For those of you wondering why I haven’t posted a blog in two months, I will explain. Caught the flu in early January while traveling to present at various fly-fishing shows. My computer melted down. And just when I was feeling better, it was time to head off to New Zealand for almost a month, arriving back home a few days ago.
So we have lots to catch up on. Fishing season is only a few weeks away and this is when people start asking me for my best guess concerning ice-out and when fly fishing will really start in Maine. The winter started out really cold in Maine – minus 20 and colder in Rangeley for a number of nights- and I thought ice-out would be late. Then we had a warmish, rainyish February, and I thought ice-out might be early. Now we are having a very snowy March and since snow insulates the ice, now I’m thinking ice-out might be more or less at the normal time for whichever body of water you fish.
Updates on my author- related activities….I have an article “A Guide’s Manual to Big Brook Trout” in the March/April issue of American Angler. I haven’t heard much from anybody about it. Has anybody seen it? Also in the same issue is a feature on my guide friend Abbie Schuster from Kismet Outfitters. In the current March issue of The Maine Sportsman, I have my bi-monthly column – this one entitled “Lou’s Ten Fly-fishing Resolutions.”
The Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo takes place next weekend on March 17 in Bethel Maine where I will be giving a talk on “Tactics for fishing Highly Pressured Waters for Difficult and Educated Fish”. Also my wife, Lindsey will be giving a talk on Climate Change and its impacts on forests and fisheries in the Northeast.
I will also be at the Maine Sportsman’s Show the first weekend in April. I am not giving a presentation but will be at the Maine Sportsman’s booth for part of the weekend. When I know my exact schedule, I will let you know.
The Trip to New Zealand was fantastic despite some very challenging weather in the form of big storms with rain and wind. Will go into it in more detail in the future but here are a few photos, my wife with her best fish of the trip (a rainbow) and my best fish (a brown) as well. I estimate that both were over four pounds