Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy carrier Harry S. Truman reaches double milestone in Europe June 21, 2016 Authorities U.S Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) has reached two milestones so far during its Mediterranean Sea sail.The first milestone Truman achieved was the 9,000th arrested landing with the trap of an F/A-18C Super Hornet on June 16.Three days later the ship’s flight deck launched the 2,000th aircraft mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military intervention against the Daesh.Lt. William Godiksen, assigned to VFA 83, successfully completed the 9,000th arrested landing after returning from routine flight operations.“I feel humbled and honored for having made the 9,000th arrestment,” said Godiksen. “It was just coincidence that I had the opportunity at the right time. It’s a nice accomplishment to have, not only for me, but the crew and those who work on the flight deck as we approach the end of our deployment.”Truman’s arresting gear system consists of cables on the flight deck that aircraft tail hooks catch, to decrease speed from approximately 170 mph to 0 mph in order to safely land on a runway about 330 feet long. Below the deck are the arresting gear engines and the sheave dampers that take the initial impact and reduce cable tension, as well as an “anchor” that secures the cables to the ship, all of which are maintained and operated by the ship’s V-2 division of Air Department.When it comes to the sortie milestone, Truman launched the first OIR missions December 28 from the Arabian Gulf, and less than six months later the “Patriots” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 140, the “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 and the “Pukin’ Dogs” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 launched as a wave of aircraft soaring past the strike group to complete a 2,000th sortie.“Two thousand is a strong number — the result of months of teamwork and dedication of every sailor aboard,” said Cmdr. Darren Wilkins, Truman’s air boss. “The only thing more impressive than the quantity of flights is their quality. The ship and the air wing have conducted precision combat missions in two operating areas, demonstrating our inherent flexibility and resolve.” US Navy carrier Harry S. Truman reaches double milestone in Europe Share this article
Posting Job TitleAdjunct Assistant Professor, JapaneseDepartmentAcademic AffairsPosition TypeAdjunct FacultyNumber of openings1Job SummaryThe Foreign Language department is seeking a Japanese adjunctprofessor to teach Elementary and Intermediate level Japaneselanguage courses on Zoom and/or on the JCCC campus. JCCC is locatedin Overland Park, KS, the second largest city in the state ofKansas and part of the greater Kansas City Metro. The Kansas CityMetro is known for its museums, restaurants, and music and artscenes. JCCC is similarly dedicated to creating and maintaining arich cultural community, with an award-winning contemporary artmuseum and center for the performing arts located on campus.JCCC is looking for a diverse pool of applicants for a part-timeadjunct faculty position in the Foreign Language Department toteach Elementary and Intermediate Japanese courses on Zoom and/orthe JCCC campus. The Foreign Language Department is part of theCommunications Division. Many of our students are non-traditional,military veterans, immigrants, international and first-generationcollege students. JCCC has a diverse student population and isdedicated to increasing its diversity.The successful applicant for this job will teach the equivalent of5-10 credit hours per semester in Japanese. This person willperform other duties expected of adjunct faculty, to includecollaborating and working successfully with other full-time andadjunct faculty in the Foreign Language department and other dutiesas assigned. Teaching assignments could be day or evening courses,and hybrid or online and are subject to change as needed.Additional responsibilities include:Provide extra and co-curricular opportunities for Japanese languagestudents.Participate in the planning and administration of all departmentalinitiatives.Participate in on-campus events promoting languages.Complete ACTFL online departmental training.Candidates will be interviewed using zoom and will be asked todemonstrate a 30 minute Zoom class.Required Qualifications-M.A. in Japanese or an MA in a related discipline with at least 18hours of graduate work in Japanese-2 years teaching experience at the post-secondary level and/or 4years of high school teaching experience-Ability to teach elementary and intermediate level Japaneselanguage courses-Excellent communication and collaboration skills-Knowledge of using technology in teachingPreferred Qualifications-Understanding of the climate of post-secondary institutions-Knowledge of ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for LearningLanguages and documentation from ACTFL (OPI) of advanced, mid orhigher in Japanese-PhD in Japanese, East Asian Languages or Cultures or Linguisticswith a focus on the Japanese languageRequired application documentsPlease submit resume/CV, unofficial