SPRING SHOVELERS. While you’re probably thinking of the soon-returning waterfowl, it’s actually you who’ll be doing the shoveling today as another quick-hitter of a system drops your daily workout once again. Expect four or more inches across southern ND. To get you through, we address the turn of the calendar (or lack of it) in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: “The Bible of Fly Tying” is a spendy, but worthwhile, add to any sportsman’s library, learn more in today’s Three Things. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 4/2 – Winter continues. Hi 25, Lo 15, Wind NE@20, G30.
Tomorrow: Tue 4/3 – Cold Start. Hi 22, Lo 5, Wind N@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:20AM Sunset: 8:14PM
Moonrise: 10:48PM Moonset 8:48AM
Overhead: 3:19AM Underfoot: 3:43PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (94% Full)
WRAP IT UP. While we’d like to say the fly tying season is behind us, it looks like we’ll still have a few more weeks before we can unfurl a line with our winter creations on open water. Back to “the Bible” for more techniques and tactics for just about every pattern under the sun. Leeson & Schollmeyer’s monster manual “The Fly Tier’s Benchside Reference” is one for every fly crafter’s collection. Finding one these days under the cover price of $100 is a rarity – but it’s worth every penny. (We got ours off Ebay in 2005 for $70!)
A WEEK FROM “WARM.” And we use that term loosely. Temperatures will stay stuck below freezing for the next seven days, and the swipe of snow that will trace the ND-SD border won’t help with a quick spring warm up. Note this week’s dumping in central and eastern MT and watch the Missouri stay full this spring and summer, which should spur a good spawn for forage and predator fish in 2018.
LICENSE TO CHILL. Despite the cold and apparent lack of a spring shift, don’t forget with the turn of the calendar now to April, you’ll need a new license in North Dakota for your spring (ice) fishing. Available online, prices for residents range from $16 for a fishing license to $50 for a combination license. Get the breakdown here.