****Make every day Earth Day–Pick up one piece of trash daily ****
*** February Playmate of the Month is here!
***February Moon(Lakota) Cannapopa wi — Moon when the trees crack due to the cold
Today -Tuesday..February 21, 2017–> If you live in R.I. or nearby Connecticut the following the following may interest you. I just learned that the State of Rhode Island is planning to build new 13,000 sq ft office building at Browning Mill Pond in the Arcadia Management Area. If you are at all familiar with the pond and surrounding area you must ask yourself why. Browning Mill Pond is a quiet, scenic and peaceful sanctuary. It is a family place where both young and old can enjoy hiking, boating ,fishing and picnicking in harmony with nature, Few places like this remain in our small state. It would be a shame to alter this most precious resource for the sake of building a new DEM office especially so when so many other areas could be used. I began visiting Browning Mill Pd in my early teens and have continued to do so over the past 60 years. In recent years I’ve taken my grandchildren there to fish, picnic and hike. We all want to leave our children and grandchildren a better place to work and play in. Destroying the beauty of Browning Mill Pond’s natural setting with a large office building goes against this most sacred tenant.
If you or anyone you know have been fortunate enough to enjoy Browning Mill Pond over the years there’s something you can do preserve this area for future generations. There’s a Petition to Gov. Gina Raimondo you can sign to Save Browning Mill Pond by opposing this construction. Your signature is urgently needed and appreciated. Thanks
Monday..February 20, 2017 (Presidents Day)-> Today is forecast as the coldest day of the week with low 40s for a high. The remainder of week the temps will be in the upper 50s providing a welcome relief to the cold and snowy weather as of late. I hope to get out mid-week and enjoy the pleasant weather by exploring several brooks and streams in nearby eastern Connecticut, This scouting trip is an attempt to discover new places to fish, find their access points and assess their potential.
Recently while searching the web for New England fly shops I came upon a very interesting one , Theriault Flies in Stacyville. Maine. Theriault Flies is owned and operated by retired Maine game warden Alvin Theriault. On the family farm he and his wife and daughter raise ggenetic dry fly hackle, jungle cock, pearl guinea fowl, heritage turkey, Hungarians, cashmere goats, kid goats, Icelandic sheep, rabbits, and llama for fly tying. Few fly shops can say that. These materials and much more is contained in their 70 page catalog. They have a very large material inventory and I’d say the different types of hair and fur available is perhaps the largest I’ve seen anywhere. They are also home to well-known and favored Maine fly patterns: The Maple Syrup and Big Trout Only patterns. Last weekend I ordered a catalog and carefully searched through it. Despite already having more materials than I’ll ever use I found about $50 worth of materials I just had to have. This year when I’m up in Maine I plan to take a trip to Theriault Flies. It’s about 2 hours from my camp and to make the trip worthwhile I won’t leave the shop empty-handed. For right now though I’ll anxiously await my orders arrival this week.
Friday..February 3, 2017->The verdict is in. The Groundhog has spoken!
“A clear shadow I do see so six more weeks of winter it shall be”
Tomorrow my two lifelong friends Joe Adamonis and Al”The Guide” Tobojka and I are planning to head up to the Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Assoc. Annual Fly Fishing Expo in So.Windsor CT. This may help to scratch the Cabin Fever itch a little.
Thursday..February 2, 2017—>Happy Groundhog Day
Wednesday..February 1, 2017—> The holiday season has come and gone and we’re well into 2017. February is here and many moons have passed since my last post and it’s time to start-up again.
February marks the mid-way point of the winter season It also marks the time when throngs of people gather for a super spectacle that occurs but once a year. This event gets the attention of men, women and children of all ages. They will travel from near and far to cheer for their favorite. From those fortunate enough to attend in person to those who will watch on TV at home, it is not to be missed. That’s right after a year of waiting, Ground Hog Day will soon be here.There’s also another super event happening next Sunday. It’s been a relatively mild winter thus far in R.I. Yesterday I was shocked to see about a dozen Boat-Tailed Grackles on the ground scavenging beneath my bird feeders. This doesn’t typically occur until mid/late February and makes me wonder can spring’s arrival be far behind or will winter remain entrenched??
” Is it going to be an Early Spring ?”
Fortunately tomorrow is Groundhog Day and we’ll get a reliable forecast on the remaining winter weather from two of nature’s best prognosticators; Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil and Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee. Lore has it that if they see their shadow when they emerge from their borrow they’ll scurry back in as there’s six more weeks of winter to come but if they don’t see their shadow they may remain out for a while as an early spring is forecast. These two woodchucks have been forecasting the weather for years with at least 50% accuracy. Gen. Beauregard Lee claims to have an amazing 94 % accuracy record. They’re at least as/more accurate as TV and radio meteorologists. I’ve always trusted Ole’ Beauregard Lee’s forecast over that of Punxsutawney Phil for one simple reason; No self-respecting northern Groundhog would be ever be caught out of his borrow in early February as they’re still hibernating.
Given a choice to attend in person either Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA or the NFL Super Bowl, I’d have to ask why did they even offer the Super Bowl? Myself, I’d rather see an over-fed Woodchuck without an ego than a bunch of over-paid men with over-inflated ones.
Regardless of the Ground Hog Day forecast or the Super Bowl’s outcome, the recent above average weather has infected me with early symptoms of ‘cabin fever.” Thoughts of spring fishing and tying flies are becoming more frequent. These pleasant side effects have freed my spirit even though my body is still in seasonal imprisonment. However, we’ll be fishing before we know so it’s time for me to tie some flies and ready my equipment. Perhaps I’ll even write a bit.
Checkout this link for some useful woodchuck info and fly patterns that are worth tying. The link came to me via a comment made on one of my February posts.
Speaking of fly patterns, I recently received the 2016 activity stats for this site. Once again my April 2014 post on Ted Trueblood’s Otter Nymph/ Shrimp had the most views of all posts on this site ever since it was posted . The Ray’s Fly post and photos views are a very distant second. In fact it’s not even close. There’s good reasons for it. Trout fishermen far out number than saltwater fly rodders and Trueblood’s Otter Nymph is well-known everywhere for its fish catching ability. The pattern is definitely worth trying by both novice and veteran fly rodders.