Wednesday, December 17, 2014
...been awhile. Thought I'd check-in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and healthy and prosperous 2015. We visited with family in Weed CA for Thanksgiving
Well we're getting snow. It is a good start for the "water year" (which actually starts in July). Let's hope these storms continue; California...and the fish...need it. I hear that we'll need 150% of normal to get us out of this three year D. Here's hoping that the "storm window" remains open for next three months....minimum. Cheers! with a nice Hot-Buttered Rum.
...and the fishing:
I haven't been out for awhile. Guess I've become a fair-weather angler; it has been really cold in the mountains. Actually right now I'm nurturing a cold and a very congested nose; a Hot-buttered Rum has been a good de-congester.
Here is my last fly fishing adventure:
Simply, I lost my biggest Brown of the year (actually biggest trout of the year) the Monday before Thanksgiving. I had this fish on for over a minute (actually ACT II if you're familiar with Lani Waller's writing). It broke-off when the fly line got entangled in my wading staff (as in Thy Rod and Staff for those unaware my DBA). So, my rod and staff did not comfort me!
The episode started with a very sublte "take-down" of my indicator. I set-up, and felt several, slow head-shakes. Then the unforeseen surged quickly upstream to the top of the run ripping minimally 40-45 feet of line. It stopped, then leaped with three aerial head-tail whumps...and splashed back into the water; immediately heading back towards me. I countered by using my patented "spaghetti-retrieve", safely recovering all the line below my control-finger...so I thought. I still had the fish on a tight leash as it raced past and below me by about 30'. Then bink!! fish gone...I looked down at a loop of recovered line wrapped around my staff.
Conservatively, I guessed its size at a minimum of 25", possibly 28". When it was airborne I noticed its thickness, so it was easily a 5 pounder at the smallest guess and up to 8-9 pounds at the larger guesstiment. It was a thrill and an interesting end to my 2014 season, if only...
Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
9/28 E-Quickie---"Fall is here and the “second season” has commenced. The weather is changing, water remains low and clear, plus the water temps are cooling. Starting the 3rd week of September, the trout are grabbier, possibly sensing the sparse availability of food during the upcoming winter. Anticipate unpredictable climatic conditions, thus wear clothing layers. Bugs featured during the next few weeks are tiny, BWO’s along with the huge October Caddis. Do not forget egg patterns…NOT on redds!...egg-eaters will be on the look-out for them. Lakes conditions will remain quite fishable until the first significant snows occur. Davis and Crowley lakes, north and south of Truckee, are good choices now. Now, get out there."
10/1 E-Quickie---"Fish are rising on LT…small stuff on top and under…challenging but fun! BT; dry/dropper in the pockets…both waters low and crystal clear…fall weather is fabulous
Friday, August 29, 2014
Prior to March of 2007's new Truckee River regulations; what creek was the downstream boundary of the river's special regulation water in California?
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
August started warm and remained so until there was a bit of relief during the second week which provided welcome rain; then hot days followed...again. As I was talking on the phone on my back-deck during the third week of the month I saw a CDF helicopter and then an aerial-bomber pass overhead...I kept my fingers crossed because of the tinder dry fuel in the area (...after the short-lived wet weather events) The eternal hope is that it was nothing threatening. Well it was the early-stages of a brush fire near the Boca Dam that was quickly put-out by firefighters and consumed only 84 acres. Thank you CDF and other agencies involved for the quick and efficient response/suppression.
During late July and into August the BT flows were getting lower and the water temps were progressively increasing to stressful levels for the trout. Locally there was a proposed voluntary Hoot-Owl-Closure. It entailed leaving the Truckee River before noon and/or when the water temps were breaching into the high 60's and not returning to the river until the next day starting at 0600 . I volunteered and during the period I declined 6-7 guide dates. For sure it cost me money, but, the health of the fishery always comes FIRST! trumping the $$$.
...now to the fly fishing.
Trout are active and being fooled with either dry-dropper combos in the pocket-water and riffles or indicator rigs in the deep pools or run (if you can find them). Standard fare; attractor dries sized 12-16 trialing 16-20 BH generics and in the deep water, 2-4 #6 lead, Flesh-Juans trialing non-descript, 14-18 trailers. No big fish, to 16", but satifying numbers of 8"-11" browns and rainbows.
temperatures and hungry trout.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Throughout the month of July we've netted some decent trout. There have been sparse numbers of 20"-plus trout; more higher-end of 20"-, both Rainbows and Browns. For the bigger fish; you have to target them...and timing is important. There has not been a lot of showing fish at the surface and the most productive method has been going-down "low & slow". My tried & true advice is to go big/small in sizes in your tandem rigs and adjust the lead...as in "when in doubt, add".
