SWEET SUMMER! Today’s conditions feel like the first day of summer, with highs in the mid 80s and almost no wind. We’ve got a nice weekend shaping up for your fishing efforts with just a slight chance of rain on Saturday. We talk solstice and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Cock of the Walk. A rooster moves in and out of a grassy edge near Bismarck, N.D. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 6/20 – Feels like summer! Hi 85, Lo 58, Wind L&V
Tomorrow: 6/21 – Rain chance late. Hi 82, Lo 60, Wind S@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:49AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 3:06PM Moonset 2:31AM
Overhead: 9:07PM Underfoot: 8:43AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (63% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:00-10:00PM. Go late in the evening for the day’s Edge Hour with moon overhead and sunset aligning for a good bite.
SOLSTICE. At 5:07am this morning, the solstice occurs, giving us another 90 days of fun in the sun. Also known as St. John’s eve, the date has traditionally been marked with the burning of massive bonfires in Ireland, following Celtic tradition. Should you opt for such a celebration, remember drown-stir-and-feel, but save the ashes. The Celts used them to fertilize crops for a successful harvest.
CONTINUING. Don’t forget that with only 22.7 million acres, the USDA has an open sign-up period for Conservation Reserve Program. Landowners can apply for the remaining 1.3 million acres available for their marginal lands and unfarmable areas to be enrolled in the program which helps prevent soil erosion and water contamination while providing habitat for wildlife. Applications for enrollment must be completed by Aug. 17.
QUICK TIP. Where a second hook is legal for trolling, jigging or adding a dropper to a fly rig, tie up a set of snelled hooks or nymphs on a bit more leader than you’d need and store them on a spinner storage rig. That way they’re ready for deployment and you have an extra-long tag to work with when figuring out how long they need to be on the setup.
Be Ready. Stay Sharp!