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  • July 4th, ARE YOU KIDDING ME!

    So, I woke up this morning and realized that it's July 4th weekend.  I can't believe it,  Memorial Day was just last week and now I'm in panic mode, this means Labor Day is just around the corner.  No one put this in the manual we got as kids.  It seems like time is going by faster and faster.  As Kenny Chesney says, Don't Blink.

    What have we learned so far up until now?  With the weather and no rain, it seems like everything hatched a few weeks earlier.  Most of the rivers and streams are running like it's August and unless you can catch a hatch on a pond, the trout are deep.  NYS DEC officially announced that the state is officially in a drought.  Unless we get some rain, I'll be sticking to those rivers that have a release for rafting or are spring fed.  By the end of next week if the weather stays the course I'll have to change over to casting poppers for bass. 

    I've also seen less joggers and  more kayaks and SUP's on my favorite bodies of water. A few years ago we saw the same thing with mountain bikes.  Every car had one attached to the roof or bumper. Now it's a boat of some sort.  I've been paddling all spring, well trolling streamers, but still paddling and looking forward to floating some new waters with my wife. 

    And finally, bugs....no bugs, this year they're basically non existent.  I can't remember my last mosquito bite let alone seeing a black fly.  I'm assuming it's because it's so dry.

    In closing, have a great holiday weekend and get out at least one day because Labor Day is too late to start.