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February: An Angler's Winter

As I begin this latest report, the snowflakes are starting to fly here in Califon. The forecast is calling for a significant snowstorm to begin the month of February. Many of you have discovered that fly fishing for trout in the winter is not only productive but rewarding in other ways. Generally speaking, there are many days when the temperatures are above freezing and with a little preparation, anglers can be quite comfortable on the water for a few hours. I would caution anglers to respect bank ice, it's often thin and always slippery. I would also avoid wading too deeply as standing in cold water above your knees will quickly remind you what season it is.

I'm happy to report that both Bubba Rainbow and Bubba Brown were successfully caught and released. Hugh Green and Mike Suriano, both fly anglers matched skill with a little luck to land these trophy fish. Hugh caught the Brown on a nymph of his own design and Mike took the Rainbow on a modified jiggy Woolly Bugger. We are currently working on stocking another couple of Bubba Trout as it has been a popular contest. Details to follow and we would like to thank Hardy/ Grey's for helping to sponsor the event and to all of you who have enjoyed the contest so far this yea .