transcripts, and two letters ofrecommendation: one from a supervisor and one from acolleagueHours per WeekVariesWork Hours/DaysHours and days will vary.Salary Grade LevelAJCRSalaryCompetitive rate of payLocationOverland Park Main CampusDisclosuresEvery employee of the college is expected to treat all members ofthe college community with dignity and respect demonstratingprofessional, courteous and respectful behavior and engage inconstructive conflict resolution, when needed.In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this positionwill be subject to criminal background investigations. Individualhiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employmenttests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of theapplicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require thoseselected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degreesobtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged toapply prior to the review date listed in posting.Johnson County Community College welcomes the application of anyqualified candidate and does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, age, sex, religion, marital status, national origin,disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity,genetic information or other factors which cannot be lawfullyconsidered, to the extent specified by applicable federal and statelaws.If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonableaccommodation in the application process, please contact the Officeof Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email [email protected] a summary of all disclosures (Background check, Clery Act, ADA,EOE, etc.) refer to the links on our Career page.Advertised: 12 Nov 2020 Central Standard TimeApplications close: 17 May 2021 Central Daylight Time
Twitter Pinterest Pinterest By Network Indiana – May 23, 2020 0 565 (“Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, IN” by Josh Hallett, Creative Commons) SPEEDWAY, Ind. — The Brickyard 400 is going to happen, says Mark Miles President and Chief Executive Officer of Penske Entertainment.Miles told JMV on 107.5 The Fan he and new Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske have been working diligently to make sure there is racing at IMS come July. With the shakeup in scheduling because of the coronavirus pandemic, NASCAR and IndyCar will be sharing track time at IMS Fourth of July weekend.“The plans we’re looking at giving us a lot of confidence that the state could be, the city could be in Stage Five by that weekend,” Miles said. “By the middle of June, we’re going to have to have to say ‘we’re going with fans, and here’s how we’re going to do it.’Miles said they have not made a decision yet on whether or not fans will be allowed to attend both the Big Machine Vodka 400 and GMR Grand Prix the weekend of July 4.“But we’re going that race either way,” Miles said confidently. “The Xfinity cars, the Cup cars, and the IndyCars are going to be on this track one way or another.”Even though live racing returned this week with NASCAR completing two races at Darlington Raceway, it’s a piece of good news the racing community certainly needs. Especially with the news that IndyCar has had to cancel two races this week.IndyCar confirmed Thursday both races scheduled for Richmond, June 27, and Toronto, July 12 have been canceled.“It doesn’t look like there’s going to be another opportunity this year for Toronto,” said Miles. “It’s so hard to set up a street race in a city like Toronto. To guess there is another time in the future you could do it is probably a bridge too far.”Miles is still confident the IndyCar season will be a success with fourteen races still on the docket. He said in light of the canceled race at Richmond they will not be doing a double-header on the road course at Road America in Wisconsin.IndyCar’s Road America race was rescheduled to the weekend of July 11 and will no have a second race on July 12. It will also be IndyCar’s third double-header event of the season with double-headers already planned for Iowa Speedway in the weekend after Road America and at Laguna Seca in September. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Penske CEO: There will be a Brickyard 400 race Twitter Google+ Facebook Google+ Previous articleGov. Whitmer extends stay-at-home order until June 12Next articleThousands left without power after severe thunderstorms blow through Michiana Network Indiana
