Today is the first day of spring. It looks and feels like spring, too. A week ago, we were in a deep freeze, with temperatures well below average, and snow lying on the ground everywhere. As often happens around here, the weather can turn on a dime. Conditions have been really nice outside since the weekend and it looks like it’s going to continue for a while yet. Our daytime temperature is expected to reach 18°C (65°F) today – well above average. The spring thaw is upon us.
It doesn’t take long for anglers to start visiting the Crowsnest River, once temperatures warm and the ice begins to melt. The photo above was taken Monday afternoon upstream of Highway 507. The two fly anglers pictured in the distance had the entire stretch of water to themselves. This likely won’t last for long. Once there’s open, ice-free water flowing in the river, word spreads quickly in all directions. It appears the spring fishing season is also upon us.