RED HOT. A taste of warmth returns to the region and continues the drying process as warm southerlies bring highs in the mid-70s, perfect for whatever casting you’d like to get in before more fall-like conditions return later this week. We’ve got some journal tips, meteor watches and a quick whip-finish video to keep all your flies and jigs on lock in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: A stretch of sumac turns red with the shift to autumn on a WMA in Morton County, ND. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 9/23 – Nice Monday – Hi 75, Lo 47, Wind S@9, G18
Tomorrow: Tue 9/24 – Winds Build – Hi 69, Lo 53, Wind NW@16, G31
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
12:52AM 4:57PM 8:56AM 9:25PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (33% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:30-9:30AM. Extend the morning bite or your early hour hunt with moon overhead and calm conditions in our Edge Hour.
WRITE THIS DOWN. Monday is a good day to catch up on all your hunting activities. After recounting a good sit on stand or the fantastic waterfowl opener at the water cooler, take a minute or two to write down a quick journal entry, while the action is fresh in your mind (and stave off real work for a few minutes). Saving these stories will help preserve the memory and provide information to rely on in future seasons about the weather, the spots and what was observed.
SHOOTING STAR. Fall is meteor time. With a number of showers coinciding with hunting seasons and early morning sits on stand or in the blind in preparation for sunrise, it’s likely you’ve seen a shooting star in autumn from the Taurids, Orionids or Leonids. Know where to look in the sky by checking out the annual calendar at amsmeteors.org.
MASTERFUL. The whip finish knot is probably the most challenging task a new flytier can undertake. Learning how to use the tool in conjunction with securing the fly in a final wrap takes practice, but like tying shoelaces is as necessary to flies as the bunny ears are to walking. Tightlinevideo has a great Youtube tutorial.