As Gov’t Mule prepares to kick off an extensive summer touring schedule tonight at SummerStage NYC in Central Park, the band has announced a fall European tour, including stops in Ireland, Scotland, England, France, and Germany. The Europe run, which extends from late October through early November, will include a special Halloween celebration on October 31st, though the location of Mule-o-Ween ’17 has yet to be announced.According to the announcement on the band’s website, “Gov’t Mule will return to Europe including the first ever Halloween performance abroad. Those of you who follow our ‘mule-vements’ know we always do something special to commemorate All Hallows Eve. Being able to do so this year, for the very first time in Europe, is extremely exciting for us. It’s something we’ve been thinking about and hoping to do for several years.”The location of the Halloween performance, as well as a scheduled date three days earlier on October 28th, are listed as “TBA” in the announcement, although the band’s October 30th show is officially scheduled at Le Trianon in Paris, France. Wherever Warren Haynes and company are plotting their Halloween plans, you can be sure that the band will pull out all the stops for such a special occasion.See below for the list of announced dates for Gov’t Mule’s Fall 2017 European Tour. For a full list of upcoming dates, or to purchase tickets to any of the shows, head to the band’s website.Gov’t Mule European Tour:22 Oct at Academy in Dublin, IE24 Oct at Queens Hall in Edinburgh, UK26 Oct at Ritz in Manchester, UK27 Oct at Tramshed in Cardif, UK28 Oct at TBA in TBA30 Oct at Le Trianon in Paris, FR31 Oct at TBA in TBA2 Nov at Fabrik in Hamburg, DE3 Nov at Huxleys in Berlin, DE4 Nov at Backstage Halle in Munich, DE5 Nov at Schlachthof in Weisbaden, DE7 Nov at Forum Leverkusen in Leverkusen, DE[Cover photo via Dave Vann]
What do the American Revolution, public education, HIV/AIDS research, the living wage, and rock ’n’ roll have in common? For Timothy Patrick McCarthy and John McMillian, the answer is clear: They’re samples of the many achievements by radicals.Activism has long been a subject of interest for the two Quincy House residents and instructors.“We have both been profoundly moved by the challenges that historians have posed to the traditional, so-called ‘great man’ version of history, where social change comes from the top down rather than the bottom up,” said McCarthy, lecturer on history and literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and adjunct lecturer on public policy and director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. “We very much believe that social change comes from the grassroots, from the margins, and from the people.”McCarthy and McMillian met 15 years ago as graduate students at Columbia University. While separately teaching a popular course there on the American radical tradition headed by Eric Foner, both recognized the need for a single anthology of primary sources tracing the history of radical movements in the United States from the country’s founding to the present. This teaching experience eventually led to their collaboration on “The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition” (The New Press, 2003), now in its second printing.McCarthy and McMillian, a continuing education and special programs instructor, have since co-edited a second volume, “Protest Nation: Words that Inspired a Century of American Radicalism” (The New Press, 2010). The compendium, which focuses on the 20th century, includes 29 documents, each introduced by the editors, ranging from speeches by Malcolm X and Harvey Milk to manifestos, letters, and essays on gay rights and civil rights, feminism, economic and environmental justice, and animal liberation.McMillian, who has served as a lecturer in history and literature, hopes that the book will encourage a more charitable understanding of the history of American radicalism.“It’s astonishing to look back at these movements led by people who were despised and faced incredible criticism from the dominant culture, and yet today we celebrate them as heroes,” he said.“We set out to restore the integrity of radicalism,” added McCarthy, “to say that these kinds of grassroots mobilizations and critiques from the margin have not only authority, but integrity. It’s important to understand this radical tradition and to convey to students and readers that listening to these voices and taking them seriously is required of us if we’re really going to understand history in its fullest dimensions.”Since 2002 McCarthy, along with John Stauffer, professor of English and of African and African American Studies, has taught “American Protest Literature from Tom Paine to Tupac,” a course also offered through the Harvard Extension School that is on track to become a General Education course next year.McCarthy and McMillian worry about the future of social movements. The campaign to abolish slavery lasted roughly 35 years. Continually inundated with new images and information, the current generation, they said, may not have the attention span or risk-taking spirit to start and sustain such a long movement.“We have thought that maybe we would see a rekindling of activism of the type we saw in the 1960s,” said McMillian. “There is a grassroots social protest movement happening, but it’s coming from the right. The left has not been mobilized quite as vigorously.”“Protest Nation” serves as a “field manual” of sorts for progressive activists who seek to place themselves within a history of rebellion.“There is no shortage of things in the world that are wrong, that need people to act in courageous ways,” said McCarthy. “This generation is searching for its calling, and there is no shortage of things to call them. Whether or not they will take up these issues is another question. I think that’s the question for every generation.”
