Sunday, January 9, 2011
The January Doldrums - Things To Do
January - I've always thought of this month as the direct opposite of July and as far as those who have an interest of climate cycles it IS the opposite of July. July is the warmest month for us. January is the coldest. July has the second highest amount of daylight, January the second lowest amount of daylight. I can make you feel better by saying that the Groundhog will roll his dice in about three weeks or that the sap lines will be flowing in six weeks but that doesn't do much for me either. Us hardy New Englanders will just stoically bear this dark season as we always have by doing the following:
The Swift - it's very fishable right now. The flows are good, much better than some of the past years, and the "keep um" crowd hasn't been in evidence below rt 9 to any extent. I'll be out soon as soon I can grab some weekend hours.
The Marlboro Show - I usually walk through this show every other year and even then it still seems to be much of the same. That's the case with ANY show that is centered around a specialized activity. There are some book sellers that may get me out to pick up some Winter reading. Last year I picked up an old copy of THE DRY FLY AND FAST WATER by Labranche - a classic!!!!!
My presentation on the Lower Swift - It's at Charlie's EVENING SUN FLY SHOP on March 21 (I believe). Check Charlie's site and mine for this event. I'll throw in the Millers River and answer all questions (as usual)!!
Order the Millers Fly Fishing Guide - So many of you have done this and have thanked me for making it available. I say "THANK YOU"!! It's the best ten bucks that you will ever spend if you want to know where to go on this river. It's not a "map" but a 30+ page guide with many photos of great runs and stretches and directions on how to get there and what to do once you are there. Ordering directions are on this blog.
Tie Flies - I don't think that I have to tell you. The REAL DIEHARDS are at it already.
One More Thing - Some well intentioned but misinformed people are raising a ruckus about how beavers are bad for brook trout. They ignore the fact that beavers and brook trout THRIVED together for thousands of years and still do in areas that didn't have beavers eliminated (read Robert Travers). They want a return to the time of 1750 to 1980 when beavers were missing. Of course, this was the period that saw a great reduction in beaver/brookie habitat! Hmm...? See the connection??? I've caught enough native brookies behind beaver dams in Ma. in the last twenty years to know that the native brookie fishing is better NOW than BEFORE those dams were created!! And I know that we have waterfowl in places where we didn't have them before those beaver dams came on the scene. Ditto for more wetlands too!!
Where beavers threaten property something has to be done but if you think that your fishing has suffered because of beavers then I suggest that you improve your angling skills because the brookies are there, bigger and better than ever!!
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 12:39 PM