March 19 – Saturday – First Annual Long Island Fishing Expo – at the Holiday Inn in Plainview, NY. Over 60 tables and booths and more than 360 participants through the door. A great success, well run. Thanks to all who pitched in and the support of River Bay Outfitters, LITU, Art Flick TU, LIFR, Salty Flyrodders and Fisherman Magazine. Can’t wait for next year’s.
March 20 – Sunday – Took Granger to the Connetquot. We were up at 6 and at the gate by 7. Secured beats 15 and 16. I worked with Granger a bit on how to fish a nymph and a streamer but then left him on his own. He fished a Green Woolly Bugger that he tied the night before using Morgan Lyle’s Simple Flies technique. Although he didn’t connect, he now knows another river. I did well with a bugger and dace.
March 21 – Monday – First day of spring and I sent out my quarterly newsletter. If you did not get it sign up to subscribe on the bottom of this post. It comes out about 4 times a year. I can send you a copy if you drop me a line and request one.
March 22 – Tuesday – Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers had their annual dinner at the Anglers Club of NY and Chuck invited me to come as his guest. Met some nice people and enjoyed the night. A great presentation on TU’s culvert work in the Bemoc watershed was given by Tracy Brown.
March 23 – Wednesday – Granger went fishing on the Mill River with Jeff Yates.
March 24 – Thursday – Kevin and I at Connetquot. Morning session beats 13 -14. Worked primarily streamers – Black Nosed Dace, Green Woolly Bugger. Had slow morning with one miss and two on, one a tiny Brook Trout with paar marks. Action picked up as it got close to noon. I switched to nymphs – a weighted Prince and a Scud, then a tiny Gold Ribbed Hares Ear, as trailers – at the bottom of 13 and missed a nice rainbow. Then a jerk came by stomping on the water at 11:30.
PLEASE – when fishing anywhere be courteous and when at a park where sessions are timed, don’t stomp in the water before your session begins. Come on guys! Common sense and basic manners apply.
I moved up to 14 and had two more good size Brookies on the dace. Kevin didn’t connect but was introduced to the park and now knows where and how to fish it next time. I got a little wet when the last Brookie hit, forgetting the hip boots. I wish they would re-visit the regulation on hip boots as most fishers are wearing full waders anyway and us old guys need to stay dry and warm.
Fly tying at Campsite with Mark Wayne that night – Lefty’s Deceiver was the fly. Good group of guys – Tom, Jim and Bradly. Picked up Hunter’s birthday present – a Shimano spinning reel for his blue and bass fishing.
See you on the water!
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