SURPRISE! Gusty winds hampered true enjoyment of the outdoors yesterday afternoon, despite temps in the 20s. Lower highs, but calmer winds the next two days should facilitate that ice trip you’re looking to take. Play hooky with some hungry fish through this weekend! In the meantime, we find the oddest things in Wal-Mart, and this time, it’s not an internet meme, but a treasure trove of fun fly fishing gear. Whodathunkit? We talk about that, another great retailer for the ND fly angler and an increase in daylight in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Guess where? The fly fishing section…in Mandan’s Wal-Mart! Prince Nymphs, Woolly Buggers, San Juan Worms. Glo Bugs. Wow. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 1/3 – Calm but colder. Hi 11, Lo -3, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Thu 1/4 – Warmer and windless. Hi 18, Lo 4, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:27AM Sunset: 5:08PM
Moonrise: 7:28PM Moonset 9:40AM
Overhead: 2:00AM Underfoot: 2:31PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (97% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:00 – 3:00PM. Take advantage of a nice Edge Hour with low winds, tolerable temps in the almost-teens and moon underfoot for a great afternoon bite!
WAIT? WAL-MART!? That’s right. Imagine our surprise when we wandered into the fishing section at the Mandan Wal-Mart and found tucked into the back corner of the store a selection of flies, leaders, vests, lines, lures and float tube gear the likes of which isn’t seen anywhere until probably five hours west of the Missouri River. We advised the cashier to tell the sporting goods department to leave everything as-is until spring!
FIT TO BE TYING. Of course, the most comprehensive tying shop in North Dakota is Dakota Tackle. With all the tools, materials, hooks and jigs for fly tying, lure making and spinner crafting, Wade and the gang have you covered. From muskie baits to minute trout offerings, Dakota Tackle has all the equipment you need to make your own offerings for whatever you angle for.
ON THE RISE. While it will be awhile before we see rising trout, at least the sun is now coming up earlier and earlier, with the latest sunrise of the year recorded on January 1. We will gain an hour of daylight by the end of the month, with the sun rising a full 20 minutes earlier and setting more than 40 minutes later.