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Today-Thursday..April 23, 2015—>. It was sunny and 40° F at the backyard bird bath this morning. I just returned from my Maine camp where it was 36°F and cloudy. The ponds lakes near my camp remain ice covered but they did darken quite over the past 5 days. ice out can’t be far behind .Forty miles north of my camp at Moosehead Lake in Greenville Maine , a hundred or more snow machines raced around the lake last weekend. Moosehead has a long way to go untill ice out. Rivers and streams up there are running strong and roily, most are swollen and over their banks. Al ” The Guide’ is still chasing trout in RI and CT and I haven’t received any striper reports from him, but that should soon change.
Friday..April 3, 2015—>. It’s 45° F this morning at the backyard birdbath this morning. despite showers in the forecast the warmer temps certainly are welcomed. Yesterday was a pleasant partly sunny day with temps in the upper 40s. I met up with my two lifelong friends Al “The Guide” and Joe Adamonis to checkout several Eastern Conn year round C&R fisheries. We stopped for breakfast first where Al demanded to pay for all with hopes that this jesture would get Joe and I to put him on fish.
His bribe worked and we put him on many. Joe had the big one of the morning plus many others.
It the trip was a very rewarding and productive experience. There was a reason for it. As I stood on the river bank it occurred to me that between three lifelong friends we had nearly 170 years of fly fishing experiences. Not many can say that!
Wednesday..April 1, 2015—>. It’s 32° F this morning at the backyard birdbath this morning. April is finally here after a long harsh winter. With daily temps averaging about 10 degrees below normal I thought March would never end. Although the calendar says April it still feels like late February. Everything is well behind schedule. Birds like Boat- tailed Grackles, Red Wing Blackbirds and Cowbirds that usually arrive in late February early March began to appear just recently. My Snow Crocuses that usually bloom in early March have just bloomed and buds on most trees and bushes have finally begun to swell. The first reported catches of Stripers taken at the West Wall in Jerusalem, RI and Second beach in Newport, RI are usually out by now. However most anglers haven’t mentioned going out never mind catching fish. Most Rhode Island ponds remain ice covered . Some remain locked solid while others are showing some open water along the south facing shoreline. This has delayed my early season Yellow Perch fishing. Each year during the last week in March and first week in April I traditionally dump my canoe into a small local pond to fish for perch. I enjoy eating perch and look forward to this annual event . This tradition is a primer for trout season that follows in another week. It ensures that I know where my tackle is and also that I have thawed enough to remember how to fly cast and feel a slight tap of a strike. Eventually things will return to their natural order or at least balance out. They always do, as Mother Nature has a way of taking care of her own as long as we don’t interfere.