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It's no secret to anyone who reads this blog that one of my favorite outdoor activities is fishing trout streams.

Early February, with feet of snow on the ground, is not the time of the year many are thinking about getting on trout streams around, here, though.

This is a good time of year to get ready for April though, and not just with indoor activities like tying flies or preparing gear for getting on the water.

A few winters ago I was looking for a good place to go snowshoeing, and decided to ride out to Granville, where there was more snow at the time, and walk along some public land on the Mettawee River just east of the state line.

With the brush under snow and leaves off trees, I had good views of the river, and spotted some pools and riffles that I hadn't got into before, areas I have fished since with good success.

It is a lot easier to move along rivers and streams when the greenery is dead. So a couple of times a winter, I try to get out along streams like the Batten Kill, Black Creek or Mettawee to find some new spots that look fishable.

I found one of my favorite stretches of Black Creek this way three winters ago. It's a good way to combine an outdoor activity like snowshoeing with some preseason preparation.

-- Don Lehman



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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