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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 the weekend and into next week the forecast is for warming conditions, even into the mid fifties! Usually it may take the water a couple of days to readjust but I expect the trout to start looking for food as soon as the mercury begins to tilt in the right direction. Two of the best flies so far this winter have been the Frenchie and Lance Egan's Red Dart. It might be a good idea to have a few of these flies in your fly box. I hit the water for a short outing last Sunday. The fish were a little hard to find in the higher water. When I began to fish the river was running at 266 cfs. I managed one Rainbow in the 20 inch class and lost another before darkness settled in. I was using a Beadhead Prince as the front fly and an egg pattern as the dropper. I would suggest Tim Flagler's Antron Egg in a size 18.