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Of Groundhogs and Tiger Kings, Fishing in February

February is here and there are a few interesting things about this.  First it is Groundhog Day.  Lets hope for at least a few more weeks of winter and that darn rodent did not see his shadow.  Or is it the other way.  Either way more snow please.   The second is that it is Lunar new year.   This year is the year of the tiger.  Lets hope it is not the tiger king.  Third February is the shortest month of the year. Fitting for a month about rodents, shadows and tiger kings.  Why does February take so long?  It is because as the calendar flips we are in our spring fishing season.
If you needing to get out this month and scratch the itch. It might be from flees from hanging with groundhogs.  But if you want to fish there are options. The river near town is in full gorge mode.   No fishing from say 8 mile all the way to the lake.  If you want to fish try below Ennis Lake or above Lyons Bridge.   Some good midge hatches have been happening in the Beartrap on afternoons with no wind.  Might just get your dry fly fish for the month.   Buzzballs and paramidges will scoop up anything eating midges.   Otherwise nymphing is the name of the game.  Go deep with lots of lead.  We like stone fly nymphs, midge larva, eggs, worms all on stiff tippet of 2X.   Once you find the fish there should be more in the hole.  Keep at it.
Lots of great stuff to come as long as we get past the rodent tiger king month.  Lots of new inventory arriving daily so stop by the store or check out the website on the inter web.  Remember the advice and coffee are always free.   Keep doing that snow dance as we are currently sitting at 99%.  We could use a few more systems to dump the white stuff.   Snow dances help.  Keep drinking that whiskey and listen to mid 90’s hip hop and you will start to dance.
Let us know if we can help in any way.

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