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Old 02-23-2017, 11:03 AM   #1
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It's the final countdown

Little over a month to go. Is this the year you'll be on the water opening day?

Predictions anyone?
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Old 02-23-2017, 01:22 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:02 PM   #3
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If the weather warms and my favorite spot is thawed. Bite was slow last year, but I found a few opening week. Down to my last few jars of canned trout from last season. Can't wait to see how big the slobs are this year.
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:35 PM   #4
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I'll be out as soon as possible but am praying for a cold, snowy March. The water heated up too fast last year and I was hoping this year wouldn't be a repeat.
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:47 PM   #5
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:52 PM   #6
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I fished a pond the first week of the season last year and expect to this year. While it's great to get started early the consequences of such mild winters is concerning.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:58 PM   #7
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Ditto what PaulyD and VT said...getting very ,very scary again...
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:26 AM   #8
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Streams are already in good shape. Monday I went to the best big fish spot locally that I know. Same one where I do battle each year with the resident hog brown. The perfect cast is needed as this fish resides in an area the size of a kiddie pool. I made the cast and he/she hit, I gave em the lumber, fish would not budge, a couple headshakes and the hook was thrown.

No doubt some of the ponds will be open this year opening day and I for one will be on them. But yes, this is absolutely insane weather and the price will be paid later if nothing is done now. Alas, nothing will likely be done over the next 4 years and if the EPA gets gutted and key regulations rescinded we may be looking at a reversal of acid rain progress.
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Old 02-24-2017, 12:08 PM   #9
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Alas, nothing will likely be done over the next 4 years and if the EPA gets gutted and key regulations rescinded we may be looking at a reversal of acid rain progress.

Had been thinking the same thing about the acid rain unfortunately. And it's even tougher because it's not one of those things that can be easily solved on local levels. Blanket federal regulation really is key.

Judging by what has been said and done so far I fear nothing being done may be the best case scenario because, sadly, it seems deregulation and progress reversal seem much more likely.

Edit: I suppose I ought to say 'more' deregulation as it has already happened to some extent.

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Old 02-24-2017, 09:26 PM   #10
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My son Ross caught a really nice rainbow over here on the VT side yesterday. Unusual conditions to say the least!
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:13 PM   #11
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Wow that's a beautiful fish! I was measuring local stream temperatures today and they are still at 40 [F] despite the unusual warmth. I'm still praying for a cold March but if we can sneak in an early weekend I'll take it short-term. Long term I'm hoping for a cold, rainy Spring.
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:18 AM   #12
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Down here in the valley of the Mohawk it stayed in the 60's throughout the night.
Related...to what degree, who's to say;

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/b...T.nav=top-news
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:56 AM   #13
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My son Ross caught a really nice rainbow over here on the VT side yesterday. Unusual conditions to say the least!
And it looks like someone has been doing some homework on the photography side as well. Superb pic. You should enter that in some competition. Maybe TU.
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:35 PM   #14
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VT,
Tell Ross thats a gorgeous rainbow! He's truly a wizard at getting the big dudes! Love the darker colors of an old holdover...thanks for sharing VT and thank Ross for getting our `ol Trout Bug back!
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:33 PM   #15
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Granted, I'm in Connecticut, but I had yesterday off so I took my one year old English Setter out bird hunting (pheasant season is open 'til Feb. 28'th). Didn't expect to see anything just get him a good run and work on commands etc. Ends up he pointed 12 woodcock , season is closed on timberdoodles, so just followed them with the muzzle. I've never flushed 12 woodcock in a day ever. Anyway, this is on Feb. 24'th, they usually don't arrive here 'til the end of March. If we get another hard freeze and/or a bunch more snow, both of which are likely, those birds are doomed.
Then I went for a paddle on the Farmington River in the afternoon and the early Little Brown Stones were hatching all over, they are a mid March hatch here. Didn't have a stream thermometer but they don't hatch until the water hits about 40 degrees. By the way the air temp hit 72 in the afternoon. Even washed the salt off my vehicle, of course I drained the hose and stored it away, don't expect this to last, BUT.....
Anyway, and to the point, it doesn't look good for the trout again this summer if this continues.

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Old 02-25-2017, 09:24 PM   #16
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How about that front that pushed through today? Almost 70 this afternoon with heavy rain and into the 30s now with a thunder snow storm earlier this evening . CW I'm looking forward to seeing a pic of that fish soon!
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:53 PM   #17
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Getting a little antsy, organizing my flys, reading and daydreaming of opening weekend. Think I'll explore small streams down in the Hudson valley and venture further north as the season wears on.

Also trying not to get too depressed thinking about lessening environmental regulations and the worsening of acid rain.

I need to occupy my mind with something else.
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:35 PM   #18
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More worried about , if we have yet another early low water conditions on my local streams. It will have had a big effect on the health of the fish in those rivers I know ,especially last year. My special rivers dropped in volume so fast ,by June 14th they weren't fishable. I left them alone ,fearing for their lives.
Lets hope this year,despite the lack of local snowfalls ,we get rain ,perodically enough to sustain a near normal water level and keep temperatures lower and we can still fish for them w/out harming them. I remember fishing some of these rivers into the month of July. Are those days gone?? Im not sure...but almost 3 in a row!!
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:41 PM   #19
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I remember a quite a few years ago we had scary low runoff like this. Turned into a cold, wet miserable spring. Lets hope this year is the same. There is a section of big river in the ADK's that is superb with lots of wild fish but you can barely fish it unless waters low. I guess thats the upside of low water still wouldn't wish it for the general health of all the rivers.

Maybe we some bass threads
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Nah. We'll just all come up and fish the River Styx with you.
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