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Sparse Grey Matter Fly Fest Sunday February 24th, 2019

This Sunday February 24th, Shannon's is hosting our annual Sparse Grey Matter Fly Tying Fest at the Califon Firehouse. The building is a stone's throw from the shop, just up Main Street. The event is open from 10 am until 4pm. Tyers from around the region will be showing off their skills. For those who would like to tie, there is no fee just show up and a space will be made for you. Set up begins at 9am. Food and Beverages will be available and those proceeds will benefit the Califon Volunteer Fire Department. For those interested, James Jindal of Winston Rods and Bauer Reels will be on hand to answer questions and show off the latest Green Stick models "The Pure" and the "Air" . The weathe

Sparse Grey Matter Fly Tying Fest & Belize?

Fishing over the weekend was productive for some. The trout are there but it was probably best to fish in the late morning or afternoon to maximize success with a little bump in stream temps. This Thursday and Friday it looks like we'll be warming up a bit. Bring the usual suspects in your box- think midges and stoneflies along with a few egg patterns. We are really looking forward to our annual Sparse Grey Matter Fly Tying Fest this Sunday February 24th. The event is held at the Califon Firehouse here in Califon and will run from 10am until 4pm. Fly Tyers from around the region including outstanding representation from various groups including Trout Unlimited and Kids on the Fly, will be on

President's Day Weekend: A Winter Window

As we look up it is already President's Day Weekend, the ground hog saw his shadow and Valentine's Day just passed. This time of year also provides some solid opportunities for winter fly fishing. Although February and March often see the heaviest snow falls of the year, prolonged cold is typically more common in late December and January. New life is already stirring in our rivers and streams. Early Black and Early Brown Stoneflies are beginning to become active on warmer days and warm is a relative term. Weather in the upper thirties and low forties is fine for stoneflies. As I mentioned last week, amber colored Chimarra caddis larva are likely to be more active now and going forward throu

A Welcome Respite

January ended in a deep freeze but February gave us a warm beginning. While the spring like weather is likely to be short lived it was beautiful to feel 50 degrees! Anglers certainly responded to the fine weather weather. River levels fluctuated as snow and ice melted but the last couple of days saw some nice fishing. I was out on the water for about an hour and landed two nice holdover Rainbows in the 12-14" class on egg patterns. The real story came from John Heaney who stomach sampled a trout and found it had been feeding heavily on Stonefly nymphs. Both the Early Black (Taeniopteryx nivalis ) and the Early Brown (Strophopteryx fasciata) begin to appear most years on our waters in Februa

Deep Freeze & Then A Thaw

I hope everyone enjoyed the annual Fly Fishing Show in Edison. There is always lots to see and many of our Shannon's friends and customers spent some quality hours on a cold January weekend thinking of spring. We received our latest shipment of Scott fly rods for 2019. This is a really solid line up, one of the best in the industry including the G Series, the Radian, Meridian, Tidal and Flex Series. There is an update this year to their fiber glass F-series. While it won't be a long cold snap the current temperatures are certainly enough to get my attention. I think Califon had a high of 12 degrees today. Most of the time we would rather be fishing than working but not right now. Still by t

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