In between preparing for exams and writing papers, students at Saint Mary’s have the opportunity this week to explore the history of the College during Heritage Week at the College. The week is an annual event sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and is designed to celebrate and educate students about the rich traditions at Saint Mary’s. Throughout the week, students, faculty and staff are treated to various presentations, dinners and giveaways. The Heritage Tours, led by Sr. Veronique Wiedower, vice president of mission at the College and Sister of the Holy Cross since 1973 continually attract Belles ready to learn about their campus. Students visit multiple halls, rooms and buildings on campus and are given a history lesson as they walk throughout campus. Senior and student body president Maureen Parsons said the tours are a great way for students to get in touch with the roots of their education and develop a deeper appreciation of the four years they spend at the College. “We offer Heritage Week Tours so current students can learn about past women at the College who made a difference while they were here and after they graduated,” she said. “It is also an opportunity to see how far the College has come over the decades and improved over the years.” Wiedower said the College was first founded more than 150 years ago when four sisters traveled from LeMans, France to Notre Dame, Indiana. They ended up in Bertrand, Mich. where they remained until 1855 when they moved to the College’s current home, across the street from the University of Notre Dame. “When we first came here, we were a big farm,” Wiedower said. “There was nothing here.” Wiedower said Saint Mary’s Academy, which became Saint Mary’s College in the late 1920’s after the construction of LeMans Hall, has always been “more than just a finishing school.” “From the very beginning, we’ve tried to educate the whole woman,” she said. “We try to incorporate the fine arts, sciences, math and language.” Mother Augusta served as the first headmistress of Saint Mary’s Academy. Her parents loved the land so much, they moved to the area from Ohio to be with their daughter. According to Wiedower, the Avenue, one of the College’s most iconic features, resulted from the work of Mother Augusta’s stepfather. Wiedower said she likes to start the tours on the front steps of Holy Cross Hall because of the special view it grants the participants. “From the front porch of Holy Cross, you can see the Avenue,” she said. “Some of the sycamore trees that line that road are over 150 years old. They’re one of our legacies from the early days.” In addition to the Avenue, the College is also home to many courtyards and gardens. Wiedower said these are prevalent throughout the campus because of the College’s mission statement. “It says in our mission statement that we strive for aesthetic appreciation,” she said. “That’s why on campus we try to incorporate beauty in a lot of ways.” In the early years of Saint Mary’s Academy, Wiedower said about half of the Sisters of the Holy Cross left their education commitments in Notre Dame, Indiana to answer President Abraham Lincoln’s call to religious women to act as nurses during the Civil War. “We were on the ship ‘Red Rover,’ which was the traveling hospital on the Mississippi River,” she said. “After the war, we received a letter from the U.S. Navy saying we were the first naval nurses.” Wiedower said the College has always prioritized the maintenance of a strong relationship to Notre Dame. “Back then, we saw the campuses as one big campus,” she said. “Over here, we had women. Across the street, we had men.” These connections and ties between the two schools came about as a result of the work of Fr. Sorin, founder of Notre Dame, and Mother Angela, the directress of the College from 1853 to 1870 and again from 1886 until her death in 1887. “As a young girl, Mother Angela was visiting her brother, who was a student at Notre Dame,” Wiedower said. “Fr. Sorin spoke to her and in the week she was here, she decided to stay as a Sister of the Holy Cross. She was American-born, with lots of political and military connections and an American education.” Mother Angela and Fr. Sorin worked together to develop the two schools over the years, in a legacy that Wiedower said still lives on. “What Fr. Sorin had envisioned, Mother Angela built,” she said. “Together, the two of them built up Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame together.” Wiedower said the focus of the College has evolved over the years in order to adapt to the changes of the times. She said in the early history of Saint Mary’s, the College was focused on building institutions. However, the Sisters of the Holy Cross focus more on global issues. “We wan to instill values in people, like about the Earth and climate crisis, non-violence and solidarity with the poor,” she said. “Now, it’s not about adding buildings but building people of values. We want students to leave Saint Mary’s prepared to make a difference and understand what is going on in the world and what are the needs of it.” Heritage Tours are available throughout the rest of the week at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. To experience a tour or other events throughout the week, visit the SGA Facebook page and sign up via the Google Document. Wiedower said she also offers tours other times throughout the year, including during the upcoming Junior Mom’s Weekend. To check availability and find out about scheduling a tour at other times during the year, call the Office of Mission.
