far cry from fishing a Hendrickson hatch on a late April afternoon or a fall of coffin flies at dusk in early June, isn’t it?
I’ll venture out a few times in the winter. But equally rewarding, if not more so, are the indoor wintertime gatherings we fly-fishers stage to ease our collective cabin fever. Here’s a quick roundup of three great events coming soon.
u The Fly Fishing Show, Jan. 25-27, Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, N.J.
This is the Super Bowl of fly-fishing exhibits — and this year, it has the good luck not to conflict with any major NFL playoff games.
Now in its 18th year, Somerset is the place where you can meet the big-time experts who write the fly-fishing books and magazine articles we all know and love; test-cast rods from the best brands to your heart’s content; take in seminars and workshops on casting, fly-tying, fishing techniques and destinations; and of course, shop till you drop for tackle, tying equipment and materials, books, videos, art, clothing, etc.
As usual, the Capital Region will send a delegation of accomplished fly makers to Tyer’s Row, led by Bob Mead of Glenville, the internationally renowned maker of
ultra-realistic flies, Jay “Fishy” Fullum and Bill Newcomb. Dave Brandt, Catskill-style dry fly expert and friend of the late Lee Wulff, will also be there. The list of things to do and see is far too long to print here; visit www.flyfishingshoweast.com to learn more, and then just try to resist going.
u Fifth annual Cabin Fever Fly Tyers’ Expo, all day Feb. 23 and 24, Goldstock’s Sporting Goods, 98 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Glenville.
If this event doesn’t get you psyched up for the fishing season to come, I can’t imagine what will.
What began in 2004 with a handful of local fly-tiers showing their stuff has grown to include close to 20 masters of the vise. Expert tiers of everything from classic trout flies to stunning realistics to bass and saltwater patterns will demonstrate how flies are tied to anyone and everyone who cares to watch and chat. Mead, Brandt and local luminaries, including Bill Donato, John Prokorym and Jack Fragomeni, will be on hand.
Anyone who has considered taking up fly-tying or wondered what the hobby is all about should attend. This event is quite kid-friendly, too.
Even if you’re not interested in fly-
tying, you’re sure to enjoy the fishing talk that swirls around Goldstock’s the whole weekend. Admission is free. Naturally, Goldstock’s will welcome you to browse its extensive line of fly-fishing tackle and fly-tying materials.
u The Clearwater chapter of Trout
Unlimited annual Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29, Best Western Sovereign Hotel, 1228 Western Ave., Albany.
Even more tackle, tying materials, artwork and other fun things, including some at prices that will knock your socks off. Think of it — a whole flea market, and
almost everything there is for fly-fishing!
If you’d like to sell some items, tables cost $20 for the first and $15 for a second. There will also be a “chapter table” for Clearwater members who want to sell just a few items; the cost is a donation to the chapter of 10 percent of their proceeds. Call Mead at 399-9000, or write him at [email protected] for more information.
FIND TROUT WITH GIS
Speaking of Clearwater, the chapter has booked an interesting guest speaker for its Jan. 21 meeting at the Best Western Sovereign.
Peter Michael Nichols of Cobleskill, an avid outdoorsman, member of the American Fisheries Society and student at SUNY-Cobleskill, will discuss “Using Geographical Information Systems to Show Presence or Absence of Trout in Schoharie County Streams.”
The meeting, free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. Chapter member John Morette will give a fly-tying demonstration at 6:30 p.m.
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