Get ready for spring fishing
The time is now to get ready for spring fishing.
If you made a New Year’s resolution to spend more time outdoors, we’re not even two months into the year yet, so there’s still plenty of time to make good on that one.
In the spirit of new beginnings, it might be time to add a new hobby to your repertoire to give you a reason to get outside more often. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of catching a fish, and fly fishermen will tell you there’s no more enjoyable way to catch a fish than on a fly. The sport takes a bit of know-how, but success is well within the reach of a beginner.
Or perhaps you are already hooked on fly fishing and need a little refresher to brush up on your skills for the upcoming season. Either way, there is a show coming up that can introduce you to the basics of fly fishing or help you get expert advice if you already have experience and need a bit of guidance.
The 17th annual Lefty Kreh TieFest, the mid-Atlantic’s foremost fly fishing event, will be held March 18 at the Kent Narrows Yacht Club.
“We will once again bring many of the legends of fly fishing to TieFest, but attendees also will see that TieFest 2017 is going back to its roots,” event organizer Tony Friedrich said. “We are returning to a focus solely on fly fishing with a special emphasis on young anglers.”
The Lefty Kreh Tiefest will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be demonstrations on casting and fly patterns that have proven successful in the mid-Atlantic area. Vendors will be on hand, of course, with their latest products which you can see first-hand and even try out. And there will be special tying classes for kids and novice tyers. Admission is $10 for adults, and children 16 and younger are free.
Fly fishing experts will be on hand to talk with attendees.
“Anglers can get their toughest fishing questions answered, whether it’s asking Lefty which is the best knot for a certain situation or finding out from one of the many local guides the best time of the year to fish a specific area,” Friedrich said.
The event will feature more than 30 tyers, including Bob Clouser, Steve Silverio, Eric Snyder, Richard Tillman, Morgan Kupfer and a certain fellow who is the headliner of the event.
Bernard “Lefty” Kreh has fished all over the globe, written dozens of books on the finer points of fly fishing and is the mastermind behind the popular commercial tie called the deceiver.
Kreh was born in Maryland in 1925 and still resides here today. His name was added the show’s official title in 2013. It’s a real treat to hear him talk about fishing (he’s even been on expeditions with the likes of Fidel Castro and Ernest Hemingway) or
Survey teams of pilots and biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Maryland Department of Natural Resources counted about 812,000 waterfowl spending the winter here. This estimate higher than the 663,000 birds obser ved in 2016 and similar to the fiveyear average of 795,240.
The number of canvasbacks rose dramatically from last year (75,100 vs. 19,800) Canada geese increased slightly to 394,700 in 2017 compared to 293,800 in 2016, but still below the five-year average.
And the long-tailed duck had quite a presence in this year’s survey. Only 100 of this species were sighted in both 2015 and 2016, but this Januar y teams counted 2,700 of these birds. I’d love to catch a glimpse of a male of this species. They aren’t trends and also lets wildlife biologists know where the birds have decided to spend each winter.
As you can imagine, the numbers vary from year to year. Much of that variation is attributed to weather patterns. If the winter is harsh, many waterfowl will seek refuge farther south, which would increase the numbers in Maryland. But a relatively mild winter means the waterfowl are more likely to stay put in places such as the Bering Sea, Great Lakes and Hudson Bay, so our count would likely go down.
Northeastern states experienced quite a cold snap this past December, which drove a lot of waterfowl, particularly diving ducks, south to Maryland waters. It’s no surprise that the number of wintering waterfowl was up a bit from have the honor of picking his brain for a great piece of advice or see him cast with your own two eyes.
If you meet him at TieFest, make sure to shake his hand. He’s a genuine fishing legend. Midwinter Waterfowl Survey
The results are in for the Midwinter Waterfowl Survey that has been conducted annually since the early 1950s.
Ever y winter, aerial survey teams of pilots and biologists take to the sky to make a visual estimate of how many ducks, geese and swans they spot along the state’s Chesapeake Bay shoreline and Atlantic coast. This yearly survey provides information about population showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Stamp and Harvest Information Program certification.
In addition, hunters must purchase a $5 Mar yland Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season Permit and carry it with them while hunting. A Federal Duck Stamp is not required when hunting during the conservation order season.
There is no bag limit for this season and hunt- ers may harvest greater snow geese, lesser snow geese and Ross’s geese. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells and electronic calls of light geese may be used.
The permits required to participate are available at any DNR sport license agent or online at https://compass.dnr. maryland.gov/dnrcompassportal. called long-tailed ducks for no reason. Light goose permits
The light goose conservation order season will continue through April 15.
Calvert and St. Mary’s counties are included in the permissible hunting zone, as well as the portion of Charles County east of U.S. Route 301. Hunters must possess the printed validation