Some Optimism for Friday
In Pittsburgh, I’m used to the unpredictable weather. We seem to live in a certain bubble where forecasts are a little less ‘scientific hypothesis’ and a little more ‘documented shrug.’ The East-coast has certainly seen its share of strange weather this winter. Or, at least, what memory presents as strange weather. I clearly remember unseasonable temperatures last winter, so perhaps, like everywhere else in life, I’m the out-of-touch one.
Regardless, our ability to predict stream conditions diminish the further we are from our home waters. That certainly applies to Steelhead Alley. Lake effect precipitation patterns combine with slick, slate-bottomed streams to muddy potential prognosises. When exacerbated by unreliable fishing or stream reports, forecasts can become muddier than the chocolate-milk often found flowing through Elk Creek after your two-hour drive northward. And trust me. That can be frustrating af.
Nevertheless, yinzers (Pittsburghers) are increasingly chasing chrome in the Erie tribs, and I’m no exception. The prize is a tempting one, so I’ll find myself excuses to drive North.
Speaking of which, reports are currently indicating low, clear stream conditions. Snow starts tonight which should be able to raise and moderate stream levels/turbidity. Air temps fluctuating above and below the melting point will help, and hopefully the sustained winds of 11-20mph will keep the anglers away. Conditions should be perfect for my day off on Friday.
What a coincidence.
Anyway, as I’m restocking all my essential patterns, I’ll be posting some tutorials for anyone that might be interested. If I leave out any of your favorite patterns, lemme know what should be in my box instead.