It’s not just members of the athletic department who help craft the Notre Dame fan experience. A group of 24 passionate Notre Dame fans make up the ND Fan Council, a diverse group of Notre Dame athletics fan who work with the athletic department to enhance the Notre Dame experience for students and visiting fans at various athletic events.Assistant athletics director Brian Pracht said the athletic department tried to choose an accurate representation of the many types of Notre Dame fans for the Fan Council, which is now in its second year.“We had an online application system where we got to know a little bit about them,” Pracht said. “They were able to tell us why they thought they would be a good Fan Council member … and then we did the best that we could from that grouping of applications. … We’ve averaged about 600 apps the last two years, and then we combed through those applications to try to find what we felt like was a good representation of Notre Dame fans, a cross section of fans.”Associate American studies professor Richard Pierce, a member of the Fan Council, said in an email the diversity of the Fan Council is one of the group’s most valuable assets.“In the many committees I’ve been a member of at the University, this one is as good — or better — than any of them,” Pierce said. “The diverse perspectives add layers to and about events which I thought that I knew well. It’s been very refreshing.”Senior member of the Council Robert Murphy said in addition to the differences between members of the group, their common bond through Notre Dame athletics helps them work together toward mutual goals.“It’s cool because we’re all brought together under one passionate fandom, so even though some people are flying in, some are subway Domers, I think we’re able to build off each other because we all want to see, more or less, similar things happen,” Murphy said. “We want to see good teams out there, we want to see passionate fans and the ways in which, coming from different places, we’re able to add our different insights is really what brings value to the program.”The group meets four times a year, Pracht said, but continues to be productive between meetings due to the open communication between members of the Fan Council and the athletic department.“What we’re trying to do is build relationships with fans who maybe felt like they haven’t had a voice in the past,” he said. “There’s been … much positive [collaboration] to come from the interactions that we have between the meetings because there’s been a good, open dialogue with our fans, and these are fans that we typically don’t know a lot about other than maybe what they presented to us in their application, so it’s really been good.”Assistant director of Notre Dame research Veronica Kozelichki, a Council member, said in an email she hopes to be able to fully take advantage of the opportunity she and the other members have been given to help improve a place they have all come to love.“Everyone on the Council came to love Notre Dame through their unique paths in their lives,” Kozelichki said. “I was really touched hearing others’ stories of how they became fans and how much Notre Dame means to them. … As for me — I’m hoping to further ingrain myself into Notre Dame. There’s a lot more I can learn from Notre Dame and, in return, I want to make Notre Dame go from great to the very best.”Murphy said he appreciates having his voice heard as a student and learning further explanations about decisions that affect the student body.“I think there’s three students on the committee, and I like the idea that we’re getting a voice in the process, especially when it comes to things like ticketing process and how that works, because that’s changed a few times — at least while I’ve been at school here,” he said. “I know they’re constantly refining it, and kind of being able to hear their side of the story and their logic as well as our side — it’s good to know that there’s communication there.”Pracht said he tries to focus on topics that have a significant impact on the fan experience at Notre Dame during the meetings.“We generally are talking about things that have an impact on the fan experience or fan engagement opportunities that we are either considering or have recently launched, new initiatives and things that feel like could be beneficial to the fans and to the athletic department,” he said. “There’s a myriad of marketing, digital media, ticketing-type discussions that take place.”The group also has more interactive discussions. Murphy said one of his favorite moments during the Fan Council’s first four-hour long meeting was a question and answer session with vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick.“We had basically a one-hour open Q-and-A session with Jack Swarbrick, which was probably the highlight in terms of just being able to pick his brain a bit about whatever we were interested in, and that was really cool,” he said. “Being able to see what he does and how many different things he is looking at, at the same time, was really cool and it really gave me a new appreciation for his job and the great job he does at it.”It was these activities, as well as the liveliness and camaraderie of the group that made the meeting fly by, Pierce said.