****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-Friday…February 26, 2016—>.It’s clear and 32°F at the backyard bird bath this morning. The forecast is for a sunny and seasonble weekend. This weekend The New England Saltwater Fishing Show takes place at the R.I.Convention Cente in Providence.I plan on being at the Rhoddy Fly Rodders table(. booth 1105.) If you attend stop by and say hi. While this show has much on spin and conventional fishing there’s also plenty of stuff for the saltwater fly rodder.
Saturday…February 20, 2016—>.It’s cloudy and 42° F at the backyard bird bath this morning. The forecast is for a warm weekend and a cooler upcoming week. It’s a good time to do house and yard works and get them done before spring fishing begins. When it’s time to fish household chores will be done. That said I’m going to the Bears Den Fly Fishing Show today to see if there’s anything new that I must have to catch fish this year.
I recently received the 2015 activity stats for this site. Once again my post on Ted Trueblood’s Otter Nymph/ Shrimp had the most views of all posts on this site ever since it was posted in April 2014. 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 it’s fish catching ability.The pattern is definitley on most trout fishermen’s short list and is fished by both novice an veteran fly rodders.
Aound the time I began tying and fishing the Otter Nymph I learned of another pattern that’s been a consistant producer for me. It’s a very simple Hare’s Ear Nymph that ‘s seldom seen perhaps because it’s not fancy enough. While it’s doubtful the post on this pattern will generate as many views as the Otter Shrimp/Nymph, it’s a surely a pattern worth fishing. So tie several up and see if you agree.
Monday…February 15, 2016—>.It’s a sunny and cloudy and balmy -1° F at the snow filled back yard bird bath this morning. Tthis is the second straight morning with below zero temps. Ever since Groumd hog day and Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast of an early spring we’ve had two storms drop over a foot of snow and now below zero night temps and days failing to get out of the single digits. I’m beginning to think that Phil may have called it wrong this time. Although Phils forecast seems off a bit here’s a site that puts Woodchuck to good use. 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 this post.
Sunday…February 7, 2016—>It’s sunny and 27° F at the backyard bird bath this morning. A snow storm Friday left 9″ and more is forecast for tomorrow and intermittently during the week. I’m starting to question the early spring forecasted by my woodchuck friends. tomorrow migt be a good time to continue to try to clean up my fly tying desk so I can actually begin tying some flies. Right now my desk has mounds of materials covering more material that cover more materials. No wonder I can’t find anything. if I don’t clean it up I’ll continue doing as I always have by digging into, working around and pushing materials around so I can tie my killers. Once the area is straightened up a bit I plan to start by tying up a very simple and effective nymph. It’s a version of the Hare’s Ear but one many may not have known about. Check back during the week as I should have it posted by then.
Wednesday..February 3, 2016—> It’s cloudy and an unusually warm 39 ° F at the backyard bird bath this morning. Warmer than normal for the first week in February but perhaps it’s in line with yesterdays events. Great news, a unanimous verdict is in. Yesterday on Groundhog Day, neither Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil nor Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee saw their shadow.
” I see an Early Spring is in the cards”
They both agreed that an early spring is in the cards. Their forecast told me I should expedite my preparations for the up coming season. I hope they’re spot on but I’ll predict that spring will arrive on March 21 ready or not!
Monday..February 1, 2016—> The holiday season has come and gone and we’re well into 2016. 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. The winter weather has been mild here in R.I. I recently noticed the tips some Daffodils and Jonquills peeking from the soil in one of my flower gardens. This doesn’t typically occur until early/mid March and makes me wonder can spring’s arrival be far behind or will winter remain entrenched??
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 todays 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.
If I were 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 with an un-inflated ego then 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