Anyone who has ever really looked forward to something, whether it's out of town or not, has probably done what I did this morning. A friend and I are going steelhead fishing in upstate New York this Saturday, we're taking a guide and this is our first time steelheading. A greatly anticipated outing. So this morning I checked the weather online for Saturday in Pulaski, NY.
35 and 'rather cloudy.' Sounds pretty good, really. But it could be better. So I do the logical thing and check another weather site. This one had similar temps but included chance of rain (not a bad thing) and freezing rain (a bad thing). So I did what you have to do if you want to control future weather conditions at a distant location: I checked yet a third site. Now we're talking! 43 degrees with showers. Sounds like steelheading weather to me! But with so many conflicting forecasts, can I really trust it? I felt like a gambler in a casino as I let it ride and rolled the dice again: Another 43 with showers!
Not only did I shop around for the forecast I wanted, but I found it twice. How can I be anything short of confident that conditions will be favorable for fishing this Saturday?