“We had a four-hour first meeting, and it didn’t feel like four hours,” he said. “Any committee meeting where time doesn’t drag is a very good thing.”Pracht hopes the Fan Council members take away a sense of “ownership” in the Notre Dame athletics brand from this experience.“What I’ve said to them, and I feel like last year’s group agreed, is that by the end of the season they are truly brand ambassadors for Notre Dame athletics because they know a lot more about our operation and what we’re trying to accomplish,” Pracht said. “They know the challenges, the obstacles, the opportunities and they feel like they’re just much more educated about what we’re doing and we’re very transparent with them, and they feel like they actually have some ownership in what we’re doing from the fan experience and fan engagement side of our business.”Kozelichki said she already feels as though the group is making a difference.“It is a magical experience when you gather the right group of highly passionate and motivated individuals around a worthy cause,” she said. “The ND Fan Council is a catalyst for positive change and it is a true honor to be a part of such a dynamic group of people.”Tags: athletics department, Fighting Irish, ND Fan Council
Vermont’s High-Tech Exports Total $2.8 Billion in 200775 Percent of All Exports from Vermont Are High-Tech GoodsWoburn, MA (September 23, 2008) – AeA, the nation’s largest technology trade association representing all segments of the high-tech industry, today released its annual report detailing national and state trends in the international trade of high-tech goods. The report, Trade in the Cyberstates 2008: A State-by-State Overview of High-Tech International Trade, covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.Despite the fact that high-tech exports fell for a second year in a row, Vermont continues to have the highest concentration of high-tech exports in the nation – 75 percent of all exports from Vermont are high-tech goods. Ninety percent of the state’s tech exports are semiconductors. Overwhelmingly, the leading destination for high-tech exports from Vermont is Canada.”It’s vital to understand that Vermont’s economy is extremely dependent on the well-being of the technology sector,” said Anne Doherty Johnson, Executive Director, AeA New England Council. “With 75 percent of all exports coming from the high-tech industry – supporting 11,500 jobs in the state – it is critical to ensure that we have the right pro-business policies in place to support the growth of Vermont’s tech companies.”Nationally, Trade in the Cyberstates 2008 shows that U.S. high-tech goods exports decreased by three percent in 2007, totaling $214 billion, representing 18 percent of all U.S. exports to the world. High-tech imports totaled $333 billion in 2007, up by three percent, resulting in a high-tech trade deficit of $118 billion. High-tech exports supported 894,600 jobs in the United States.Trade in the Cyberstates 2008 provides a comprehensive review of international trade of high-tech goods at the national and state-by-state level. The report provides overview pages for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These “snapshot” pages highlight historical high-tech export trends, exports by individual tech sector, and leading export destinations.This report is a partner publication to AeA’s other two annual cyber publications, Cyberstates and Cybercities, which provide data on high-tech jobs, wages, payroll, and other factors at the state and metropolitan levels.AeA members can purchase each of these reports for $125; non-members for $250. Visit www.aeanet.org/research(link is external) to purchase the reports.What Does High-Tech Trade Mean for Vermont?* $2.8 billion in high-tech exports (22nd ranked cyberstate)* Down $298 million in tech exports between 2006 and 2007* 75 percent of exports from Vermont are tech exports (ranked 1st)* 11,500 jobs in Vermont are supported by tech exportsVermont’s Leading Tech Export Destinations:* $1.1 billion in tech exports to Canada* $338 million in tech exports to Hong Kong* $251 million in tech exports to South KoreaVermont’s Leading Tech Export Sectors:* 6th in semiconductor exports at $2.5 billion* 32nd in computers and peripheral equipment exports at $138 million* 39th in industrial electronics exports at $74 millionSource: Trade in the Cyberstates 2008Data are for 2007.Published by AeA, Advancing the Business of Technology (www.aeanet.org(link is external))
