The words evoke memories, hope and a great deal of excitement among anglers. And so they should. The opener marks the start of open-water fishing after months of drilling holes through ice, cleaning tackleboxes, tying flies or nothing more than dreaming of big fish.
The fishing should be easy now, but it often isn’t. Weather, water temperature and biology can, and usually will, conspire against us. No matter. All we know is that it’s the opener and it’s time to go fishing.
Still, it does make those long, cold months of anticipation all the more worth it when the odds of on-the-water success lie in your favour-and with these helpful pointers from the pros, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t.