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: 6 More Weeks of Winter ?

02-02-2003, 10:12 AM
Phil the ground hog (see link) saw his shadow today, predicts 6 more weeks of winter, thats fine with us GLs steelheaders means a longer run period. winter runs will be starting to run now right through June in great lakes. :D

However, I read last week the long term weather forecast is for continued below average precipiation in the great lakes. Not good for the fisheries for spring runs. :mad:


02-02-2003, 11:01 AM
Maybe the shadow was from all of the camera's flash bulbs going off, and the "REAL" shadow never happened...

That would be nice...

02-02-2003, 02:19 PM
I for one think it is great news 'cause we all could use the lower temps and possibly(please,please,please) more rain/snow. Being stranded in TX the only FF for trout I get to do locally is in the winter so It suits me just fine.:rolleyes:

02-02-2003, 03:35 PM
Here in way upstate NY, spring won't come until about June 1st, anyway. BTW, summer is fourth of July! Then, better have your winter supply of firewood ready!


Pat Bahan
02-02-2003, 04:32 PM
Forget Phil. So help me, I saw a groundhog running across a snowy field this morning on my way to church!!! He was terring across a snowy soybean stubble like the devel himself was on his tail..
On the other hand. Do the math. Six weeks from today is March 16th. Spring equinox is March 20th. Sounds like 4 LESS days of winter to me.
OR do we add the 6 weeks starting March 20th?!?!?

02-02-2003, 06:09 PM
But the resident Ground pig at Brookfield zoo did not see his shadow. Which means spring is upon us.

So it all depends on which one you go by.

Pennsylvania weather men do not predict our (Chicago land) weather, it wold be safe to say the same for ground Pigs.

02-02-2003, 07:52 PM
All names for the same animal. The only time I have any faith in them is when I line up the scope of my varmint rifle on 'em!


Just me
02-03-2003, 02:08 PM
I'm over here in the Seattle area and have yet to see any winter. The weather stays in the upper 40's and other than that all it seems to do is rain.

Pat Bahan
02-03-2003, 06:03 PM
If its that warm put on a rain jacket and go fishing. Hal says I should take up ice fishing.
One of my coleagues today told me about (ice fishing) the TWO five gallon buckets of bluegill he and his partner had to clean recently! (like I'm supposed to feel sorry for him)
I just can't get the nack of a vertical double-haul through the hole.

02-03-2003, 06:36 PM
bright clear blue sky's, zero wind, etc. About 10 days ago we were running in the mid 60's! River above Medford is running about 2500 cfs and clear. Water temp running at 41.7 degrees. Fish count is now over 5,000 winter fish through the counter at Gold Rae Dam (about 5 miles straight north of down town).

"Took lunch" at Denmon Bar (same place we'll be doing the Clinic on Sunday); idea was a half hour fishing. Ended up giving a couple of the locals 'spey casting lessons.' One fellows was the head chef for the Rogue Valley Manor (if you've driven through Medford you can't miss these two buildings on the East side of I-5). Never seen a Spey rod; Took him less than 10 minutes to be dumping out casts.

Fun Stuff!:smokin:

02-03-2003, 08:59 PM
You'd have to look in a fly box to find any hope for winter in the Pacific Northwest this year. Its 50 in SE Alaska, and here in Washington the Woodducks are paired up and the Red Wing Blackbirds are singing for mates and territorys.
Last week I saw (and Heard) a flock of about 400 blues and snow geese headed north to Canada crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca. I don't think our snow pack stands a chance in Hades of making past June 15th. We just thought we had a drought now we are really going to see what its all about.

02-03-2003, 11:12 PM
Here in Boston.... >waaaaah< >WAAAAHH!!!<


02-04-2003, 07:21 AM
Went out to one of the tribs yesterday. (It was "supposed to be" warmer, upper 30s) The weather man lied!

A few other hardy souls were out, and fishing was slow. Had to pick ice out of the guides every 20 minutes or so. (Air temp on the stream was 30 degrees for a high.) Water was low and clear - the snowmelt was "minimal" at best, with the banks still piled high.

Picked up a couple of fish - both small. A late brown, and a small early-run steelie, both under 20". I don't think the a push for steelies has started yet - we need a GOOD thaw and more high water to jump-start 'em.

But, better than staying home and getting cabin fever. Came home with cold toes and fingers, but thawed 'em out with some good single malt.

Oh, well, temps go back to the 'teens tonight - but at least I had some relief from cabin fever!


02-04-2003, 08:56 AM
More cold air on way to you BobK, it dropped from 40s to 20s with winds 30-40 mph over night here in the windy city and we will be in the teens and twentys the rest of the week.

Tie more flies, check your lines and leaders, practice your knots and watch more fly fishing shows, catch up on your technical FF reading are my recommendations.

In other words keep working on your "Master Fly Fisherman Plan" to continue improving your skills, you know us older FF like you and me have to keep ahead of this new internet age fly fisherman who want instant answers on the net for everything.

PM Out

P.S. No football to watch now either, bummer.:mad:

02-04-2003, 09:09 AM
It warmed to almost 50 for two straight days and this morning it's back to bitter cold. This has been the coldest winter that I could ever remember. From the higher temps the local creeks are out of control! I need spring to get here soon