Here in the Southeast, we are blessed with a year round trout fishery. Just like the different seasons of the year, trout behaviors can change dramatically depending on what the weather and water conditions are doing. Many anglers hang their waders up in the winter time, and wait for warmer days of Spring. It’s a shame, because these guys are missing out on some great fishing (with the right approach). Here are a few tips to make your next winter fly fishing trip a success.1. PICK A LOCATION YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN.Confidence is everything. Pick a location you are familiar with and have had success in before. Typically when I set out in search of bending a rod in the winter time I rule out those high elevation creeks and blue lines that are so much fun in the Spring and Summer. These types of streams don’t see a lot of sunlight during the winter months, and since they are located up higher in the mountains where air temps are cooler the water temps will be a good bit cooler as well. Bigger watersheds are normally found in lower altitudes, and since the streambed is wider they receive much more sunlight that helps raise water temps which makes the fish more eager to feed. Tail-water fisheries may even be the best bet since they stem from a lake, and water temps remain pretty consistent over all. All this being said, having confidence in where you set out to go might be the most important deciding factor of all. If you know there are fish where you are fishing, all that’s left to do is figure out what they will eat.2. FISH THE APPROPRIATE TYPES OF WATER. So you have arrived at the stream or river you have picked for the day. You have probably got some good memories of certain pools, riffles or runs that you have had success in at different times of the year. That’s a great starting point, but remembering that fish behave differently at different times of year, there are a couple things you can do to maximize your hook up rate. The first thing to do is SLOW DOWN. The fish are there, but they are cold just like you are. They aren’t going to move 10 feet to grab your fly…..this time of the year they may only move a few inches or a couple feet (especially in the morning, or on extremely cold days). Instead of putting a few casts in each likely spot and moving on, put 30 casts in the most likely spots. READ THE WATER…look for places that have drop offs with moderate current running over them. The trout don’t want to expend a lot of energy this time of year, they want to sit in a place where they have access to food drifting in the current, but they don’t want to have to work too hard to stay there. Remember that pool you fished in the fall and caught a bunch of fish in right at the top where the current dumps in? Well the fish are probably still in that pool, but they might not be sitting in that strong current they were in when the water was warmer. Try the tail-out of the pool…is there a deeper channel in that tail out? Is there a current break that makes a nice seam line? 3. LET THE FISH TELL YOU WHAT THEY WANT.For the most part fishing in winter months includes a lot of nymph fishing. Especially during the morning hours when water temps are at their coldest, or on really cold days the trout will typically be deep, and to get strikes you have to put the flies where the fish are. I like fishing tandem nymph rigs during these situations (two nymphs rigged in tandem on your leader). This allows me to play around with my flies and see what the fish are keying in on. Normally, I find myself fishing one bigger fly like a stonefly paired with another smaller nymph or midge that is likely what is most available to the trout at this time of year. Play around with it….if you are confident there are fish in front of you, don’t leave until you are starting to get some strikes. If you catch a fish, make a mental note of what the fish ate and where he ate it, because if you can find another place similar to that one, chances are you will be successful there as well. Don’t get stuck on the nymphs though! Especially in the later months of February we can have some amazing hatches here in the Southern Appalachians. Sometimes you will notice the bugs before you notice the fish feeding on them. If you are seeing bugs, try finding a nice flat pool where you will easily notice any disturbance on the surface…..and then take a seat for a while. If we are talking early Feb, the bugs will probably be small (dark winter stones, midges, or blue winged olives). If this is the case those flat pools are your best bet to taking a fish on top. Look for “dimples”….they won’t be real splashy rises. The tip of their nose or tail might be all that breaks the surface. Try to figure out which it is. If you see the fishes nose come out, your dry fly is the answer, if it’s his tail you’ll want to fish an emerger just under the surface, or hang a zebra midge just under a small dry fly for strike detection. If you are lucky enough to be on the stream in one of those mild late Feb days when temps get in the 50’s or better, have your dry fly box at hand. Blue Quills and Quill Gordons could start coming off at any time. These are probably my favorite hatches of the year, and I think the trout will agree. These are some of