The stretch of dry, drought-like conditions may have been interrupted on Friday with decent rain showers, but the precipitation received barely put a flick in the USGS water gauge charts for most local creeks and rivers. As of Saturday, the Susquehanna River’s slight water level increase is receding and area creeks appear relatively untouched.
The Leon Chandler TU chapter, based in Ithaca, has published its meeting / event schedule for the remainder of 2012. Following is a summary of dates and meeting topics:
- September 11 – Chapter meeting (TC3) – topic to be announced.
- October 9 – Chapter meeting (Cortland Line Factory Store) – topic to be announced
- October 17 – 2nd Annual Fall Salmon River Fishing Trip
- November 13 – Annual Holiday Banquet and Fund Raiser (TC3)
- December 11 – Annual Travelogue (Badger Creek Fly Shop)
More information on topics for these meetings will be included in weekly updates as fall approaches. All meetings start at 7 pm.
Fishing remains good in most southern tier waters. Ponds can be great fun this time of year when fly fishing with poppers for largemouth bass and panfish in the morning and late evening. Don’t let thick vegetation deter efforts. Many ponds look almost swamp-like at the height of summer but bass, in particular, thrive in that cover. Weedless flies are the best way to go. Smallmouth bass are feeding actively in the warmwater rivers and streams. The bite is best in low light conditions. Focus on topwater and streamer fishing in pools and tailouts and be on the lookout for surface splashing or minnows jumping as these are indicators of where bass are feeding. The Catskill tailwaters are also fishing well. The key to success is the use of very fine leaders down to 7X when dry fly fishing and 5X when nymph fishing as the trout are very selective and wary right now. Sulphurs, BWO’s and Iso’s are the main hatches, but it pays to have a good selection of terrestrials on hand as with the summer heat come the crickets, ants, and grasshoppers.
Prepare for more partly sunny to sunny conditions for most of the week. Daytime high temperatures will be in the 80’s. It makes sense to pack a rain jacket due to the potential for thunderstorms. And always keep an eye on the sky when fishing: a graphite fly rod in the middle of open water can be a dangerous thing when lightning is a possibility.