The Ospreys are back!

April 2 – Northport, NY

A sure sign of the saltwater season getting underway is when these fish eating hawks arrive, usually in pairs. They reclaim their nest and begin to hunt for fish.  They wouldn’t be here if the fish weren’t.

Just to verify this truth there have been a few mentions in the various newsletters of early schoolie stripers and I can tell you that I saw one myself, although not on the end of a line. This poor fellow fell prey to something bigger than himself and his remains washed up on the beach. I will spare you the photo.

So its time to get that saltwater gear in order, sharpen those hooks (and crush those barbs). Grease the reels and put on some new line. Get out and explore the beaches at low tide so you can see the structure and likely places they will be when the tide is in. Stop by your favorite tackle shop to see what’s new.

And one more thing – to all you saltwater anglers – why not make this the year of the release? I would love to catch that fish after you. Thanks.

Trout season is underway as well with the first round of stocking completed. Caleb Smith (I will be there Wednesday) and the Carmans at Southaven Park are open for anglers. Connetquot has been open all winter and is fishing well with numerous good size fish.

Next weekend I will be on the Beaverkill with my buddy Joe, floating his Joe-stack (and probably a few well weighted nymphs).  I heard that a fellow caught an 18 inch brown at Cairn’s Pool. Hey, you never know, even though the water temperature is about 38 degrees.

If it is too cold there is the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild meeting at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum on Saturday and that night, at the Rockland House, is the Annual Two-Headed Trout Dinner, a Roscoe Chamber of Commerce event. Come on up – I hear they have an interesting speaker this year – some guy from Long Island.

So whatever your fishing pleasure is, get out there and get going!

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