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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sage Words from the Icons #11

Heywood "da Mountain Man"...hooked-up!

Fly Fishing

"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

ARNOLD GINGRICH
1969
Let'em Breathe!


"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

Arnold Gingrich, 1969

"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

Arnold Gingrich, 1969

"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

Arnold Gingrich, 1969

"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

Arnold Gingrich, 1969

"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

Arnold Gingrich, 1969

"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

Arnold Gingrich, 1969

"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

Arnold Gingrich, 1969

"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

Arnold Gingrich, 1969

"Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."

Arnold Gingrich, 1969


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yikes..MOSQUITOS!


                             
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..they are here, they'll get denser in the coming weeks. Be prepared. They'll eat you like they did to me yesterday.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Truckee Area Angling Conditions

da Entertainer and Captain Chris at the Swimming Hole

My prognosis on Truckee area fly angling conditions are pretty much spot-on relative to this excerpt of my blog entry "Musing About Spring 2017"
(http://flyfishingcalifornia.blogspot.com/2017/03/musing-about-spring-2017.html)

"...the Spring of 2017 in the Truckee area will be the REVERSE of Spring of 2014. Angling and/or water conditions will be a minimum of  four (4) weeks later than a "normal" season...possibly even 6-8 weeks later."

...Been plying the local waters and I'm going to confirm that we're beyond the minimum four weeks behind relative to a "normal" season. Now I can verify the 6-8 weeks later seems to be about right. As of today we anglers are netting mostly RainBows to 19"...best I've heard through the "grapevine" is a 23" Brown.

My favorite "Hat-Trick" small waters are on the cusp of optimum conditions relative to flows and water temperatures. Do remember that these, IMO, have an approximately a 10-day window of prime angling opportunity. The sequence being; initially a) the water is too high and cold. b) then, fishable flows but still too cold, c) to right flows and water temps [the "10-day window"...fish it!] and ultimately, d) water is too low and too warm...forgetaboutit!

Snow-melt and its resulting run-off is...hopefully...waning. Flows on BT remain heavy with clearing flows and warming water temps. Sub-surface methods will continue to be the most effective techniques; as well on the dammed and undammed sections of the LT. Neither two rivers have rising trout pursuing bugs at the surface...yet. "Selected" stream-inlets into stillwaters have been productive to "on-fire"...
                                                                   JR hooked-up

There is currently no access to both Webber and Milton lakes.

There will be no "dog-days of summer" this year. we'll have plenty of water during the months of August and September...everything will be 6-8 weeks behind a "normal" season...as noted above.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sage Words from the Icons #10


Politics

“If the client brings it up, you can respond, if and only if, you agree. Even then, it is best to steer things in another direction. Most of us get mad when we think about politics, and angry people don’t fish well. I know, I’ve tried it.”
JOHN GIERACH
…from “Guiding & Being Guided” chapter in Sex, Death & Fly Fishing

My Comment: Over the years if a client persists with casual innuendos about politics to see where I’m coming from politically; initially I let the first few attempts slide-by, ignoring the comments. If they persist, then Frankie da Curmudgeon makes an appearance.

I’ve sort of paraphrased Gierach as in: “Politics pisses people-off. And people who are ticked-off can’t fish very well. The only politics I’m receptive to discuss, if you’re willing and you are paying for my time, is fishery politics.




Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day

Let us not forget what Memorial Day is about. It commemorates and honors those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today...Never forget them.

Some of us have served in a combat zone...and lost friends. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

NATIVE SONS TOUR in Truckee


The CONCEPT: Through many years of guiding fly anglers in the Tahoe-Truckee and Graeagle areas; both Jon Baiocchi of Baiocchi’s Troutfitters and Frank R. Pisciotta have noticed a trend. Many of their experienced fly angling clients visiting for the first time or having previously fished the area expressed an interest in becoming more familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the local “wild trout” fisheries; hoping to minimize their “prospecting” time. They engaged Jon or Frank’s services with their prime focus being an orientation to local waters; being guided and catching trout being secondary. These fly anglers want to be briefed about:

1—Most productive techniques
2—Local bugs and respective fly patterns
3—Seasonally ideal angling times
4—Key access points of selected waters

The SPECIFICS: The Tour is designed to give fly anglers what they need to know to be successful when venturing on selected special regulation sectors of the Big Truckee, from the town of Truckee to Hirschdale, and the Little Truckee below Stampede dam. Fly fishers will learn of access points, equipment, tactics, techniques, flies, entomology, and local inside knowledge. The Tour entails a “meet & greet” and PowerPoint presentation on Friday evening. Attendees receive a Tour Packet consisting of a map, essays on both waters, and a hatch chart. A bonus is a copy of the original Truckee & Little Truckee Tips. Saturday we auto-caravan; participates providing their own transportation. Lunch and drinks are included. After lunch we wader up (bring your own gear) and split into two fishing groups; similar to a guide trip.

Tours are limited to six (6). Jon and Frank know they can easily enroll more tour guests, but they want to assure a high quality experience. We maintain a maximum 3-1 ratio of attendee to “tour” guide. Minimally, one of us will conduct the tour and there is a probability that both will conduct the tours jointly.

The TOUR GUIDES: Jon and Frank are the founders of the Native Sons Tours. They are “born & raised” northern Californians with a combined 54 years of guiding fly anglers exclusively on their “home waters” and a near-century, 94 years of fly fishing experience. The tour information dispensed is reliable, timely and ingrained from Jon and Frank’s vast experience. Simply, experience does count. They have always tailored guide trips to the specific desires and skills of the individual client and have planned guest’s time accordingly. Hence the genesis of the Native Sons Tours; to provide a group of experienced fly rodders a short learning curve and cost-effective investment in their angling time.

May 19-20. June 23-24

FEE: $250 per Angler

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

E-QUICKIE FISHING REPORT # 19



Today

"...BT is high, but those who move around looking for soft-water along the banks are getting decent fish and occasionally numbers. Seems that when you locate one, there will be several others in a pod.…Best method is high-stick/tight-lining; your forte.


Last week fished the LT inlet at Boca. In three, 2-hour sessions I netted healthy/thick 16”-18” RB’s...#8 Pat’s Rubberleg/SJ Worm tandem rig, under an indicator and lead. Expect crowds. Inflatables & drift-boats there. Speaking of which, I’m buying a drift-boat (15’ Hyde) to fish the inlets and Milton Lake. Anyone is welcome to fish with me; providing they row this old man (eventually will get motor) and tow boat/trailer.

The inlets will be productive ALL season!"