Harbinger of spring

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by triploidjunkie, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Yesterday, I was shoveling snow at this time after work. It was probably the most accumulation of snow we've had all year. Today the snow was gone. The sun was shining, blu skies, birds were chirping, and the bugs were out. I saw several bees, even had one land on my hand. Midges were hatching in swarms.
    I hit the river at two, and had until four to try and make something happen. I swung up a pretty little wild bow on lunch break a week ago, so I figured I would try swinging again. An hour and a half, a couple hundred yards of river, and only one brief hookup. I was incredibly thirsty, but wanted to try on more spot before heading back to town. First cast I caught a pretty beat up hatchery brat, but it put up a decent struggle. It was now four, and I turned my truck for town. As I was passing the bank, I did a double take when the reader board said forty eight degrees.
    I hope it stays like this for the rest of the week. I don't work again until Monday. NCM_0043.JPG NCM_0047.JPG NCM_0051.JPG
  2. Steve Vaughn Member

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  3. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Well-done! I had my big trees thinned & then tore-down my old storage shed. Sounds like your day was lots more fun . . .
  4. Ron McNeal Turtles or universes? I can't decide....

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  5. Dipnet aka Tim Hartman

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    Better there than here:

    SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
    331 PM PST TUE MAR 4 2014

    WAZ001-503>512-514>517-060030-
    SAN JUAN COUNTY-WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY-SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-
    EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY-
    EVERETT AND VICINITY-SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-TACOMA AREA-
    ADMIRALTY INLET AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-
    EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-
    NORTH COAST-CENTRAL COAST-
    331 PM PST TUE MAR 4 2014

    ...HEAVY RAINFALL WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY WILL LEAD TO
    INCREASE RISK OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON...

    SEVERAL INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE PAST COUPLE DAYS HAS
    INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS THE WESTERN
    WASHINGTON LOWLANDS. ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE LOWLANDS
    OF 1 TO 3 INCHES AND 2 TO 4 INCHES ALONG THE COAST AND FOOTHILLS
    IS EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY. THIS AMOUNT OF RAIN WILL PUT
    EXTRA PRESSURE ON SOIL INSTABILITY...LEADING TO AN INCREASED RISK
    OF LANDSLIDES.

    CUMULATIVE RAINFALL OVER THE LAST WEEK HAS SOAKED SOILS TO THE
    POINT WHERE THE WASHINGTON LANDSLIDE RISK IS AT ELEVATED LEVELS.
    LANDSLIDES HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN
    WESTERN WASHINGTON...INCLUDING NEAR NORTH BEND. MORE LANDSLIDES
    ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON.
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  6. IveofIone Active Member

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    We had our biggest snow of the year Sunday night through Mon afternoon. About 7'' up here on the hill bringing our seasonal total to around 60''. It snowed until about 3:00 pm and then I started plowing and plowed till almost dark. It has been a low snow year so far without needing to bring in heavier equipment to open up my road. Berms are less than 4' high along the road and the next 10 days appear to all be in the 40's to low 50's. The melt is on but we still have about 2' on the ground. It will melt fast, there should be some spawning riffles in my road in another few days.

    I don't think I have ever been as ready for spring as I am this year.
  7. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Man, yesterday it was in the mid 40's. Today more of the same. Supposed to be this way for about a week It's almost shorts and "T" shirt weather. I also made it out yesterday. I had to sit there and think of what to entice them with and settled on a soft hackle with a copper john about 18 to 20 inches behind it. Had one hit and then I got about a 9 inch RB. First fish this year. Then nothing after that.

    The sun was warm on my back This is something that I've been missing for about 5 months. It can only get better. I hope.
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  8. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    It must be spring I rode around on my bicycle in a tee shirt at work today, of course I was riding under the biggest roof in washington located in everett..
  9. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    it was over 50 here, went to a lake after school to see if it was thawing and was able to wet a line. no hook-ups but got to watch a 30"+ brown bust bait for awhile.
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  10. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Frogs were croaking out back again this evening, and I found this little bit of beaver work on Sunday when scouting for biking trails. That dam is only about 4 feet across, and the "pond" is 8 feet at its widest. Note the Pussy Willows. IMGP1641.jpg
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  11. Kyle Smith Active Member

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    I can see some grass in my yard for the first time since our freakishly warm January! Soon the dog can stop shitting on the snow. I might even get some skwala fishing in before my pending move to Bozeman. Daylight savings time Sunday!
  12. MrP Member

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    Nice fish TJunkie!
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  13. teedub Active Member

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    Wednesday morning in Cle Elum - rained very hard most of the night, but yesterday afternoon it was 44 and the snow was coming off the roof. It is forecast for more rain and warming for the next few days so some of the April and May runoff is happening now! It will stay that way unless we get more snow.
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  14. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    It was so nice yesterday, I accidentally left my my window down in my truck. The pouring rain woke me up a little before five, and had me throwing my clothes on and dashing for the driveway.
  15. Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    Went over and took pictures at Rocky Ford. The forecast was not really promising, but ended up sunny and warm. I should have take my LaFuma recliner. Looks like another good day today.

    Maybe spring is finally here!! I am with Ive on this winter.....and we spent it in Wenatchee instead of Arizona.
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  16. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Ha,ha, ha.
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  17. Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    Nice post and photos Triploid Junkie.

    We had massive front croaking last night for the first time this yway and I noticed plant growth on the bottom of Lone Lake. Love that, spring is on its way.
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  18. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Enlightened and I tried our luck for a couple hours, but caught squat. Oddly, when we showed up to our chosen spot tonight, there were about ten vehicles and thirty or so people. About ten of them were SWIMMING!!!! I had heard about this local challenge going around on FB today, but about the last thing we expected was to see a beach full of swimmers.
  19. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Did you find out where they got the stuff that they had been smoking?
  20. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    From what I saw on Facebook, an even larger group showed up after dark and jumped in. Another social experiment like the hoverboard scam going around?