Well it's that time of year again and if you're like many of us you simply put your gear away at the end of the season after your last outing. If you're were ambitious you might have made it out to some of the Winter Casting sessions. In either case, your fly line is probably in need of a good cleaning before you put it to use this season. For those of you that are new to fly fishing, Rio provides a couple of instructional videos on how to properly clean your line.
The International Flyfishing Film Festival is back again this year! Check out the IF4 website to watch the trailers.
The Chamber Room at Ben Franklin Place (Centrepointe Theatre)
101 Centrepointe Drive
Doors - 1:30pm
Show - 2:00pm
Adult: $15 (advance), $18 (at the door)
Under 16: $10
It was pointed out that the date for this month's meeting was incorrectly posted in the calendar. The correct date is Tuesday, Jan 5th.
This weekend's hot spell following the cold front that just moved through the region this week should trigger some exceptional smallmouth action on the local rivers. Flocks of seagulls could be seen yesterday evening gorging themselves on what was a massive mayfly hatch. For those of you that have your favorite spots on the Mississippi River, this weekend could be one of the season's best, and don't forget to bring along some large dry flies (#8 Stimulators, etc.)
Water levels are exceptional for this time of year. Catches counts are down most likely due to the now resident cormorants. That being said, the the ones caught tend to be in the 13"+ range. A 5wt is recommended, as the larger fish will quickly take you into the rocks and cut your leader unless you have the backbone to horse them around. If you really feel ambitious, you can try for the muskie that like to sun in the shallows along the edges of the river. On the most recent outing, the right bank water offered the best holding water for SM, especially below the Heron Rd. bridge.
The gang that showed up for this week's Evening Fishing on the Ottawa River (Britannia Filtration Plant), enjoyed a great evening on the water. Water levels on the inside channel are close to ideal, with only a couple sections requiring additional care while wading. SM in the 8-12" range were plentiful amongst all of the anglers. Swinging weighted buggers/streamers in 2.5-3' of water proved most effective, with many fish taken on the dangle. Water levels on the main channel are still too high safely wade.
The water levels on the Rideau @ Long Island are still running at least 4" higher than normal for this time of year, but it is still fishable, especially on the lower flats. Catch numbers were moderate with most in the 10" range, though a couple larger fish were caught and two in the 3-4lb range were seen cruising.