Last year the first day I fished in March was the 26th. I think, or rather just hope to god, that this year I will be able to fish and actually catch well before then. But who knows. If the snow melts quickly it will make a huge mess out of the river. Dangerous ice dams and associated flooding are a legitimate concern. I wish luck to anyone who live next to a stream more then a couple feet wide. If there is a blowout, the streams will also come down fast and be in good condition in a week or two. Also possible, the snow could melt slowly and the conditions could remain just on the border of optimal. Third option, light occasional rain could lead to rough conditions on the river until April. Personally I'm hoping for a quick blowout after some heavy rains just to get rid of all the snow, but there is very little chance of that this coming week. Honestly I think we still have a bit of waiting left here before even the small streams are fisheable and hikeable here in CT. In the meantime I'll be casting the eight weight in the front yard.