Hatches have waned, even though we haven't witnessed reliable and sustained emergences. While seining for clinics I've had to make repeated attempts to get samples of the stream's bugs...more so than in a "normal" year.
It has been an interesting July ...weather-wise. We've experienced above normal and record hot, humid days. It has exasperated the already...at times...marginal fly fishing conditions relative to low flows and warming waters.
Most recently, starting last Wednesday the 16th, the skies turned grey and foreboding; accompanied by some light sprinkles along with the distant sound of boomers and flashes of lighting. Then Thursday I flash-backed to Vietnam; a two hour deluge in the late afternoon. For sure we need the dampness and we hope it continues...the trout need all the water they can get and cooler flows.
My 3/9/14 "prognosis" has proven to be spot-on...we need a BIG winter!
The below "ADVICE" is the best opportunity to hook/net some trout...maybe a long vacation from the water during august into September until we get cooling air temps and water flows.
If you insist on fishing the BT; whether below town or throughout the "canyon" on the California-side, do so early and leave early. I'm talking angling early AM to at the maximum noon! Water temperatures are in the high -60's even at that time; the fish can be stressed irregardless of what type of water you fish.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Here's the opening paragraph*:
"At its heart, fly fishing is about connections. When we wade into a handsome trout stream or stalk across a vast bonefish flat, we hope to touch something elemental, something that resonates deep inside. Rather than sitting in front of our TV sets or viewing nature through a window, we immerse ourselves in the world around us, the sunshine, the currents, the breeze and the intricate dance of life itself become more obvious, more personal, more real. And when graced with a trout, tarpon, or a steelhead on the end of our line, we can't help but give thanks for such an incredible gift."
* authors; Craig Matthews, Yvon Chouinard, Tom Rosenbauer &Todd Tanner
Friday, June 20, 2014
It is along the Glenshire stretch of the Truckee River, above the Cat-House Hole, (aka The White House, Polaris or Pink House area), between the old walking trail along the rock wall and the new Legacy trail. If someone wants the GPS, I'll get it...let me know...da "crack" is highly visible.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
MAY 24---"Well we’re still waiting for the consistent surface action on both the BT and LT. Best method remains sub-surface dredging with or w/o indicators. Dry/dropper “searching” has resulted in a few takes, but nothing of bragging size. Water temps on the BT yesterday were 57-59 along Glenshire; figure a tick or two lower below the reservoir inflows. Big water below Boca inflow in the low 700 cfs; above in the low 300’s to mid-100’s depending how high up along route 89.
Haven’t seen any more Fly Black Carpenter Ants; they were present a couple of days last week. Now were on the look-out/watch for adult Golden Stones and Green Drakes. Seining indicates they are present and maturing….so soon. Seeing small adult crane flies, sporadic PMD’s, Spotted and Green Rock Worm caddis. I’m getting a bit anxious, I want surface targets."
MAY 27---"I am strictly a wading guide and do not operate in Nevada. As of today there has not been any consistent dry fly angling. If so, skills are required because the few risers have been finicky."
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Where there any disappointments? One, just a bit; I'd hope for more target-shooting when we drift-fished the last three days. It occurred on our first two days of wade-fishing. Fish were up and the hatch lasted about four hour both days. The area we wade-fished was the lower Section A. We stalked the banks to about 1-1/2 miles above "Little Hole". There was plenty of water to fish; everyone setting-in at a spot where there were plenty of fish to target. Best flies were 18 BWO Pull- Overs trailing #20-22 Griffith's Gnats on 11'-12' leaders with 6 x tippets.
E-notes to friends on wade-fishing the first two days:
"I'm currently fly fishing the Green River's Flaming Gorge. I have never seen so many trout at the surface for an extended 4 hour period of a BWO hatch; exception being at Silver Creek during a Trico emergence/spinner fall."
"...I had a trying day (editor...tongue in cheek) casting to pods of surface-feeding 14"-18" Browns on the A section of the Green River from 1100-1600..the Baetis hatch last that long!...tough day ;-)."