the biggest bugs the fish have seen in a long time, and they drop their guard and go to eating. You don’t have to get real technical with it, a traditionally tied imitation in the right size and color will get plenty of attention. Pick a rising fish, take your time to get into position, and make a nice drag free drift to it. So you blew the cast and put the fish down? It happens to all of us. Give that one a few minutes to rest, and once you see him rising again try another shot.4. WORK WITH THE CONDITIONS AT HAND.In a perfect world, we could watch the weather forecast and water conditions, and pick the best day to go fishing. Just remember, the best day to go fishing is the day you CAN go fishing. So you have time to get out, but conditions aren’t optimal….that’s life right? Invest some money into some good foul weather gear, and you’ll surprise yourself as to what kind of weather you can comfortably fish in, and be successful at it. With the exception of extreme weather (flooding/drought), here in the Southern Appalachians fish can be caught any day of the year. Getting out in all types of weather conditions will magnify your understanding of trout and the way they act ten-fold! It’s like anything else, it won’t happen overnight, but the more you do it the more you will understand it. Pretty soon you will begin to pick up on all the little subtle clues that are going on around you, and begin to put them together like a jigsaw puzzle. That’s why we love this sport right? Its challenging, and if it were easy it would be boring.5. BE PREPARED.There is nothing worse than figuring out what the fish are doing, and not having the right flies to maximize on the opportunity. Here are a list of flies that I will never leave home without on a February outing: Dark winter stones – this is the primary hatch for most streams in the south during most of February. I carry both the nymph and dry fly version in size 14-16 Zebra copper johns and prince nymphs imitate the nymph, and a sparsely tied black caddis works for the dry in case you can’t come up with a direct imitation of the winter stone. Midges – although they are small, and some time a pain to a lot of fisherman, midges are widely available to the fish all times of the year, and can be deadly effective. For the most part, and assortment of olive, red, and black zebra midges in sz 18-22 will work for the sub-surface imitation. For a dry fly a Griffiths Gnat in 18 – 22 is about all you need. Blue Winged Olives – these guys hatch sporadically throughout the colder months, and they really like overcast days. Have some in sizes 16-20….personally I like the dry flies tied parachute style. For the nymph, a pheasant tail works great. Blue Quills – probably the first major hatch that typically begins in late Feb. These guys are about a size 14 or 16. A traditionally tied (catskill version) dry fly works great. If they are hatching I rarely find myself fishing a nymph, but a soft hackle pheasant tail would do the trick. Quill Gordon – these are the BIG GUYS. They normally range from a size 8 – 12! The Catskill tied version works great for a dry fly, and again if they are hatching you won’t find me with a nymph on but if you must, a soft hackle hare’s ear will do. Black Caddis – most of the time these guys are found in March, but I have seen them around in late Feb, so it doesn’t hurt to have some. Caddis are a little more tricky than mayflies. I have found swinging a dark-colored soft hackle downstream in a size 14 is much more effective than dead drifting a dry fly. But again, it doesn’t hurt to carry a few Black Elk Hair Caddis in 14-16. Attractors –there are many bugs available to the fish that don’t hatch during the time you are fishing, and many flies that don’t necessarily imitate one thing, but a wide range of things. Here are some attractors that have worked well for me during the winter months: Pats Rubber Leg Stone in sizes 8-12Zug Bugs sizes 12-16Prince Nymphs size 8 – 16Soft Hackle Hares Ear size 14-18Guides Choice Hares ear size 12-18Sassi Solution 14-18Rainbow Warrior sz 16-20Partridge & Olive sz 16 – 20Parachute Adams sz 10 – 18Wooly Bugger Olive sz 6-12Squirmy Worm sz 14.Hopefully some of these tips will encourage you to get out and enjoy a few blissful days this February. The fishing can be fantastic, and rarely do you have to put up with the crowds! For any further questions, please call Brookings Anglers @ (828) 743 3768. Happy fishing![divider]about the author[/divider]Matt Canter was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He spent his youth fishing farm ponds in between family trips to the mountains and the coast, where fishing tended to be the activity of choice. While attending Western Carolina University, Matt spent as much or more time on the rivers as he did in the classroom. After several years of managing Brookings’ Cashiers Village Anglers, Matt made a life long wish come true, and became an owner in the business.
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