So far this November we've been blessed by some warm weather and enough rain to have our rivers and streams in excellent conditions. Levels are slowly rising after a dry early fall. This is a typical pattern for our area. Anglers have been generally pleased with the size of the trout from the Fall Stocking and there were about 7000 additional trout that were released back in October. The shop also stocked about 150 Rainbow and Brown Trout in Califon Island Park around Columbus Day.
Our thoughts go out to all of those who have been directly affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Many of know someone who has either had the illness or lost someone. It is a situation that none of us have faced in our lifetime and we need to be mindful as we head into the colder months to wash our hands and wear our masks. One heartening consequence of the social distancing requirements is that many individuals and families have either discovered or returned to fishing and this includes fly fishing. It is good to see more young people exploring their local waters. They are realizing that there is more to life than X-Box and Netflix. I welcome their enthusiasm and it seems many are inclined towards catch and release since they always have their phones with them. One day, they will have the sole responsibility of caring for and stewarding our resources.